Starting situation All the children are walking on the tatami in all directions.
Description The children are walking on the tatami and when the teacher says ‘mate’ they stop; With ‘hajimé’ they can move; The ones that move during mate, are eliminated; The children that are eliminated can either sit on their knees on the side or they can lay down on their back. They will wait in silence and with their eyes closed until the end of the game; At the end the teacher will have all children on a tatami sitting or lying down in silence; After, the teacher will touch the foot of each child and by that time the child knows that he needs to go to the initial position to make the bow.
Security rules/tips If you play the variation, remind the children to watch out and look straight ahead to not get into accidents.
Variations of the exercise This game can also be played as warming-up game. You can change the rules a bit. The children will be running, and when they move, they need to do some exercises, for example 3 ukemis.
Teachers tips/comments Remind the children the security rules.


Age from 4
Age to 12
Materials -
Format Individual
Skills General motor skills
Judo techniques -


Tell the children this really is a game of reaction and control. You can play a bit by leaving a child a bit longer in lying position and compliment them when they kept lying still.


Author IJF Judo for Children Commission



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