Here’s a quick karate game for you kids’ classes.
Use this as a warm up, a challenge or an end of class reward.
It’s called “Thieves” and works like this:
Place some cones in a large circle that spans the training floor. Each student stands next to their own cone.
Now place 20 or so extra belts in the center and make sure they’re all tangled up.
On your command, students must run to the center grab a belt and return to their cone and place the belt on the floor. Then they run back and grab another belt and so on until all belts are gone.
If two students grab the same belt, it turns into a mini tug-of-war. The first to touch their own cone while holding the belt, retains the belt and places it with their other belts.
Once all belts are gone from the center students must begin to tie the belts one at a time, around their waists as quickly as possible.
As soon as they are done tying they are free to run to another student’s stash of belts and steal any remaining belts, and return to their cone and start tying. If during a “steal” more than one student grabs the same belt, the first to touch their own cone keeps that belt.
Once all belts are tied and none are left on the floor the person with the most belts wins.
Couple of rules:
- Students can only steal belts on the floor, not from another student’s waist.
- Students may not steal from anyone else until all of their own belts are tied.
- During a “steal” students may only take ONE belt at a time, and not the entire stash!
- When the game is complete, if there are multiple winners then move to a second round with only those students. All other kids are eliminated.
This is a fun karate game for 5-12 year old kids. You decide how well you want the belts tied. For younger students just a single wrap with a single knot is sufficient in my experience. For older/more advanced kids make sure their belts are tied properly.
Do you have any variations or ideas for this game? Post them below!