Let’s be honest, teaching children's martial arts classes can be hard.
Kids have short attention spans, and the second they stop enjoying your class, it's game over. They’ll start picking the mats, talking to their friends, or thinking about the latest video game rather than focusing on what you’re saying. You end up spending more time trying to control the chaos than teaching.
All kids lose focus once in a while, but if your classes are chaos every day it will become a grind. You'll end up counting down the seconds with dread until the class starts, and then pull your hair out in frustration as you try to teach the simplest of techniques.
Worse yet, if the kids aren’t enjoying your classes and you're frustrated, the parents are going to question whether martial arts classes are right for their child.
However, as I’m sure you've been told before, a good children’s programme is essential to the success of a martial arts academy. Apart from being one of the most rewarding classes to teach when done correctly, children's classes are a vital source of income for most academies.
But Most Instructors Have No Idea How To Make A Kids Classes Engaging...
Unfortunately, most instructors have no idea how to run a successful children’s martial arts programme and try to teach them like adults with a few ‘fun’ games thrown in.
Anyone that’s taught children for an extended period know’s that method doesn’t work long term. In fact, the result of using this approach in your classes are; bored kids, a frustrated instructor, and parents wondering if the battle to get their kids to a class is really worth it.
I’m here to tell you there is another way. With a few simple changes, your kid's classes may just become your favourite to teach, and the most successful part of your school.
How do I know this? For a long time, I used to be just like you. While my kid's classes didn’t completely suck, they definitely needed improving, and they weren't my favourite to teach.
That was until I learned the key ingredient for teaching successful children's martial arts classes. And as soon as I added in this element, my kid's programme took off. The classes turn from frustrating to fun, and they became one of the most profitable programmes in my school. On top of that, the kids actually improved faster.
The Key Ingredients To Success
Most martial arts instructors know, the key to a successful martial arts academy is keeping your students training long term. This will allow your students to develop rock solid skills, and it will help make your school profitable.
To keep students training long term, your classes need to be enjoyable, engaging, and develop their martial arts skills. A kids programme is NO different. If you’re missing any of these elements, you’re not going to keep kids training long term.
Thankfully, there is a simple way to achieve all of these things in every class you teach with very little extra effort. All you have to do is add VARIETY.
After all, variety is the spice of life. And by varying the drills and techniques you teach, the warm-ups, and even the equipment you use, keep your classes fresh and enjoyable for both you and your students.
And it was adding variety that revolutionised my kid's programme and made it what it is today.
To be clear, I don’t mean jumping from technique to technique during a class. What I mean is teaching the same technique or skill through a variety of different drills.
This is called DISGUISED REPETITION and, in my opinion, is the hallmark of a great instructor.
We all know the secret to getting good is practice. But practicing the same technique over and over is BORING, especially for children.
A great instructor, on the other hand, can get you to practice the same technique over and over without you realising it by continually changing drills.
The Fastest Way To Develop Variety In Your Classes.
There are two ways you can develop variety in your classes. Firstly, you can spend thousands of hours and thousands of pounds researching and developing different drills like I did, OR someone else does all the hard work for you and you just copy them.
Both ways can work, but the second method is by far the easiest, quickest, and cost effective.
Right now, you can access to hundreds of done-for-you kids martial arts drills by joining the Mittmaster Kids Drills Membership Site.
Who am I?
But before we get into the Mittmaster Kids programme, who am I and why should you care?
My name is Matt Chapman aka Mittmaster Matt. I'm a lifelong martial artist, instructor, undefeated British MMA Champion, and run a successful school in the UK.
My Academy has an awesome children’s martial arts programme. Every week we have over one hundred and fifty kids from 5 years to 15 years old attend our classes. The only reason we don’t have more kids is that our classes are full!
More importantly, we have students that began training with us as kids and have kept training until they were adults.
Take Bonita for example. I remember teaching her first lesson when she was a shy 8-year-old;
Now she’s a 19-year-old bad ass
that still trains with us and helps teach the kids classes. And Bonita is
not an isolated example, we have a vast number of our students who started
with us when they were kids and still train with us today.
Just imagine how successful your school would be like if it were packed full of Bonita’s, and other students like her, that have been training consistently for ten plus years.
Your classes would be packed, you wouldn’t have to worry about getting new students, and you could get back to what you love about martial arts; the teaching and the training.
It’s completely possible when you have access to tools like the Mittmaster Kids Drills site.
