Starting situation The children are in duos. One is appointed the cat, the other one the mouse. The mouse will put the short belt on their back. The children are facing each other.
Description The cat tries to take the short belt from the back of the mouse and bring it to the front again; The role changes every 30 seconds.
Security rules/tips Give an example of how to work with the kumi kata. Explain the children that they have to work with the kumi kata and watch out to not bump their heads together.
Variations of the exercise Allow the mouse to grab one sleeve of the cat. This will improve the kumi kata; If you don’t have a short belt or rope, you can let the mouse put the knot of their belt on their back. The cat tries to bring the knot back to the front.
Teachers tips/comments Let the children count the points. If they catch the short belt and bring it back to the front, they get one point. The points count for the red belt method in the end. (Also see Red Belt Method for that.) It will keep the children concentrated longer and it will motivate them to try to do better. This is also an evaluation method for the teacher, it will be a good way for you to find out more balanced duos.


Age from 4
Age to 12
Materials Short belt or piece of rope
Format Duo
Skills General motor skills
Judo techniques -


Ask the children after the game how much points they have. Ask them to be honest about their points. If the lie about it, they will lose points for the Red Belt Method.
The children can be happy that they won, but also have to be modest. They can do this by congratulating their partners for playing well. Ask the winners to give their partner a tip for the next round.


Author IJF Judo for Children Commission



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