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Fight Matters: How Martial Arts Can Be Beneficial

By David Ruiz
DFM 655
Due November 9, 2015

The topic I selected to teach was martial arts and how anyone can benefit from it. The
reason that I selected this as a topic is because I have benefited tremendously through training
Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Kickboxing. I have been training consistently for the past four
years and it has helped me with self-confidence, respect and humility for myself and others.
The audience that I chose to teach this lesson plan to is everyone because everyone can
benefit from learning. I personally believe that through martial arts comes better people. There
would be less fighting or arguments due to the humility and respect that is achieved through
training. If a fight cant be avoided, it is great to have the confidence that we can defend
ourselves if needed as a last resort. There are many people that do not train in any martial art and
do not react as well as ones who do in a high intensity situation. For example, in a training
simulation, two police officer groups were put in similar high risk situations and the ones that
have trained in martial arts did significantly better than the untrained officers (Renden PG,
2015). Also, one in four women are sexually assaulted every year and through martial arts, they
can defend themselves (One in Four, 2015).
The best way to teach my audience on the benefits of martial arts training is to discuss the
benefits as well as explain the different martial arts they can choose from and also demonstrate
different techniques and have them participate. This way my audience learns about the multiple
types to choose from as well as visualize and try a martial art to see if they enjoy one over the
other. It would be beneficial to also incorporate a real life scenario to see how a martial art they
choose could help them out in a self-defense situation.

My education style for this lesson is more hands on. I like to demonstrate techniques that
I feel comfortable teaching and have my audience try out what they have learned. For example, I
can teach a Muay Thai combination technique and have them try it out by having them hit the
Thai pads. They will see how fun it is to hit something, they wont realize that it is exercise and
they will feel satisfaction when they are able to do the technique with no issue. The same can go
for a Jiu-Jitsu technique because I can show a real life situation where a person has mounted
them and is ready to punch them in the face. Then I can show them how to prevent the punches
from causing damage as well as how to sweep the opponent in which they end up on top to either
hold down and wait for the police or get up and walk away. My teaching style is nurturing as
well as apprenticeship because I care about the person and want them to excel but I also like to
show how to do a technique correctly.
For the teaching plan, I have three objectives that I want to get across to my audience.
My objectives are why to practice martial arts, some of the different types of martial arts and the
benefits of training in martial arts.
Fight Matters: How martial arts can be beneficial
Duration: 1 and a half hours
Target Group: Everyone especially women
Overall Goal: To increase martial arts training while reducing unwanted violence and
demonstrate how self-defense training can be fun.
Major concepts:

Why we need to train in martial arts

The types of martial arts

The benefits of martial arts training both physical and mental

Ice breaker or attention grabber:

Show an instructional video demonstrating all the benefits of martial arts training or

showcase a real life scenario and demonstrate how to defend yourself.

Have a student or students hit pads and ask them how they felt immediately after

Objectives and Learning Domains: Generalization and learning experiences

1. The students will learn the why aspect of learning martial arts and incorporating it in
their lives
Domain: Cognitive domain knowledge on the why aspect
Generalization: A complete explanation of why to incorporate martial arts in their lives
Learning experience: (8 minutes) provide a PowerPoint presentation covering the following:

Explanation of what the popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is with a small

amount of history
Explanation of why MMA is popular and the reason that it is included in regular gyms
Give facts on how women are targets to unwanted predators in order to encourage women

to train so they can defend themselves

Explanation of how martial arts can be a great, fun and new workout
2. The students will learn multiple types of martial arts so they can see which one(s) they
would like to try out as well as a brief history on a few of them.
Domain: Cognitive domain knowledge of the various types of martial arts.
Generalization: A brief explanation on multiple martial arts to show the difference and
partial history.

