Classic 2-4yrs Classroom Set Up

When setting up the 2-4yrs class, you need to keep in mind that you are setting up for both them and their parents/guardians.

All of the exercises need to be spaced out, allowing plenty of room for them to move about with their partner.

Keep it engaging and relevant to the technique you’re teaching that day.

 

Class Structure

Begin the class with an exercise course. For young kids, it should contain as many exercises as possible that relate to the technique/game of the day.

Course Examples

Break Fall Class – Set the wedges up in the circuit for forward and backwards rolls

Side Controls – Have a section where the kids race their mum or dad with alligator/crocodile walks (for really little kids this will look like an army crawl)

Remember with the 2-4 years, we are trying to use games and exercises that develop the motor skills so kids can go on and learn techniques easily when they get older.

Run this for 10mins

Technique of the Week

Please refer to the classes provided to determine the technique.

Run this for 10mins

Play a Fun Game

Run this for 5-10mins

 

Finish with Participation Stickers

Shane Moore

Instructor
Maroochydore

“Koalas is all about the fundamental movement and having fun with Mum & Dad. It’s awesome to see how fast youngsters improve and adapt – balance, coordination, backward rolls, ninja kicks! As well as how much fun they have showing the parents new moves like the Koala Tree or Crazy Horse.”

    Structure Benefits

    Helps create atmosphere when the numbers are small in the class.

    When teaching the class technique or game because the class is smaller you can spend more time with the kids, which should make it easier for them to grasp the class.

    Drills & Skills

    Drills to help the development of skills and techniques.

    Games

    Fun games to end training sessions.

     

    2-4 CLASSES

    Class 1 - Trap & Roll - Lesson A (Classic)

    Warm up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example: Bridge examination

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example: Classic – Choke defence Trap & Roll

    Technique
    Trap & Roll
    (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    Classic – Choke defence

    Common Mistakes
    – Weak controls due to incorrect thumb positioning on the grips and allowing elbows to stray from the body.
    – Low hip positioning during the bridge transition – AGAIN THE BALL ROLL CAN AID WITH THIS.
    – Incorrect guard control posture

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    Safety tip if you are bridging a kid off be careful you don’t roll over them make sure
    you post on your own.

    Game
    Poison ball

     

    Video: Classic Trap & Roll

    Class 1 - Trap & Roll - Lesson B (Arm Hook)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development. 

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Bridge Examination

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day. 

    Example – Arm Hook – Punch Block – Trap & Roll

    Technique
    Trap & Roll (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    Arm Hook – Punch

    Common Mistakes
    – Wrapping the arm from outside in instead of inside out
    – Low hip positioning during the bridge transition – AGAIN THE BALL ROLL CAN AID WITH THIS
    – Incorrect guard control posture

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    Safety Tip – If you are bridging a kid off, be careful the arm you hook doesn’t stay palm down on the mat as when you bridge they will hurt their fingers. Get them to turn their palm up and hug your shoulders.

    Game
    Poison ball

     

    Video: Arm Hook

    Class 2 - Controls - Lesson A (Mount)

    Warm up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply
    to the class for that day.

    Example – Bear Crawl – Dot to dot / Ladders

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the
    day.

    Example – Aeroplane Base – Low Swim – High Swim

    Technique
    Controls – Mount (choose most relevant option for students in attendance)
    – Aeroplane base
    – Low swim
    – High swim

    Common Mistakes
    – When using the aeroplane base the arm we use for base tends to be put on the mat too
    close to the opponent make sure it is placed out wide to maintain a strong base
    – With the low swim it is common to forget to turn the arm over before pulling out
    – Forget to swim into the space revert too knocking arms out of the way

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    – With the aeroplane defence highlight the importance of spreading those hands nice and wide like a big aeroplane (ie. staying connected with the floor, we can help them by holding their arms when we move them from side to side)
    – With low swims discuss space management highlight their goal to clamp and your goal to rotate to gain space to pull out
    – Highlight the need to swim in against stronger people you will not be able to knock a stronger persons arm out of the way

    Game
    Zombies – can also use a ball

     

     Video: Mount

    Class 2 - Controls - Lesson B (Modified Mount)

