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My judo kids warm-up with locomotion

One of the hallmarks of the kids' judo program at Mokuren Dojo is an emphasis on locomotor skills and bodyweight calisthenics. I want my kids to explore moving their bodies through space and against gravity in many different ways. We warm up with several of these types of exercises every class.
  • walk, run, skip, hop, jump, gallop, heel-to-toe (fwd, back)
  • laterals, grapevine
  • knee walking (shikko, kyoshi)
  • crawl, low-crawl, bear crawl (fwd, back, sideways)
  • turnovers, crabwalk (fwd, back, sideways), seal walk
  • inchworm, shrimp, logroll
  • forward roll, backward roll
  • cartwheels or roundouts
It also doesn't hurt adults to do some of these every so often as a warmup and a reminder that we are not necessarily locked into our habitual movement patterns by the time we're teenage.
 
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Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: mokurendojo@gmail.com or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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