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Point MMA Segment Six

Point MMA Drills Series—Segment 6

  Point MMA is about sports competitive entertainment and developing the mind, body and spirit of its practitioners. In the final segment of our Point MMA Drills Series, Master Kimber Johnson begins by demonstrating a series of slow motion kicks, which are part of the program. Next, we see some of “Bam’s” instructors teach a moving basics drill on the pad that honors some of the great sports martial artists of our time. The drill begins with a Bill Wallace-style kick. Then, they add a Nasty Anderson-style hand combination. Then, they add a Linda Denley-style ridgehand. Finally, they transition into a double ...
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Point MMA Drills Series—Segment 5

Point MMA Segment #5 from Rob Colasanti on Vimeo. In Point MMA Drills Series segment #5, Willie “Bam” Johnson’s instructors demonstrate the kind of drills they teach in their popular Point MMA program. First, they break down the hand techniques of Steve “Nasty” Anderson and Linda Denley and turn it into a partner drill that works speed, accuracy, timing and endurance. Then, they take the drill a step further by adding a double leg takedown followed by a mount. Next, they make matters even more dynamic by adding an acrobatic flip into a heel kick on the hand target. Finally, they finish with various backfist ...
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Point MMA Drills Series—Segment 4

Point MMA Segment #4 from Rob Colasanti on Vimeo. According to Point MMA founder, Willie “Bam” Johnson, “All you need is your bodyweight, mind, spirit and the rhythmic sound of your own drum.” In segment #4, Bam's instructors begin with a 12 count rhythmic footwork drill performed to music and then shown in slow motion. Next they square off and turn it into a high-energy partner footwork drill. They show you how to do this same challenging footwork drill using a “tape triangle” on the floor, which helps student memorize the pattern. And finally, they bring the kids out to demonstrate that this drill can ...
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Point MMA Drills Series—Segment 3

  Here, Master Kimber Johnson walks us through the various stances and drills being used in their Point MMA classes. They include boxing stance, point fighting stance, chamber crawl drill, wrestling stance into gorilla walk and jujitsu stance. As you'll see, the receptive motion of doing stance drills can not only help students learn their stances, but it can provide a great workout, too. [NOTE: For more information about Point MMA, please contact Master Willie Johnson at BamsKungFu@aol.com] ...
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Point MMA Drills Series—Segment 2

  In this challenging segment, Master Willie "Bam" Johnson has his Point MMA students demonstrate the tuck jump exercise for you. Then, they move into burpees, squat front kicks, fist to chest push ups, v-ups and more. Point MMA gets students into excellent shape—mentally, physically and spiritually. And this video series, which were custom shot for GCI, illustrates that point. There are six segments in the series...and we'll bring you more next month. Enjoy! [NOTE: For more information about Point MMA, please contact Master Willie Johnson at BamsKungFu@aol.com ...
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Point MMA Drills Series—Segment 1

  Have you ever thought about offering a 10 minute long class? Well, Willie “The Bam” Johnson has created just that. It’s part of his Point MMA program and he calls the class 10MAD, which stands for ten minutes a day. As you can imagine, this class is totally high energy, fast-paced, challenging and designed to give students a serious workout in a very short period of time. Master Johnson holds his 10MAD classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm. It is a special bonus class for adult students and they can take it as a part of their Point MMA program for no extra fee. According ...
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Retention Based Sparring #10

Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #10

    Tip #10: Training Progression In segment #10 of Retention Based Sparring, Master Christopher Rappold teaches us how he delivers sparring content using three basic principles. 1. Stationary. Here, you "chunk down" the move into its smallest elements so that a beginning student can easily understand it. 2. Isolate. This is where you teach the technique with timing, distance and motion. The student practices it with only 50% speed and power. 3. Integrate. Finally, the student practices the technique in a free style sparring format. But again, they don't bring the intensity level up to 100%. They keep it at about 60-70% because you want them ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #9

