When I teach class, I often will cover two or three topics/techniques or concepts. The idea is that the students will have sufficient time to practice each technique or concept. 

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However, I will occasionally blitz them with tons of material in a class. The purpose behind this approach is to ascertain what material students are struggling with and use this as a basis for the next few classes. There is often a common theme that emerges during the class which might form the basis for several classes.

So this is a great way to zero in on the students’ weaknesses and shore them up with extra practice, not to mention a change of pace for my students.

For example, a couple of months ago, I did a blitz session and the students did well with most of the material I threw out. However, their basic palis palis technique was……off. The footwork wasn’t quite right and most students were struggling with it. That formed the basis for subsequent classes. Not only did I teach the basic palis palis movement but a few simple techniques off this concept as well. This way, they practiced the basic move multiple times. Two step footwork was particularly emphasized in these classes.

Most often, I blitz teach in the context of upcoming testing/grading to see what the students need to work on. It’s a nice way to narrow the teaching focus on areas that I’ve identified through blitz teaching.

I use this method of teaching only occasionally and, as indicated above, in the context of an upcoming grading/testing. That said, I find this a useful teaching tool.

Over to the instructors, do you use this teaching method from time to time?

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2 thoughts on “Blitz Teaching

  • April 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

    OOOO! I have bookmarked this page so I can refer to it again, especially sometime in the future when I am a Sensei. I have sometimes noticed overall trends when looking at a group of students as a whole, and have told myself, “If I were in charge of this dojo, next class I’d teach….”

    • April 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Awesome!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂


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