Drills-Fast Defense

In this drill we want the students to understand that a fast and simple defense is always the best.

Begin by having the students spread out around the classroom and face a partner.

Side A is going to throw a jab or cross at Side B. Instruct side B to use the fastest and simplest defense, which would be a parry. Perform 5 to 8 repetitions and then switch sides.

Next, switch techniques to have Side A throw a low front kick, and Side B to counter with a simple shielding motion. Perform 5 to 8 repetitions and then switch sides. Remember to emphasize how easy, fast, and effective this defense is.

Finally, have Side A throw a high round kick at Side B’s head. Teach the student a simple, easy to apply, and fast cover motion to block the kick. Perform 5 to 8 repetitions and then switch sides.


Start this drill off by explaining to the students that Speed is a very important physical trait. Speed is the momentum that brings all of our techniques together and makes them successful. We can have nice technique, but if we do not execute the technique with momentum, the technique will not be successful.

There are different types of speed. The type of speed we are working on today is called relative speed. Relative speed is how fast something is between point A and point B. For instance, how fast your punch or kick goes from your chamber to your target.

Because when we are in our fighting stance our jab hand is the closet hand to our target, is one reason that the jab is the fastest hand technique that we can execute. (Have the students execute 5 to 8 quick jabs.)

(Move on to explain that the fastest kicks in martial arts are front leg kicks because of their distance from the target. Have the students execute 5 to 8 quick front leg front kicks and 5 to 8 front leg rear kicks.)

Our next type of speed is called reaction time. Reaction time is not like relative speed, how fast something is from point A to point B. Reaction time is how fast you decide that you need to go from point A to point B, and then how fast you do it. So a very important part of reaction time is decision making. Decide what to and when to react.

Next as the students are in their class formation, give them a number that will identify the techniques that they have just executed. A #1 is for a jab, #2 is for a front leg front kick, and #3 is for a front leg round kick.

As you give the number commands, the students should then throw the appropriate technique. Call out the numbers in order a couple of times, and then mix the numbers up and finally call the numbers quickly to better test their reaction time.


This drill is designed to increase a students understanding that the more we apply our focus and concentration the easier a task becomes, when we keep our focus on our teacher when she is speaking, the more we understanding her lessons.

The greater focus we have when doing our homework the more correct answer we will have. Sparring is no different, the more we focus on our opponent the better we will be able to defend ourselves.

Have the students pair with a partner and spread out around the classroom. Instruct the students that one side is to throw one single attack, either a jab, cross, or a hooking slap motion to the side of the head. Have the other student defend with either a parry or cover motion.

Emphasize to the defending students that the more they focus on their partners movements, they easier defending their attack will be. Then switch to conduct the drill for the other side.

Drill-Focus Gauntlet

Have your students’ line up in straight lines of six to eight with the students standing shoulder to shoulder. Each person standing in line is to have a square target. A few people should have black targets and a few should have red targets or a different kind of target like a pork chop pad.

Have one student at the end of the line facing the first person. Instruct the students in the line to attack the student when they step in front of them by swinging the back or punching the pad at the student.

The student that is in front is to block the attack and step in front of the next person. If the attacker has the red pad the student not only blocks the attack, they are also to counter attack with a straight punch.

When the defending student reaches the end of the line they are to take the place of any student in the line and that student is to run to the end of the line and begin down the focus gauntlet.

Drill-Spinning Back Fist

Begin this drill by teaching or review with the students a spinning back fist. Next line the students up in drill lines.

At the end of the lines have your instructors hold a piece of striking film vertically. On the striking film draw a red dot or circle about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.

As the students move through the lines and reach the instructor, they are to execute a spinning back fist to the striking film, focusing to hit only the red circle.

Explain to the students that by spinning with the back fist we increase the difficultly of hitting their target of the red circle, making them concentrate and focus harder.

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