Retention Based Sparring Tip Series: Tip #9 from Rob Colasanti on Vimeo.   Tip #9: Demonstration of Progression In segment #9 of Retention Based Sparring, Master Christopher Rappold has his black belt instructors demonstrate the format they use for teaching sparring. As you'll see, they begin by practicing a drill (backfist versus defensive side kick) from a stationary position. Then, they move around, as if they were sparring, while they practice isolating key elements of the drill such as distance, timing and motion. Next, they pick up the pace while integrating fakes, timing variations, rhythm, footwork, etc. Eventually, they spar. Using this safe and controlled method gives students the ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #8

    Tip #8: The Importance of Correct Footwork In this segment of Retention Based Sparring, Master Rappold offers some helpful tips on how to teach proper footwork to your students. As Master Rappold explains, learning correct footwork involves practicing creative drills that teach distance control. Here, he discusses the safety zone and the danger zone—terms to which students can easily understand and remember. He also talks about "critical distance," which is the two inch space that separates the safety and danger zones and why this is important for students to understand. All the while, we see Master Rappold's black belts demonstrating the drills as he speaks. This is a concise and ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #7

    Tip #7: Basic Positioning As you know, students must be taught to use an effective fighting stance when sparring. In this segment of his exclusive GCI Retention Based Sparring series, WAKO world champion, Master Christopher Rappold, discusses a wide range of basic stance related skills for students, such as: Turning the body to the side Putting the power hand in the back The concept of "soft knees" Rear shoulder positioning "Iron Guard position 50/50 weight distribution Rhythm And more…   About Chris Rappold: Chris is the founder of Personal Best Karate Centers, a top quality chain of martial arts schools with five locations. He has won four ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #6

    Tip #6: The Sparring Leads to Dropout Myth Many school owners do not implement sparring because they feel it will lead to dropout. According to Master Chris Rappold—this is a myth! One of the secrets to teaching a retention based sparring program is to emphasize PROGRESS and deemphasize winning and losing. When you do this, students will develop the correct attitude toward sparring and your retention will increase, not decrease.   About Chris Rappold: Chris is the founder of Personal Best Karate Centers, a top quality chain of martial arts schools with five locations. He has won four W.A.K.O. world titles in fighting and he is ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #5

    Tip #5: Aliveness In this segment...   About Chris Rappold: Chris is the founder of Personal Best Karate Centers, a top quality chain of martial arts schools with five locations. He has won four W.A.K.O. world titles in fighting and he is the Executive Director of Team Paul Mitchell Karate.   ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #4

    Tip #4: Corner Blocking System In this segment, he explains his belief that the two can coexist together because each serves a unique purpose.   About Chris Rappold: Chris is the founder of Personal Best Karate Centers, a top quality chain of martial arts schools with five locations. He has won four W.A.K.O. world titles in fighting and he is the Executive Director of Team Paul Mitchell Karate.   ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #3

      Tip #3: Sparring Versus Self Defense As Master Rappold reminds us, "The techniques you use in the ring are NOT always practical for self defense situations." Guns, knives, clubs, multiple attackers and so on change the dynamic drastically. As he explains in his third Retention Based Sparring tip segment, both "camps" can work together for success at your school...if you integrate them properly.   About Chris Rappold: Chris is the founder of Personal Best Karate Centers, a top quality chain of martial arts schools with five locations. He has won four W.A.K.O. world titles in fighting and he is the Executive Director of Team Paul Mitchell Karate.   ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #2

    Tip #2: Sparring Versus Performance Martial Arts As Executive Director of Team Paul Mitchell, Master Rappold is a big fan of choreography based performance martial arts. As he comments, "The enjoyment is in perfecting it." And you can do that mainly on your own through practice. However, Master Rappold is also a four time W.A.K.O. world champion who knows that learning how to spar effectively ultimately requires a partner in order to add the element of functionality. Performance martial artists do the flips and tricks. Sparring gets into the application of real martial arts. So they are different. In this segment, he explains his belief that the ...
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Retention Based Sparring Series: Tip #1