Introducing The Mittmaster Kids Drills Membership Site
For a long time, I've been building up a library of drills specifically designed for kids. I'm now ready to release it to instructors that are looking to supercharge their classes with new exciting drills every month.
The moment you join you’ll get access to a whole bunch of drills and at least ten new drills will be added every month. I will show everything you need to know to teach the drill and how to teach it to kids of different ages.
All these drills are specifically designed for children and will to keep your classes fun and exciting, and your student's minds interested and engaged.
There are five types of drill within site, including:
- Warm-ups (Age appropriate warm-up drills to use in class)
- Kids Pad Drills (Pad Drills specifically designed for children)
- Fitness & Conditioning Drills (Developmental fitness drills)
- Motor Skills (Drills to develop Balance, Coordination, Dexterity)
- Martial Arts themed games (Fun games to encourage teamwork, communication and listening skills)
Every month you will have access to new drills from each section, so you can add them to the different parts of your classes immediately.
On top of the drills library, every month I will record a video of how I use a drill in a live kids class. You'll get to see how to set it up and work the drill with a class full of kids.
You'll be able to speak to me and other members of the community daily through a forum, to get answers to your questions quickly.
Just think within a few short weeks, your kid's classes could be buzzing with the sound of engaged, energetic children. And the more enjoyable an experience you students have, the more likely they are to refer their friends and the more likely they are to stay longer.
Ultimately, everyone involved, including you, will have a better experience within the class and your martial arts school will be set for success.
Price and extras
Hopefully, you can see how this site will help
you teach exciting, varied classes, and in turn
increase your school's retention and profits.
Better yet, access to the membership site will only cost you about the same as a fancy coffee, only £4.99 a month
Join The Mittmaster Kids Drills Membership Site Today. Just click the button at the top of the page to sign up now.
The moment you sign up, you will get instant access to the first ten videos and every 30 days you get another ten videos, PLUS a video of me using a drill live in a class full of children, AND daily access to me and the other members of the community in the forum.
To sign up now simply click the button at the top of the page.
I guarantee you won't be disappointed. And if you aren’t happy you can cancel at any time.
See you on the inside.
- Mittmaster Matt
Hi, my name is Mittmaster Matt.
I'm a martial arts student, instructor, author and creator of the Mittmaster Pad Training system.
This unique pad training system includes over 500 pad drills for:
- Martial Arts
And is used by instructors, coaches and school owners around the world to improve students striking skills, build retention and create awesome martial artists.
JKD & Kali Days
I first started pad training 20+ years ago when I started JKD training with my mentor Anton St James. He taught me all my fundamental skills in Kickboxing, Muay Thai & JKD.
I spent a decade training daily with Anton and he taught me more than anyone else, not just about martial arts but also about how to act as a person.
When I was in my mid 20's I moved to London to further my martial studies under Maestro Bob Breen at his infamous Hoxton Academy. The Academy was full of the best martial artists in the UK and I got molded by many kind yet dangerous people.
Bob also invited numerous high level martial artists to teach seminars including Marco Ruas, Dan Inosanto, Rick Young, and Erik Paulson.
Competing in MMA
Erik was the first person I'd met who could strike and grapple with equal skill and I decided to head out to LA to train with the former Shooto World Champion.
These trips were grueling, as we often trained three times a day, but great fun. Erik is the funniest person I've met. I went to LA several times over the following years and started fighting in professional MMA.
Erik taught me all my MMA skills and I retired undefeated three years later, thanks to his expert coaching.
Training in Thailand
Once my MMA career ended I traveled to Thailand to improve my Muay Thai under the coaches at Tiger Muay Thai. Back then Tiger only had two rings and not much else.
An amazing coach called Yod took me under his wing and he improved my Muay Thai massively. He is the only person I've ever sparred with and not been able to touch at all.
Ghost & Beyond
Back in the UK I started to look for new ways to train stand up striking and luckily met with Phil Norman just as he was creating his elusive striking style Ghost.
I was intrigued by the little I saw and traveled to Bournemouth to see what it was all about. Well he totally blew my mind. Ghost is like nothing else out there. It is truly unique and so well thought out.
I trained to become one of the first UK Ghost Instructors and have been training it ever since.
I would like to thank all my instructors Anton, Bob, Erik, Yod & Phil for being phenomenal martial artists and great coaches but also humble, joyous people. They have helped shape me from a scrawny kid into a man.
At least 90% of the Mittmaster system is down to their input and training.
I couldn't of done it without you gents. Thank you for everything.