Using drills effectively [Video]

March 22, 2016

A room full of young martial arts students run drills during class.

While your students may begrudge running drills during class, the repetitive practice actually does them a world of good. Of course, you want to challenge them, so sticking solely to drills could cause boredom. How can you use drills effectively?

Many instructors find that teaching three new techniques each 60- to 90-minute class is the ideal amount. This gives students plenty to practice without overwhelming them with information. Drills can help fill time between learning each technique.

Drills also give you the chance to observe your students and correct improper form. As they repeat the new moves and implement your suggestions, your students will start to develop muscle memory. Of course, you should find a pace that works best for your class.