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Dive into classical Chinese literature with this packet. Provided first is a comprehensive summary and a half-page long historical context of Water Margin. As your class reads the section entitled "Wu Sung Fights the Tiger," pose the five thought-provoking questions included. Also included is a two 90-minute period activity plan that has groups work together to create commentary and respond to one another's thoughts and opinions. A list of references is also included for further information.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson one of 20 begins with a warm-up activity using a medicine ball to pass around as kids get to know each other’s names. This also gives the instructor time to go over rules and etiquette for the class. The main part of the lesson covers balance and the introduction of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. It’s worth taking a look at this entire unit.
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”—Lao Tzu. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 11 of 20 has a written script to guide the class through an introductory meditation lesson. It's actually quite descriptive and uses imagery to facilitate relaxation of the major body parts. After the meditation exercise, the class will be introduced to two new skills: the horse stance and downward blocks.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, it is a habit.”—Aristotle. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 12 of 20 introduces the class to the amount of sugar contained in a variety of foods and drinks. Each member of the class is given a food card, with the amount of sugar in that particular food. Then they participate in the activity of finding out how much sugar is in these foods. Shocking amounts! When they finish their activity and discussion on foods and sugars they will then learn a new martial arts skill: stepping side kicks.
“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”—Author Unknown. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts instructional activity 16 of 20 begins talking about calories. The class takes a look at menus from Burger King and McDonald's and uses Monopoly money to purchase the calories for their meal. Then they evaluate their purchase and what it means when just one meal has a high calorie count. After the health instructional activity, the class in introduced to a new skill: the back lion block.
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”—William James. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson four of 20 introduces several other styles of martial arts and a little bit of history about each one of them. The main part of the lesson introduces the mini salute, which is given out of respect to the instructor. Then the class practices their front kicks in several different ways: in combination, in the air, stationary using a kicking shield, and moving across the floor using a kicking shield.
”If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.”—Henry Ford. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson two of 20 continues with the class getting to know each other. There is review of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. The new skill introduced is the thrust kick. The kicking shield is brought out and the instructor demonstrates how to properly hold it. The class then has some practice kicking at it.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”—Leo Tolstoy. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts instructional activity six of 20 includes an activity that introduces the class to thinking about self-discipline. Not an easy task at any age! The martial arts part of the instructional activity introduces the upward block.
“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.”—Michael Korda. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 10 of 20 continues discussing nutrition focusing on serving size. Americans overeat which leads to many health problems. Understanding serving size and portion control will help youngsters develop better eating habits. After the portion size activity they will practice the kicking skills they have already learned.
“A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself … He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.”—John Foster. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 15 of 20 teaches the class about positive character traits using delicious M & M's to drive the lesson. The following traits are presented: responsibility, perseverance, caring, self-discipline, citizenship, honesty, courage, fairness, respect, and integrity. After the health lesson, the class will review all the stances, blocks, and kicks learned so far.
"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."—H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson seven of 20 continues on with teaching the ingredients of self-discipline: self-control, motivation, persistence, and goals. Then the class learns how to do round-house kicks. They spend time practicing their kicks before practicing kicking a target.
“Rule your mind or it will rule you."—Horace. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 14 of 20 introduces the class to dietary fats. There are good fats and not so good fats, and this activity helps them identify which is which. Then the martial arts skills part of the lesson has the class practicing upward blocks, downward blocks, and either round-house kicks or stepping side kicks.
“A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up.” Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson plan three of 20 focuses on cardiovascular exercise and activities that get that heart pumping. There are quite a few activities to do in relay fashion. Then the class reviews and practices the thrust kick, the snap kick, and use of the kicking shield.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group is given some supplies to build a tower, the tallest free-standing tower they can build. After this activity, there is more review of the skills learned thus far: mini-salute, crane stance, cat stance, snap kick, thrust kick, and proper use of the kicking shield.
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up."—Jesse Jackson. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson eight of 20 has a teambuilding activity in which the class has to work together to solve a problem. After this cooperative activity is completed, they practice some of the martial arts skills they have already learned. Then they practice putting together some block-kick combinations.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson nine of 20 introduces food labels to the class. What are food labels? What do they mean? How can they be helpful in choosing what to eat or drink? The class participates in an activity called Crack the Code to help them decipher a food label. Then they practice their round-house kicks before putting together snap/round-house kick combinations, and thrust/round-house combinations. They will use shields and targets for variety.
"You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself."—Jim Whittaker. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 13 of 20 takes the health lesson about sugars to the next level by talking about diabetes. The percent of Americans that will be affected by diabetes in the next couople of generations is staggering! After the health component, they will practice their upward blocks and their downward blocks.
“Well begun is half done."—Aristotle. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts instructional activity 17 of 20 continues to discuss fast foods and their cumulative effects. This instructional activity not only looks at calories, but also at the amounts of fats and sugars in fast foods. Then in the martial arts part of the instructional activity, double kicks, also known as jump kicks, are introduced.
“There are no short cuts to any place worth going."—Beverly Sills. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts instructional activity 18 of 20 focuses on goal setting. Discuss the difference between short-term goals and long-term goals. Then practice setting a goal. After the goal setting instructional activity the class will practice all the kicks they have learned so far: snap kick, thrust kick, double kicks, round-house kick, and stepping side kick. They will practice while moving across the floor, using shields, and using kicking targets.