Most sports are also interested in developing the character of participants as well as understanding certain mental aspects about the history, culture, and strategy of the sport. To be sure, much of this develops naturally over time. However, here are certain drills that can help with this.
Have students do sit-ups, and each time they sit up make them repeat some mental aspect of the sport. For martial arts, this could be one partner saying a move in English, while the other one says it in the language of the art. For football, this could be one partner saying a play, and the other partner saying what their role in the play is. For basketball or soccer, one partner could say the name of a player on the other team, and the other partner would have to specify an aspect of their game, or how they would defend. For instance “Joe Basketball” and the response would be “Loves to shoot 3 pointers.” Another example could be “John Soccer” and the response could be “Likes to cut right and then dribble left.”
For forms sit-ups, have the students do sit-ups as normal and then do a sport specific move when they come up. For instance we have them do one move in their form with each sit-up, so by the end of the set they have completed the hand techniques of their entire form. This could be basketball shots, baseball throws, etc. The key idea is that the students aren’t thinking about either the move or the sit-up too much, thus disguising repetition.
Running and random technique team game
This is a great game to make sure your students know their material. You have two (or more) teams which each run in a circle. You say something like “I’ll give one point to the first team that can all show me the 2nd move of form 3.” It’s important to pick random things. If there are many different levels, you can give a point for the first team that has one person show you the move. This works really well for terminology. Call out the moves in Korean (or whatever language) and see which team has someone who does it first. This will teach the students to work together in teams, get a lot of running in, and force them to be able to recall random details quickly and accurately.