      Tip #1: Welcome and Why In Segment #1 of Retention Based Sparring, Master Rappold briefly introduces this exclusive GCI tip series. Then, he touches upon how new students want to feel like what they are learning in class will actually work in a real self-defense situation. Next, Master Rappold explains that if you implement sparring the right way, it will energize and excite your students…not scare them off.   About Chris Rappold: Chris is the founder of Personal Best Karate Centers, a top quality chain of martial arts schools with five locations. He has won four W.A.K.O. world titles in fighting and he is the Executive ...
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Cloning Instructors—Part 3

In Part 3 of "Cloning Instructors," Chris Rappold of Personal Best Karate Centers concludes this exclusive GCI series with some excellent strategies/tips/ideas involving communication and influence. Keep in mind—the author operates five schools and has a very strong handle on what it takes to train staff members for maximum results. According to Mr. Rappold, "When you put strong physical and mental skills together and then match them with highly effective communication and influence skills, you begin developing team members that will make massively valuable contributions to your school. Keep these skills sharp by reviewing them on a regular basis with your team. It will ...
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Cloning Instructors—Part 2

In his previous Cloning Instructors report, "Game Changer" Chris Rappold of Personal Best Karate shared valuable insights into developing an instructor’s physical abilities. In Part 2, he focuses on the importance of developing an instructor’s mental and emotional abilities. According to Mr. Rappold, "Looking at each ability separately helps you ensure that the instructor training you provide is resulting in a broad, complete program that will lead your instructors to great performance in the classroom." In his school, he strives to develop the following six black belt principles in his instructors (not just his students): Modesty Courtesy Integrity Perseverance Self Control Indomitable Spirit In ...
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Cloning Instructors—Part 1

How do you create instructors that keep students coming back year after year? According to "Game Changer" Chris Rappold, “You implement an instructor training program that builds on achieving progress in the three fundamental areas. They are: 1. Physical attributes (fitness and martial arts) 2. Mental and emotional maturity 3. Communication and influence skills In order to have a great instructor—you must have all three of these fundamental areas working as one, during every class." In Part 1 of this three-part GCI special report series, Mr. Rapppold shares his ideas for maximizing the physical fitness and martial arts performance of your instructors ...
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Webinar Review of Melody's Laws 6 - 10

Webinar Review of Melody’s Laws 6 – 10

During her final webinar in the groundbreaking "Ten Laws of Instruction" series exclusively created for GCI, Melody Shuman thoroughly reviews laws 6 - 10, which she taught previously in separate monthly webinars that are also archived on this site. Laws 6 - 10 include: Law #6: Use your Power to Keep the Class Under Control Law #7: Use your Team Effectively Law #8: Prompt Good Behavior Law #9: Nurture Poor Behavior Law #10: End on a High Note For the record... Melody did a truly phenomenal job teaching this powerful, retention-building, profit-packing series during the past 12 months. Many GCI members around the world (and their ...
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Laws 6 - 10 Review PDF and Test

Laws 6 – 10 Review PDF and Test

Below you will find two important items: First, a PDF review of the final five laws that Melody Shuman taught in her outstanding Ten Laws of Instruction series. Second, you'll find a simple test that you can take to determine how well you comprehended Melody's teachings. Of course, this test is also a highly effective staff training tool that each of your team members should take and complete to your satisfaction. Once again, we encourage you to study and implement this valuable material provided by Ms. Shuman. Review of Laws 6 - 10 PDF Laws 6 -10 Instructor Test   ...
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Webinar Review of Melody's Laws 1 - 5

Webinar Review of Melody’s Laws 1 – 5

If you want to increase your student retention and help your staff members to do a more effective job on the training floor, then you must study this exclusive GCI webinar taught by "Game Changer" Melody Shuman. Here, Melody concisely reviews the first five laws in her extremely beneficial Ten Laws of Instruction series. This is outstanding material that will benefit you regardless of what style of martial arts you teach, how long you've been in the business or what level your school is currently at. Click the link below to watch it now! Laws 1 - 5 Review Webinar ...
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Laws 1 - 5 Review PDF and Test

