Team Heartbeat

Settings & Setup

  • Game #8 (heart beat)
  • Time: 15 seconds to 3 minutes
  • Health setting: choose one appropriate for the skill level of the students
  • 1 vest on a BOB/Wavemaster/Bag.
  • 1 person per bag. You can have as many players play the game at the same time.
  • Skill Level: beginner to advanced color belts and black belts


When the settings are set on the vests, all the players hit play at the same time.

When the game starts, each player hits the 2020 Armor vests with any technique (or for more difficulty a restricted set of techniques) to keep the health bar up.

If the student fails to maintain the health levels, they are out. If they last until the time runs out, they win.

The winning players can increase the health setting and/or the time setting to see who lasts in the next round.

Continue until you have one winner.

What They Are Learning

In this game, the students are working on their stamina in a competitive setting.

You can use this opportunity to describe to the students the importance of stamina as it pertains to martial arts. The more stamina one has, the longer they can perform their techniques with the proper form and power. This will be helpful in competition and in life when they need to push themselves to complete difficult tasks.

This exercise gives a very clear picture of the level of stamina a student has, and if they are improving on it. It also allows them to compare their stamina to other students.

This exercise gives the students a very clear goal, which is to bring up the lights as opposed to doing 100 kicks or 50 pushups. By clearing showing the results of their efforts, they will want to prove to you as the instructor and to themselves that they are indeed working on their stamina.