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Agility Ring Drills Kids Will Love!

mentor student retention Jan 27, 2020

By Michelle Hodnett


Project Dojo is a nonprofit community outreach program in Pueblo, Colorado, that works with at-risk children. Through the power of martial arts, Project Dojo seeks to inspire and motivate kids within a safe environment, while continuing to teach the traditions of martial arts. This is the story of Project Dojo co-founder Michelle Hodnett’s experiences in her martial arts journey.


Agility Rings from Century are durable and will last for years, and their use is only limited by your imagination. We use the rings to focus the students, to provide visual markers, and as a tool in multiple drills. No matter how you use them, their bright colors always draw kids’ attention and help them focus on the task at hand.



Ring on Ground Drills

Quick Feet: Place your rings in a line and have students go in and out of the rings as fast as they can. This is footwork and cardio. Several other agility drills, like hopping on one foot, two feet or switching feet, can make this drill more dynamic.


Class Drills with Agility Rings: Have students place a ring in front of them on the ground. Have them jump in and out for a few seconds. Then have them jump in, jump forward and out, then back in, then back and out. You can make this pattern more complicated by moving it clockwise or counterclockwise, or even playing a version of Simon Says (Sensei Says, anyone?) with the direction. This is not only fun for the kids but gets them to think about the rotational movements needed for moves like jumping spin kicks, reverse spin kicks or 180-degree hook kicks.


Football Tires: Use Rings to recreate the line of tires often seen in football drills. This drill will keep students moving for cardio, get students use to picking up their knees, and its visually interesting drill for kids.



Rings & Cones

Front Kick: Place the Rings in a cone and set them up with a good distance between them so students can kick without bumping each other. This teaches a level of focus, as they cannot touch the ring or it will fall.



Ring Toss: Have an Agility Ring and Cone for each student. Place the cone on the opposite end and have them play ring toss. It helps develops hand-eye coordination and focus. It’s a simple, fun way to teach key concepts.



Pole to Ring

Kick BOB (Body Opponent Bag) through the Ring: You’ll need one Agility Ring, a BOB bag (preferable with the BOB Jacket on as well), and a way to suspend a Ring in front of BOB. You can use props, or have a coach or volunteer hold it (just make sure they’re paying attention).

Have students side kick through the ring and kick BOB for impact. Punching through the ring is another way to keep the fun going while making sure they’re working on concise strikes. If you don’t have a BOB in your school already, I would highly recommend you get one! BOB is a forever bag, and the newer Jacket makes it a dynamic piece of equipment for any dojo.

Bo Staff & Shield: Hold your Century Shield behind a mounted Ring. Allow students to practice their bo front strike by going through the ring and targeting the shield. Eventually, have them pick up speed as they make these strikes. The added target of the Ring will limit the number of wild strikes.




Bo Staff Obstacle Course: Set up several Pole to Ring or Ring to Cones spaced from one another and have students strike through each one, moving around as they do so while continuing to strike. The better they get at this, the faster they can go! This is a fun drill and parents love seeing all the equipment being used, and it really lets kids demonstrate their talents and coordination.



Agility Ring Acrobatic

Let’s do some acrobatics! Start with two Rings and have students perform a two-handed cartwheel through them. It is okay if the students don’t hit the Rings at first – you may even need to adjust them to get the right spacing for the student’s arms. The Ring is a visual marker for the kids.

When they’re ready, remove one Ring and have them do a single-handed cartwheel. Then you can advance further: Have students place their hands in the ring and “walk” over (they go into a handstand position, then lower their legs behind them). You may need to act as a spotter to prevent injuries.

This drill is a good stretch, and gives them the sense of doing something “ninja-like” (it doesn’t matter whether your art has anything to do with ninjutsu – kids love ninjas, and the skills and balance they practice in this drill is applicable in any art.



Obstacle Course

Obstacle Course: When building any obstacle course, the most important thing is variety! Provide obstacles that kids can jump over, crawl under, go through, and go around. Make sure the spaces between each obstacle are appropriately spaced for the age of the children participating.


Non- Martial Arts Specific Games


Ever have those days where your class just seems tired, unfocused, or just unable to hold down the drills you’re trying to teach? Instead of getting frustrated, taking a break to have them play some simple games can help re-set the class and get you back on track.

Tic Tac Toe:

This is an old game that can be reinvented with Agility Rings. Place nine Rings in three rows of three in a square in front of 2 students. One student gets at least 9 balls of a different color, runs down a plays tic tac toe until someone wins.

A great variant for larger classes is Team Tic Tac Toe. Have student from each team get their ball, run down, do two push-ups and place the ball in the ring, then return to the line and give a high five to the next student. The first team to get three in a row wins. The moves aren’t timed – the running and push-ups are just to keep blood pumping and the students active while they play!


Rock, Paper, Scissor: Explain that this game teaches intuition and hand speed, which students must have to anticipate an opponent’s moves and strike. Start with as many Rings as you have. Place them in an S-pattern on the playing field. Two teams starting on either end of the Rings, they begin jumping to the opposite end of the course. When you meet your opponent, you battle for the circle on a 1,2,3 count- Rock, Paper, Scissors. The victor moves forward towards the goal as the next opponent jumps forward and begins the cycle again. The first team to reach the opposite goal wins.



These are a few very serious drills, you can do it so be bold and above all have fun!

Want more on these drills? Here's a video we made at Project Dojo, showing the set-up:


*note: the large ring at the start of the video and in several later drills isn't a Century product. However, the smaller rings are preferable for most drills and the increase accuracy more. If you need larger rings, a Hula-Hoop would work well!


Michelle Hodnett is the co-founder of Project Dojo. She is a third-degree black belt with over 15 years experience as an instructor.

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