Laws 1 – 5 Review PDF and Test

Got the past ten months, famed martial arts business consultant Melody Shuman has been providing GCI members with proven strategies designed to improve student retention, better students' training experience and increase results for both students AND instructors. Below you will find two important items: First, a PDF review of the first five laws that Melody taught in her Ten Laws of Instruction series. Second, you'll find a simple test that you can take to determine how well you comprehended Melody's teachings. Of course, this test is also a highly effective staff training tool that each of your team members should take and complete to your satisfaction. We ...
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Law #10 Webinar

Law #10 Webinar

The  Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #10 Webinar, "End on a High Note." Law #10 Webinar ...
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Law #10 PDF

Law #10 PDF

The following PDF handout coincides with Law #10 in Melody Shuman's Ten Laws of Instruction webinar series. Please review this sheet in advance of the webinar found here on this site. Download Law #10 Webinar Handout ...
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Law #9 Webinar

Law #9 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #9 Webinar, "Nurture Poor Behavior." Law #9 Webinar ...
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Law #9 PDF

Law #9 PDF

The following PDF handout coincides with Law #9 in Melody Shuman's Ten Laws of Instruction webinar series. Please review this sheet in advance of the webinar found here on this site. Download Law #9 Webinar Handout ...
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Law #8 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #8 Webinar, "Prompt Good Behavior." Law #8 Webinar   ...
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Law #8 Handout

The following PDF handout coincides with Law #8 in Melody Shuman's Ten Laws of Instruction webinar series. Please review this sheet in advance of the webinar found here on this site. Download Law #8 Webinar Handout ...
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Law #7 Webinar

Law #7 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #7 Webinar, "Use Your Team Effectively." Law #7 Webinar ...
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Law #7 PDF

Law #7 PDF

The following PDF handout coincides with Law #7 in Melody Shuman's Ten Laws of Instruction webinar series. Please review this sheet in advance of the webinar. Download Law #7 Webinar Handout     ...
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Law #6 Webinar

Law #6 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #6 Webinar, "Use Your Power Properly." Law # 6 Webinar   ...
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Law #6 PDF

Law #6 PDF

The following PDF handout coincides with Law #6 in Melody Shuman's Ten Laws of Instruction webinar series. Please review this sheet in advance of watching the webinar. Download Law #6 Webinar Handout   ...
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Law #5 Webinar

Law #5 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #5 Webinar, "Explain the Rules Properly." Law #5 Webinar ...
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Law #5 PDF

Law #5 PDF

The following PDF handout coincides with Law #5 in Melody Shuman'sTen Laws of Instruction webinar series. Please review this sheet prior to viewing the coinciding webinar found on this site. Download Law #5 Webinar Handout ...
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Law #4 Webinar

Law #4 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #4 Webinar, "Select Drills That Are FUN, But At The Same Time MEASURABLE." Law #4 Webinar ...
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Law #4 PDF

Here is the PDF handout for Law #4 of The Ten Laws of Instruction course being taught by Melody Shuman. Please review this handout in preparation for the webinar found on this site. Download Law #4 Webinar Handout   ...
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Law #3 Webinar

Law #3 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #3 Webinar, "Use a Mat Chat Before the Drills to Establish a Purpose." Law #3 Webinar  ...
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Law #3 PDF

Law #3 PDF

Here is the PDF handout for Law #3 of The Ten Laws of Instruction course being taught by Melody Shuman. Please review this handout in preparation for the webinar found on this site. Download Law#3 Webinar Handout ...
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Law #2 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #2 Webinar, "Utilize Edutainment."  Law #2 Webinar   ...
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Law #2 PDF

Law #2 PDF

Here is the PDF handout for Law #2 of The Ten Laws of Instruction course being taught by Melody Shuman. Please review this handout in preparation for the Law #2 webinar found on this site. Download Law 2 Webinar Handout ...
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Law #1 Webinar

Law #1 Webinar

The Ten Laws of Instruction Webinar Series with Melody Shuman Click the link below to view Law #1 Webinar, "Connect with Each Student." Law #1 Webinar   ...
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Law #1 PDF

Law #1 PDF

Here is the PDF handout for Law #1 of The Ten Laws of Instructioncourse being taught by Melody Shuman. Please review this handout in preparation for the Law #1 webinar found on this site. Download Law 1 Webinar Handout ...
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PowerChats That Rock- Special Report

PowerChats that Rock!

