What would be a really good karate demonstration for a high school group of children?

As part of a culture week I have been asked by a school to run several karate classes and do a karate demonstration. With only two days there is not a lot of time to teach anything advanced, so what sort of demo should I do (i am a wado ryu and shotokan practioner) thank you.

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5 Responses to What would be a really good karate demonstration for a high school group of children?

  1. Kat says:

    How long do you get them for each day? At the high school level they shiuld be able to pick up stuff pretty quickly.

    Maybe use one day to teach them all some basics moves. (punches, front kick, blocks etc.) Then use the second day to teach them a basic kata. If you don’t have one, make one up, just using the simple things.

    Also because it’s part of culture week you might want to remember to use the words “sensei” and teach them to bow at the beginning. Don’t just spend the whole time teaching them strikes, blocks, stances etc. Use some of the time to show them the terminology and history in karate.

  2. LIONDANCER says:

    I usually put beginners into my demos. You don’t want people looking at all the fancy moves and say ‘Wow, I’ll never be able to do that’. Having a beginner perform will let them say ‘I can do that’. That way they are not discouraged to maybe join up with you and take classes. I have maybe one or two advanced students perform to show what a lot of practice can accomplish but I do stress that the black belts looked just like the beginners when they started out.
    I don’t know what you teach but my demos have some empty hand form, some weapons and maybe some breaking techniques and a sparring demo, basically a summary or overview of all the different things we teach. Being a high school I would allow time for the students to ask questions. A lot of times they can come up with enough stuff they want to see they do all the work rather than you trying to figure out what to put in the demo.

  3. Evan says:

    do some fancy kata. and break boards kids go nuts for that. I have done this and i broke a few boards at the end with my head and everyone went insane.

    self defense demos are boring so avoid that

  4. Riceman says:

    Breaking boards, bricks, ice, and other stunts are what you usually see at this sort of exhibition.

  5. travisty says:

    For a demonstration, i would say 1 or 2 basic low rank katas, then 1 or 2 of the more advanced katas. if you do kisos and bunkais 1 or 2 of those, show them a few drills you do.

    for teaching them…first day basics (stances, punches,kicks, blocks) second day, a short review of day 1 then teach them a throw or two (if mats are available.) if no mats are available, take them through a drill or two.

    personally i am against teaching kata to people who are not training.

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