       Warm up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Mount Controls – Aeroplane Base – Low Swim – High Swim

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Crazy Crab Claws

    Technique
    Controls – Mount
    (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    – Crazy Crab Claws

    Common Mistakes
    – When our opponent rolls students tend to stay attached
    – Really young kids forget to move the feet to stay on top
    – Choosing the wrong leg to post with when doing a fast roll

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    – Making the kids stand and use the crab claws helps them understand the need to move side to side
    – Let the kids know for a fast roll that the standing leg is the leg on side which their opponent is rolling

    Game
    Colour hunting

     

    Videos: High Swim
                  Low Swim

    Class 3 - Clinching - Lesson A (Closing the Distance)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Noodle Striking

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Avoiding Overhands & Hooks

    Technique
    Avoiding overhands and hooks (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    Avoiding overhands and hooks

    Common Mistakes
    – When the kids make a rhino horn they will let their elbows stray apart

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    – I tell the kids to make sure they stand on their surf board and I do it first they will tend to copy me, this will give them a good base
    – After they use the rhino horns land a few mock shots then ask them to run and give you a big cuddle after all this is what the clinch is

    Game
    Coconut Shy

     

    Video: Closing the Distance 

    Class 3 - Clinching - Lesson B - (Body Fold Takedowns)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Rolls & Break Falls

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Leg Hook Takedown

    Technique
    Leg Hook (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    Leg Hook

    Common Mistakes
    – When the kids make a rhino horn they will let their elbows stray apart
    – Holding on to the clinch for too long results in a lack of control through the takedown.
    – Students always underestimate the need for BASE. With this technique you must widen your feet and arms whenever the opportunity presents itself.

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    – When defending the overhands and hooks remember to use the term rhino horns to describe the arm positioning
    – As you close the distance remember to swim your arms on your way to the clinch
    – When making a step for the clinch teach them to listen to their opponents heart beat this will put their head in the correct position
    – Sumo base is a good way of describing the position of the legs prior to the take down.

    SAFETY TIPS!
    – As you complete the fold, remember to move your arms from behind the back so you get the hands trapped and you can then use your hands to aid the fall of your opponent.
    – This will probably be a technique that as an instructor you might have to do with the kids, as a lot of parents will not be able to fall properly.

    Game
    Sumo

     

    Video: Body Fold Takedowns

    Class 4 - Transitions - Lesson A (Taking the Back)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Balancing on a Swiss Ball

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Backpack and/or Run Around

    Technique
    Leg hook (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    – Backpack
    – Run Around

    Common Mistakes
    – Poor hooks
    – Sat too high or to low on the back
    – Weak squeeze

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    When describing the basic back control position, explain to the kids they should be like a backpack, so it should be hard for your opponent to see you.

    Explain how it is very important to put the hooks on the inside of the legs. The kids will forget to do this, leaving them out and therefore loosing the back as soon as their opponent moves.

    Refer to the ‘squeeze’ as making a seat belt grip. This is because one arm should go over the top of the shoulder and one should go under the arm, hence like a seat belt.

    Game
    Knight & Horses

     

    Video: Taking the Back

    Class 5 - Self Defence - Lesson A (Defend & Scramble)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Leg Rotations – Open Guard Noodle Striking

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Koala Carries

    Technique
    Koala Carries (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    Koala Carries

    Common Mistakes
    – Weak controls
    – Legs to low when closing the guard

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    Explain the need for a high leg position with the Closed Guard, to break your opponent’s posture and to stay attached like a koala.

    Cuddling the head will help with that koala position.

    Game
    Dodgeball

     

    Video: Defend & Scramble

    Class 5 - Self Defence - Lesson B (Defend & Scramble)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Leg Rotations – Open Guard Noodle Striking

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Open Guard

    Technique
    Open Guard (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    Open Guard

    Common Mistakes
    – Placing the feet on the floor.
    – Not moving when we move around the legs.

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    Encourage the kids to draw circles with their legs.

    Try to get them to move so they always keep their legs between them and their opponent.

    If you feel like it and the kids are doing well, get them to try and get up and run away. This is often lots of fun.