Learning experience: (8 minutes) provide a PowerPoint to show the different martial arts
through pictures, history, style and short clips for demonstration. Possible martial arts to
teach include:

Muay Thai The art of 8 limbs that incorporates the knees, elbows, fists and kicks in
various combinations. It also incorporates the use of the clinch where knees and

elbows can be applied or throws

Jiu-Jitsu The gentle art that incorporates joint lock manipulation as well as holds,
chokes and sweeps. This art uses an opponents weight and momentum against

Boxing the sweet science that uses various punches in multiple combinations as

well as footwork for evasion and elusiveness

3. The students will learn the benefits from martial arts training from the metal to the
Domain: Cognitive domain Knowledge of the benefits associated with martial arts and
physical domain
Generalization: The students will learn of the benefits and then they will learn to use some
of the basics of the martial arts taught to encourage learning and create a fun atmosphere.
Learning experience: (45 minutes -1 hour) provide a PowerPoint presentation pointing out
the important benefits as well as incorporate the instructors personal experience briefly.
Then incorporate basic skills from each martial art talked about and have the students try
them to enhance their learning as well as their confidence and enjoyment.

Self Defense the most important part about martial arts. Everyone should know to
defend themselves as a last resort on order to protect themselves or others around

Exercise Martial arts training burns between 600-900 calories depending on the

duration and the intensity of the workout.

Respect the students will learn that with training comes respect. This respect is for
themselves and others and includes taking care of their training partners. They will
also learn that with training comes friendships, loss of ego in replace of an open mind

that is willing to learn and also humility.

Discipline Students will learn that with repetition comes success whether its in
training or in other aspects of their lives. For example, studying equates to passing a
test and higher understanding or eating better equates to better health and overall

body and brain function

Confidence Students will learn new skills that they can go home with. They will
also be more outgoing with continued training, they will improve on past mistakes

and have a calmer mind.

Stress Relief: Students will learn that many people are stressed and that exercise helps

alleviate stress for hours.

Fun Students will have fun learning the techniques shown by hitting focus mitts or
Thai pads and learning Jiu-Jitsu techniques on the ground. They will leave happier
than when starting the course.

Teaching Aids and materials:

A handout showing the types of martial arts with some information

Muay Thai pads or focus mitts for students to use
Boxing gloves to hit the focus mitts and Thai pads
Hand wraps to prevent the bending of the wrist when throwing a punch
Portable mats for Jiu-Jitsu

Summary: There are various styles of martial arts that anyone can learn. They are meant to
teach self-defense, discipline, respect, confidence and to give a great physical workout. Many
martial arts include strikes but there are also effective martial arts that include grappling. Each
martial art has a unique style which makes it great because everyone is different and everyone
can gravitate to a style of their choice.
Evaluation: The students are given a pre survey as well as a post survey in order to know what
they know and to find out what they learned after the presentation. Through the pre survey, I was
able to understand whether the students tried a martial art before, the types they knew about, as
well as their stress level. This helped me choose what martial arts to discuss and as well as what
benefits to discuss. I was also able to show the audience a basic Muay Thai technique so they can
understand what it is and because it was the martial art that they least knew about.
Assignment: I wanted the audience to think of the martial art they would want to try through a
post survey. The martial art that was the most popular was Jiu-Jitsu so for the next lesson plan I
would incorporate some basic Jiu-Jitsu techniques that they can remember to use. Based on the
post survey, the audience wanted to try a martial art but most were still uncertain if they wanted
to try one.
Based on my pre survey, I was able to outline what should be talked about as well as
which martial arts to discuss. Also, the martial arts that I discussed I am the most familiar with
because I do train in those martial arts. I was able to get a great idea of how many people that
took my survey have done any martial arts training in the past and 40% have. This was perfect
because only 20 people completed my pre-survey so I assumed everyone else has not trained in a

martial art therefore, I can better influence the class. In the post survey, 40% were willing to
learn a martial art but most were still unsure. The most beneficial aspect of my presentation
received 100% of the votes and that was that everyone learned the benefits of martial arts and the
importance. That was my overall goal and if I could influence others to try something new that
would benefit them, then that would be a bonus. I was surprised that 47% of the people that took
my survey would rather try to learn Jiu-Jitsu over a martial art that involves striking. This was
probably due to my explanation on the importance of this martial art. What I would have liked to
do is be more hands on and show some Jiu-Jitsu techniques as well as more Muay Thai
techniques that others could try so they could see whether they liked it and whether they learned
something new that is useful. I would also like to have multiple Muay Thai Pads and boxing
gloves so that everyone could try a technique that I can coach them through and test them on
memory and application. Overall, I am happy that everyone learned the benefits of training
martial arts and hopefully I influenced at least one person to try one.

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