Our friends Dr. Robyn and Jason Silverman of Powerful Words have provided you with this excellent report that further reinforces the value of "Power Chats" and how they can positively impact your school. Simply click the link below to download the report.   PowerChats That Rock PDF ...
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Power-Chats with Dr. Robyn Silverman

PowerChats with Dr. Robyn Silverman

Character education is one of the most important benefits of martial arts training—especially when it comes to children. And the undisputed character education leader in the martial arts community is Powerful Words. As a special contribution to the GCI movement, GCI friends Dr. Robyn Silverman and Guro Jason Silverman have provided the incredibly valuable interview on Power-Chats found below. What is a PowerChat? Well, it's a three to five minute, done for you, introduction to Powerful Words' featured Power Word of the month. Each Power-Chat is specifically designed in an age appropriate manner for the individual age groups and contains the exact ratio of "open ended" ...
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Tim Hartman Video

FMA Skills & Drills-Segment 5

  In the final segment of GCI's FMA Skills & Drills entry level series, Datu Tim Hartman teaches you a sinwali. Datu demonstrates the sinwali with his student…showing that it can be done with live or padded sticks. He explains how to match stick colors and then substance when working with a partner. Dubbed the "high five, low five" drill—this is a fun stick exercise that students of all ages will enjoy ...
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FMA Skills & Drills-Segment 4

In Segment #4 of GCI's FMA Skills & Drills, Datu Tim Hartman teaches you another round of excellent classroom drills. Specifically—You'll learn how to block, check and counter off 10 different angles of attack using the escrima sticks.  This material is applicable for children and adults and can be incorporated into virtually any school's curriculum. And remember, GCI would be happy to put you directly in touch with Datu if you have any questions for him ...
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FMA Skills & Drills-Segment 3

GCI FMA Lesson 3 from Rob Colasanti on Vimeo. In GCI's FMA Skills & Drills Lesson #3, Datu Tim Hartman teaches you a series of effective blocks and parries. You'll learn brace blocks, two hand blocks, the proper footwork for blocking, parries, how to apply blocks to various angles of attacks and more—all using eskrima sticks. Then, Datu demonstrates all of these concepts with a partner. This is some great material that offers you multiple applications as a school owner and martial arts practitioner ...
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FMA Skills & Drills-Segments 1 & 2

FMA Skills & Drills Segments 1 & 2 from Rob Colasanti on Vimeo. In his debut FMA Skills & Drills segment, Datu Tim Hartman of Horizon Martial Arts provides important recommendations and guidelines involving the use of Eskrima sticks for kids and adults. Then, he dives right into segment two, where he teaches you a variety of fundamentals including striking patterns, footwork skills and angles of attack using an Eskrima stick. Regardless of what style of martial arts you teach—this material can be implemented into your school as exciting new class curriculum, practical self-defense material or powerful upgrade program content. It can be used in seminars, special events or demonstrations. It can ...
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Melody Shuman’s Combo Drills Manual

Combo Drills Manual for Kids  from Melody Shuman (50 drills) Melody Shuman of Shuman Concepts is the leading consultant in the martial arts community when it comes to coaching instructors on how to properly teach kids. A big supporter of GCI—Melody’s contributed this awesome manual containing 50 creative drills so you can immediately inject some fun, energy and excitement into your classroom. Get your copy now! Click here to download the pdf ...
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Dave Kovar Huddle Drills

School Safe/Street Safe System by Dave Kovar

School Safe / Street Safe is a series of simple and effective “Huddle Discussions” designed to help your junior students learn how to deal with potentially dangerous situations in a practical and empowering manner. Our friend, Kyoshi Dave Kovar of Satori Systems, contributed this outstanding manual to help you strengthen your school’s curriculum and retention. We encourage you to put it to good use!   School Safe / Street Safe System ...
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