9 Best Karate Games For Kids in 2022


When it doesn’t seem like learning, children (and occasionally adults) learn best. Haven’t we all learned a lot of important things through playing as children? The impressions linger longer when teaching takes the shape of a game, especially in young children. They get ingrained in their minds. Such tactics are pleasurable for both the teacher and the student in a high-discipline martial art like karate, where the karateka must continually be learning.

There’s no such thing as too much work.

Children who are hesitant about the rigours of training may benefit from karate games for kids. They may get the impression that there would be a strenuous workout routine and a lot of falling and getting harmed. Subtly introducing a lesson in the style of a game will make those kids feel calm, at ease, and ready for tutoring. And, hopefully, stimulate their curiosity to the point that they will practise karate even if they are not asked to!

What is the best way to play?

Fun karate games come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

In terms of participation, the Sensei can have all of the children participate at once, as in “Sensei Says,” or set pupils against one another in a game of “Catch Your Tail.” Alternatively, they can form groups and compete in the “Numbers Game,” or all of the students can strive to beat the Sensei in the “Ninja Game.”

In terms of its advantages, games can be created or fine-tuned to improve students’ hand-eye coordination, strength training, or simply for enjoyment to relieve stress. In terms of routines, games might be utilised instead of warm-ups or immediately thereafter. Games can be weaved together as a light break in between sessions or at the conclusion of the session to conclude on a high note if desired. Playing activities like these might have been beneficial to the youngster in Bad Santa.

The Sensei’s creativity is as limitless as the possibilities. Wouldn’t parents want to take their kids to a dojo where they may play “the karate kid karate games”?

1. Sensei’s Opinion

Simon Says is one of the most popular children’s games. It’s renamed “Sensei Says” for karate class games. The Sensei instructs the pupils to stand a safe distance apart before calling out a technique or a sequence. Only if the motions are preceded by “Sensei Says” must the pupils take action.

This karate game increases attention, concentration, memory recall, and response, especially when the Sensei may make things more difficult by throwing in “Simon Says” to confuse the pupils.

According to Sensei, it works best when played at the start of each session as a summary of prior teachings, or at the end of a session as a recap of that day’s lessons. It belongs to the last category – Sensei vs. Students – and can be played until just one student is left. A scoring system, however, can be employed in classes with a higher number of pupils. Students keep track of their own scores and strive to better them each time they play the game.

2. You Must Catch Your Tail

A karateka has another belt tied to their actual belt in this variation of Tag suggested by Sandoval. Another karateka tries to rip the belt from the karateka’s grip. Imposing constraints can make it even more interesting. Allowing kicks is an easy approach to increase the difficulty, as is inverting the roles – the karateka with the additional belt is permitted to punch and defend, but the attacker must achieve the belt without attacking.

Normally, the sensei divides the students into pairs, with the winners moving on to the next round. This allows all students to participate, which boosts their competitive spirit.

3. Game of Numbers

This SportsRec-recommended Sensei vs Students game aims to improve memory recall and reflexes. Numbers (or alphabets or codes) are assigned to moves and sequences, and pupils must perform them as soon as the Sensei calls them out. Longer sequences can be called out, or the numbers can be called out quicker, to add complexity. This keeps students on their toes, both physically and metaphorically.

4.The Ninja Game

This is one of the karate games that Jesse advises for class as a way to keep spirits up. The goal of the game is for pupils to sneak up behind their Sensei, who is facing away from them. What makes it interesting is that the pupils must stop moving as soon as the Sensei looks at them, which can happen at any time.

Although entertaining, this game aids in the development of planning, movement, and agility.

5. Kick and Drop

Even UNICEF gets in on the action (pun intended) with a few suggestions for children’s karate sessions. The game where the Sensei lowers an item from a short height and the student must kick or strike it before it touches the ground is our favourite. In big courses, we like to make this a one-on-one, best-of-three or five game, putting students against one other.

Given the karate game’s comparatively higher intensity, it might be best used as an alternative to regular karate drills to get students “in the zone.”

6.Obstacle Course

The name is self-explanatory. None of the other games required any kind of planning ahead of time, but this one does. Anything from a modest, fast impromptu course to an extensively constructed, semi-permanent course can be made using things found in the dojo.

The boxing scenario shows how to make a suitable demanding obstacle course without any items by employing volunteer pupils instead. Use your imagination to create new barriers, or raise the difficulty of each obstacle by having more people at each one, or both.

Our advice is to complete all of the above and then add regulations to each obstacle, such as only utilising back-kicks at one obstacle and drop-kicks at another. This is our take on the Black Belt Wiki’s concept.

The only disadvantage is that if you teach child karate, you might not be able to utilise it.

7.Pin the Tail on the Cat

Pin-the-donkey-tail can be changed to pin-the-karate-belt on a practise dummy, or on a pupil if no dummies are available.

8. Jump The Stick and Limbo

At birthday celebrations, most youngsters play Limbo. Use a long bamboo pole or a couple of end-to-end belts held by two volunteer pupils beneath which the rest of the kids take turns passing. Jump the stick, the reverse counterpart of this game, is also a good suggestion in this situation. Students jump over the linked belts that are held low to the ground. The height is gradually increased, and pupils who are unable to jump over are removed.

The addition of musical chairs to these karate activities is a personal favourite of ours. The belts are being held by two volunteers who are blindfolded. While the remainder of the students pass beneath the belt, the volunteers decide to drop it slightly anytime they choose, and any students who come into touch with it are kicked out. They hold the belt at a comfortable height for jump-the-stick, but suddenly raise it without warning.

These versions can also be divided into groups or teams and pitted against one another. This allows the Sensei to instil teamwork among the pupils while also sharpening their competitive instincts.

9.Kung Fu Theater

All these party games, as well as the next one, are the courtesy of How They Play.

It will be rare to find a martial arts student who isn’t a lover of martial arts movies. Last but not least, in “Kung Fu Theater,” all of the karateka gather together to choreograph battle manoeuvres in slow motion, much as in the movies.

This game can be played with students lined up and the Sensei going after them one by one, or with one student guiding another, or with a group of students fighting another group. Just make sure they don’t turn this into a Deadpool scenario, otherwise their parents will be irritated.


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