    Game
    Dodgeball

     

    Video: Defend & Scramble

    Class 6 - Straight Arm Locks - Lesson A (Mount)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Mount Controls

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Straight Arm Lock

    Technique
    Mount (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    – Straight Arm Lock
    – Steal the Ball

    Common Mistakes
    – If mum or dad don’t press up hard, this makes it difficult to attack with this Arm Lock. In order to practice this technique we need the correct response from our partner
    – As the leg passes over the head, students will fall back instead of sitting down on the spot. Parents can control this

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    Highlight the need to put all the weight on mum or dad. This will let the legs move freely.

    You will want to create pressure around the arm you are locking so it is important that you nip your knees together and you draw your feet in.

    Always point the thumb on the arm you are locking, towards the sky, as the elbow is always directly underneath the thumb (I say thumbs up for go means you’re ok to arm lock).

    Game
    Ball Hold Game – Turtle and/or Open Guard

     

    Video: Straight Arm Lock

    Class 7 - Clinching - Lesson A (Rear Clinch)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Balance Drills – Hopscotch, Pad Jumping, Parkour, Sumo, Noodle Striking

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Haymaker Punch

    Technique – Rear clinch
    (choose most relevant option for students in attendance).

    – Haymaker Punch
    – Hold on Tight
    – Combinations

    Common Mistakes
    – Failure to keep a safe distance prior to your charge. Remember make the attacker come to you
    – When making your entrance, it is common to stop in no mans land. You must keep going till you get the clinch

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    Get the kids onto their surf boards so they have a good base, remember if you do it, they will copy you.

    Highlight the need to commit to the clinch/closing. Encourage the little ones to run around and go give mum or dad a big cuddle.

    Game
    Human Bowling

     

    Video: Rear Clinch

    Class 8 - Controls - Lesson A (Side Mount)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day.

    Example – Balance drills – Army Crawls – Alligator Crocodile Movement

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day.

    Example – Roll Control

    Technique – Side Control
    (choose most relevant option for students in attendance)

    – Roll Control
    – Transition to Mount
    – Leap Frog to Mount

    Common Mistakes
    – Failure to create pressure on the cross face due to a shallow grip. Tell the kids to give mum dad a big squeeze

    Teaching Tips & Terminology
    It is good to let the kids know to base their legs back, spreading out like a big star.

    Make sure you simulate trying to escape. It makes it a lot more fun for the kids.

    Game
    Human bowling

     

    Video: Side Mount

    Class 9 - Take Downs - Lesson A (Double Leg / Baiana)

    Warm up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development.

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day

    Example – Rolls and/or Break Falls

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day

    Example: Double leg – Basic Shot – Distract and Shot – Combinations

    Technique – Double leg
    (choose most relevant option for students in attendance)

    – Basic shot
    – Distract and shoot
    – Combinations

    Common Mistakes

    – Placing the wrong knee on the floor when penetrating
    – For parents – when they are being taken down they will tend to fall with straight legs and try to put their hands on the ground
    – Putting the head in-between the legs instead of on the outside

    Teaching Tips & Terminology

    – Make sure the kids have good break falls before partnering them up with each other
    – Make sure the adults know to squat down when the kids grab their legs and let them know how to break fall

    Game
    Sniper

     

    Video: Double Leg Take Down

    Class 10 - Self Defence - Lesson A (Catching Kicks / Single Leg Take Down)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day

    Example – Kick practice using pads or against us

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day

    Example – Front kick – Round House – Combinations

    Technique
    Catching kicks (choose most relevant option for students in attendance)

    – Front kick
    – Round house
    – Combinations

    Common Mistakes

    – Not moving to reduce the impact of the kicks
    – When parents fall they will tend to put their hands on the ground first this can cause injury make sure they work their break falls

    Teaching Tips & Terminology

    – Make sure the kids have good break falls before partnering them up with each other
    – Make sure the adults know to squat down when the kids grab their legs and let them know how to break fall
    – Teach the kids how to do the kicks themselves prior to the technique part usually on one of the stations as this will help them to be able to do the technique with their mum or dad

    Game
    Tockey

     

