As Martial Artists-NO TOUCH is not something we normally practice in Martial Arts and Self Defense training. Staying at Home/Shelter in Place is keeping our schools/dojos closed-forcing us to learn ways to teach our curriculum from our computers.
At FEMA-starting in March-we set up online classes using ZOOM to teach information the students need for rank promotion-the history of the arts, the lineage of our teachers teachers, the principles of etiquette and theory, emergency procedures in the dojo, "the NOTEBOOK curriculum". For the Taiji/Qigong Class we have been practicing together-Liangong Series One & Two and led guided mediations a few times-with the students lying down and listening. I just added "Storytelling by Shifu" for the Little Elements Class and read "Three Samurai Cats"-and then had a short discussion about the message it sent. For the Iaido Class-they have been studying the history of the Sword. In the weeks to come, I will add physical, mental and spiritual activities to keep everyone engaged. It has been a challenge to only teach via Lecture/Discussion versus Moving Classroom and Workouts! It's not easy to talk for 40 minutes, and then open up the gallery for questions..especially when some of them have a hard time UNMUTE-ing themselves!
The younger students have online school Mon-Friday and they have been sitting at a computer for many hours! I tell those students to make sure they do Qigong, move around, shake like a wet dog, or do jumping jacks every hour! Adults too!
We keep going- I know this group of leaders in the martial arts and self defense are constantly thinking about HOW to keep their students involved and practicing. Please share your inventive ways on our AWMAI BLOG!