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101 Games and Drills for Martial Arts Paperback – April 26, 2002

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Whether you are an instructor, student, coach, teacher, trainer or fitness enthusiast, this book will help make learning and practice of martial arts more enjoyable and interesting.With over a hundred drills and games aimed at both children and adults, you will find a wealth of drills and games for improving both skills and fitness without boring repetition. The book has been divided into ten sections including 66 drills and 35 games with many variations.The book will bring a fresh and exciting new range of drills and games to your martial arts training.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amacsports Ltd; 3rd edition (April 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954069560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954069568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,192,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan L. Nicholls on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
The way this book sets out each individual activity on a single page describing the activity, the purpose of the activity, and variations to the activity is easily its best asset. It provides a number of activities that promote various concepts such as balance, speed etc and encases them in a way to focus on these objectives without the monotony that martial arts instructors can sometimes fall into. It is let down however in two main areas - some of the content and the pictures.

First, some of the drills or games in this book are just basic martial arts drills that any student would have done hundreds of times in class before. It certainly reduces the value of a book titled 101 games and drills as anyone buying this would expect the book to contain ideas that are out of the box, not drills that are the mainstay of every martial art they've ever done. Second, I would consider some of these exercises completely unsafe and unnecessarily risky, and disagree with the ratings (whether suitable for children, or beginners, advanced students etc) on others.

Second, the pictures certainly do this book a disservice - they are horrible drawings not of people engaged in the exercises, but of those artists dummies supposedly engaged in the exercises. A simple black and white photo or a drawing of actual people would've done wonders for this book. Another issue with the pictures is they are not always correct - some of the pictures that are on the activity are for a different activity, and with some of the exercises this can prove difficult in understanding the point of the exercise and exactly how it should be setup.

Those two issues aside, I think most instructors would find this an useful resource to prevent boredom setting into their warm ups and drills by introducing an element of variety and fun while still learning martial arts concepts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Arnott on January 20, 2008
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This book is an enormous relief. Keeping kids' classes engaged is always a challenge. When I got this book I started marking drills to use in class and within 15 minutes had more possibilities than I'd use in six months, introducing new games each class. Perhaps ten to twenty percent of the drills wouldn't work for me, some would present too much of an occasion for injury, or didn't suit our curriculum, but on the whole this is a simply great addition to any studio library.

I've had the book only a couple of weeks and have used its drills in both adult and kids classes. They are simply and clearly described and easy to adapt.

This is a dandy book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on July 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This really is a GREAT book!!, No kidding, it's great for all of the "so called" fledgling instructors because it's so quick & easy to put into practice.

After several years of teaching 'though, one can become a little stale and risk losing your students interest or even their membership, because your warm up and training routines have become so predictable and boring.

Are you still doing lots of sit up & press ups?.....YAWN!! Know what I mean?? If you're instructor is still warming up the class this way, do them & your classmates a favour & buy them a copy of this for their birthday!! Everyone will thank you for it.

I haven't seen any other books like or as good as this one, I wish I'd bought a copy of this in 2000 when it first appeared, it would have saved me many sleepless nights worried about what I was going to do the next lesson.

There is one large & clearly presented warm-up & exercise drill on every page, giving a clear "Purpose", "Procedure" &/or "Variations" for each exercise.

Since I started to use this manual my karate classes; both junior and adult; have started to come alive. All the students have much more FUN & are better motivated to work harder, even 'though they don't realise they're putting more effort into the workout - some of the older students even break into a sweat!!

If you manage to maintain or even attract more students to your club because you're using lessons from this book, then it's worth its weight in gold.
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