I need help to get the youths in our club motivated to progress!
I have them one hour every thursday, and another sensei has them 1½ hours every monday. The kids are mostly around 12-14 years old, tho we have a few younger participating too this semester. Today I asked them what they thought was fun with karate. A few of them had good answers, self defence, kumite and techniques. But a few of them just want to play games, like dodge ball etc. I feel it very frustrating when a few of the students arent motivated to learn karate, and it somehow feels like they are dragging down the whole group.
Personally Im quite new to being a trainer/teacher, but I do believe Im pretty good at teaching basic stances and techniques, tho I can still improve on motivating students. I do want them to succeed in whatever they want to do, competitions, belt exams or just general improvement.
Don't get me wrong, I do understand they are still kids and want to play and have fun. So I'm trying to figure out a good way to teach karate in a fun and playfull way, but still having them consentrated so that they actually learn something on the way.
What do you guys do with your youth in your dojos? Is there a high level of consentration or do they just want to play around? Do you have specific or general goals for them?