Lesson Planning For Karate Instructors: Four Main Components Of An Effective Lesson Plan

As a karate instructor, you no doubt understand the importance of lesson planning. Developing an effective lesson plan is of vital importance, especially for new instructors. However, even for a highly experienced instructor it does not hurt to revisit some basic lesson planning principles. There are several main components that are critical to the overall lesson content of karate at all levels. These components are: Element, which includes basic training, forms, and partner work; Type, which includes quality, quantity, fun, and serious; Level, which is beginner, intermediate, and advanced; Focus, which includes grading syllabus, analysis and application of forms, self-defense, target training, and general drills. Generally, every lesson will include all four of these components. The parts of each component …

Moms Require Energy And Nutrition Fit For An Athlete

Moms let their inner athletes shine through from the minute they step out of bed in the morning to the moment they turn in for the night. Career, household, children, community responsibilities-they tackle it all on a daily basis. A nationwide survey found that 70 percent of moms believe that all of the activity they pack into each and every day makes them similar to athletes. Since good nutrition is vital to an athlete’s performance, it may be time for moms to begin thinking about food as fuel for their busy lives. By choosing foods rich in energy and nutrients, moms can ensure a strong finish at day’s end. Grain-based foods such as crackers and tortillas made from enriched white …

The History of Steeplechase Horse Racing

The sport of Steeplechase racing dates back to 1752 in Ireland when two, half-crocked, friends settled the argument over who owned the best horse by racing to the nearest Church steeple after returning from Fox hunting. The winner actually rode right through the church where the vicar was holding a solemn funeral. Soon steeplechase racing spread to England, where in 1792, the first recorded race was held. This sport then crossed over from the Atlantic to the US, where it has became very popular. In the early 19th century nine prominent men from New York – August Belmont, H. DeCourcy Forbes, Samuel S. Howland, James O. Green, Frederick Gebhard, A.J. Cassatt, Foxhall P. Keene, John G. Follansbee and Frederick H. …

Karate Lesson 1: Developing Discipline And Self-Control

My most influential teachers always said the most important karate lesson was whatever fostered greater discipline and self control. They wisely pointed out, that with this foundation in place, everything else follows in natural order. I’m glad that people have started to ask about discipline and self control in karate, because it is not inherently obvious how the practice of punches and kicks can lead to improvement in these areas. In fact it almost seems like a paradox that the practice of martial arts could possibly develop calm, assured and highly disciplined individuals. Are we all falling for the hype that is touted in the popular martial arts magazines or is there really some truth to the claims of improved …