This article is about teaching a Kai Ken to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can’t ever have too many single jumps to teach agility. A suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps that we suggest.
How to Teach the Kai Ken to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach a Kai Ken many exercises, skills, and drills with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Kai Ken jumping right and left. You could be out of the box and send your Kai Ken or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be staged in a horizontal row, so you could practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your Kai Ken Eight Jumps
Go to the next step and practice eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can try with your Kai Ken. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You can also position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This pattern also enables you to train a variety of drills.
Teach Your Kai Ken Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or three solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several Kai Kens run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Kai Ken is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Kai Kens.
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