    Video: Catching Kicks – Front Kick

    Video: Catching Kicks – Round House

    Video: Catching Kicks – Combinations

     

    Class 11 - Self Defence - Lesson A (Base)

    Information still to come

    Class 12 - Guard - Lesson A (Crazy Legs)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day

    Example – Koala Carries

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day

    Example – Knee Shield – Kick Out & Run – Combinations

    Technique – Guard
    Choose most relevant option for students in attendance

    – Knee Shield
    – Kick Out & Run
    – Combinations

    Common Mistakes

    – Weak controls, legs to low when closing the guard
    – With the punch block cannot allow too much separation try to get them to lift their hips nice and high

    Teaching Tips & Terminology

    – Explain the need for a high leg position with the closed guard, to Break your opponents posture and to stay attached like a koala
    – When working with the kids help them by lifting their hips if the struggling or push their knees together if they are apart
    – Remind the kids to keep their hands up nice and high making those rhino horns
    – I like to make a game of the escape by creating a safe base where if the kids get to they are safe makes it more fun

    Game
    Target Practice

     

    Video: Knee Shield

    Video: Kick Out & Run

    Video: Combinations

    Class 13 - Guard Passing - Lesson A (Open Guard)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day

    Example – Target Practice – Shooting Hoops, Catching – Rugby & Balancing Exercises – Hopscotch, Walking the Plank etc.

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day

    Example – Pass with Side Mount Finish – Mount Finish

    Technique – Guard Passing
    Choose most relevant option for students in attendance

    – Side mount finish
    – Mount finish

    Common Mistakes

    – Weak controls on the legs
    – Moving with the legs instead of throwing them

    Teaching Tips & Terminology

    – Once the kids have grips on the legs tell them to throw them away and give mum or dad a hug
    – Once they have side mount get them to use a big squeeze
    – When they climb into mount get mum or dad to check that the feet are tucked in and that the arm are stretched out like a big aeroplane

    Game
    Dodgeball

     

    Video: Side Mount Finish

    Video: Full Mount Finish

    Class 14 - Self Defence - Lesson A (Ukemi)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day

    Example – Swiss Ball Rolls, Falls & Balancing

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day

    Example – Rear Break Fall – Forward Break Fall – The Big Fall

    Technique – Break falls
    Choose most relevant option for students in attendance

    – Rear
    – Forward
    – The big fall

    Common Mistakes

    – Allowing the head to flop around
    – Slapping the ground with the wrong part of the hand
    – Falling back head first during the big fall

    Teaching Tips & Terminology

    – Ask the kids to pretend that they have some superglue on their chin this will help them to remember to keep their chin on their chest
    – I always ask the kids to check out their palms and then I ask them to hit the ground as hard as they can then I will let them know that this is the part of your hand that is going to hit the ground when you fall
    – With the big fall remind all parents that they need to get the kids falling back wards bum first and head last this will help with the fall

    Game
    Coconut shy

     

    Video: Rear Break Fall

    Video: Forward Break Fall

    Video: The Big Fall

    Class 15 - Take Downs - Lesson A (Rear Throw)

    Warm Up
    Basic conditioning and motor skill development

    Classic Structure
    Circuit that should contain as many exercises that apply to the class for that day

    Example – Rolls & Break Falls

    Stations
    Have at least one station that is devoted to the technique of the day

    Example – Killer Grips – Throw From Standing or From the Knees – Ring a Ring a Rosey

    Technique – Rear Throw
    Choose most relevant option for students in attendance

    – Killer Grips
    – Throw From Standing & From the Knees
    – Ring a Ring a Rosey

    Common Mistakes

    – Incorrect hand position with the grips
    – Parents falling from an upright position instead of bending their knees

    Teaching Tips & Terminology

    – When I want the kids to grip my collars or T shirt I tend to pass the part of my clothing to them that I want them to grip
    – Remember to correct any hand position by touching and moving don’t try to talk your way through
    – Make sure parents are comfortable with falling
    – When doing the ring a ring of roses remember if you move they will move

    Game
    Belt Strip Hide & Grab

     

    Video: Killer Grips

    Video: Standing & Knee Throws

    Video: Ring a Ring a Rosey