Teachers are always looking for fun, motivating, and effective ways to improve the lifelong fitness of kids and teens. This new book and video package will help you quickly and easily learn basic noncontact martial art techniques—whether you have previous experience or not—so you can get your physical education students excited about cardiokickboxing.
Teaching Martial Arts for Fitness and Fun: A Noncontact Approach for Young People puts martial arts into an educational context. It focuses on how children and adolescents can practice the techniques safely to get aerobically fit, improve flexibility and balance, and have a good time. The book includes a wealth of essential teaching tools, all in one ready-to-use package:
• 9 illustrations and over 30 photos for a step-by-step look at key skills
• Skills checklists
• Detailed lesson plans
• The history of martial arts and its benefits
• Appropriate assessments for 12 different martial art skills
You can select the format that fits your curriculum, including 8-week, 16-week, 24-week, and 32-week unit plans. Each unit plan describes the space and equipment needed, the purpose of the lesson, the organization of the class, and the lesson schedule. It also includes space to jot down ideas for the next lesson.
The book also includes instructions on using the companion video effectively. The video includes a 20-minute demonstration of basic techniques and a complete 25-minute aerobic workout that incorporates your newly learned skills. You can view the video on your own to learn fundamental moves and build confidence before class. You can also share the video with your students to enhance learning.
Whether or not you have a background in martial arts, Teaching Martial Arts for Fitness and Fun: A Noncontact Approach for Young People is a great way to learn basic moves and introduce students safely and correctly to a physical activity that they can enjoy for a lifetime.
Chapter 1. Basics and Benefits of Martial Arts
• Defining Martial Arts
• Benefits of Practicing Martial Arts
Chapter 2. Martial Art Systems: Historical and Cultural Backgrounds
• Martial Art Systems
• Historical Perspective
• Cultural Connections
Chapter 3. Lesson Plans
• Week 1. Introduction, Marching, Side-to-Side Step, and Straight Punch
• Week 2. Front-to-Back Step and Knee Kick
• Week 3. Hook Punch
• Week 4. Front Kick
• Week 5. Body Movements With Strikes and Body Movements With Kicks
• Week 6. Triple Combinations
• Week 7. Review
• Week 8. Assessment
• Week 9. Upper Cut and Double and Triple Combinations
• Week 10. Angle Kick and Double and Triple Combinations
• Week 11. Palm Heel Strike and Double and Triple Combinations
• Week 12. Side Kick and Double Combinations
• Week 13. Instructor-Lead Routines
• Week 14. Student-Lead Routines
• Week 15. Review
• Week 16. Assessment
• Week 17. Tiger Claw and Double and Triple Combinations
• Week 18. Half Jacks and Double and Multiple Combinations
• Week 19. Tiger Mouth and Double and Triple Combinations
• Week 20. Rhythm Bag Punching and Double and Multiple Combinations
• Week 21. Instructor-Led Routines
• Week 22. Student-Led Routines
• Week 23. Review
• Week 24. Assessment
• Week 25. Knife Hand and Double and Triple Combinations
• Week 26. Advanced Combinations
• Week 27. Ridge Hand and Double and Triple Combinations
• Week 28. Speed Drills
• Week 29. Student-Led Routines
• Week 30. Student-Led Routines
• Week 31. Review
• Week 32. Assessment
Appendix. Assessment Instruments
Resource for physical education teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools; physical education administrators and supervisors; university PETE faculty; health/fitness club instructors; and youth group leaders.
Jason Winkle, MS, is an instructor of physical education at Indiana State University and manager of its fitness career facilities where he teaches others how to teach kickboxing aerobic routines. A martial art expert with 21 years of experience, he has achieved instructor rank in multiple martial art systems. Winkle is founder and chief instructor of a martial art firm. He earned his MS degree in kinesiology from Indiana University.
John Ozmun, PED, is chairperson of the department of physical education at Indiana State University. He is coauthor of Understanding Motor Development: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults, one of the most widely used motor development textbooks nationally and internationally. Dr. Ozmun earned his doctorate in motor development and adapted physical education from Indiana University and holds a black belt in the martial art of hapkido.