THE INSTRUCTOR ACADEMY: SOME ADVICE WHEN TRAINING CHILDREN

Some general advice when teaching children:

It is important that we always train techniques on both sides. We do not practice joint locks or neck locks with children.

What is good to think about in different age groups?

The small kid’s (age 5-7 years):
Small kids are active and curious. They like to make new friends in groups. They like games with simple rules.
The coordination between vision (eyes) and limb movements is not yet full developed.
You have to change technique often, otherwise it is easy for them to lose interest. When instructing, it is important not to get stuck
too many details, associate and use similes instead.
The most important thing is to conduct an all-round basic training with simpler preparatory techniques, gymnastics and games. Keep going though the discipline! Children like to learn which rules apply.
In other words, the goal here is to teach general motor skills and practice different movement patterns. Movement learning becomes more important than strict technical learning. At this age, training once a week is quite enough.

The child group (8-12 years):

Now the school-age starts. It becomes more important to succeed and to compare oneself with others. The children’s attention is sharpened and they are able to train longer on technical details. At the same time, they often require more detailed explanations of techniques and question more out of pure curiosity. Motor skills, balance and coordination are better developed.
After the age of 9-10, they also get better combination motor skills.
The most important thing is continued technical skills training and you can more specifically start training the various physical qualities.
The interest in competition becomes more tangible and this is an appropriate age for an introduction to competition training.

Cadet training (age 13-15 years):
Now a lot happens to the body and everything else that puberty entails! You have to get used to your new one changed body. Old techniques may need to be relearned. A certain uncertainty can become a prominent sign.
At this age, you can increase both the training dose and the technical difficulty. One should not forget that adapt the training to the individual’s conditions. Offer an all-round training and avoid premature specialization.
Also, avoid focusing solely on competition results! The cadets must learn all aspects of our martial art.

Today, the focus is increasingly on a much too early elite investment. With our concept (which also a lot of research confirms), then an all-round training (without early elite pressure) probably gives better results and success even in the years after child training. Maybe you will also get a body without injuries and continued motivation!

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