Monday, June 04, 2007

Kids Aikido

I came across this and thought i'd post it. I figured John would be interested in it in particular.

1 comment:

Patrick Parker said...

I liked the video and the instructor's methods a lot. It wasn't too long ago that I would have cringed at the thought of having to teach a bunch of kids. now I find it to be really fun, so long as I make the methods appropriate like this guy does.

I haven't thought of making them shout everything they say. That would be fun but it might make me crazy with the echo in the small dojo.

I tend to intersperse the drills, like ukemi, with running laps, laterals, grapevine, hopping, skipping, etc... The parents tend to thank me for exhausting some of their excess energy.

To me the aggravating thing about teaching kids is these days parents simply force their kids to do too damn many activities. Judo, dance, soccer, church, teeball, tutoring, etc... etc... etc... We never have time to get them involved in judo before they have to take a couple of months off for teeball or soccer. This is an area that I'm thinking about how to adapt so that I get better involvement. I've thought about a short course type structure, or maybe a sort of merit-badge-like system similar to cub scouts. something in which the info is organized into smaller chunks that can be presented asynchronously with possibly long gaps between courses. Still thinking about that one...

Mike Belote taught me the best version of mokuso that i've ever seen. Simple to get kids to do too. Sit seiza or anza, close the eyes for some set amount of time and listen to see how many different sounds they can identify and catalog. Then we go around the circle and see who heard and identified the most sounds. For an interesting variation, have them imagine when they hear a sound, going up to it and looking around to see what made it. See if they can picture in their mind the thing making he sound. Sort of an attention/awareness expanding thing.

Anyway, very good video. Keep finding and posting stuff like this for us to think about, Andy.