Workshop outline

Appropriate for kids & adults ages 5 on up


In this workshop you will:

Be watchful like an eagle (with eagle eyes)– Eagles have among the strongest eyes in the animal kingdom, with an eyesight estimated at 4 to 8 times stronger than that of the average human. Eagles are good at being on the lookout. We will practice being aware of our surroundings and notice things in great detail. A good game to play at home is “I Spy with My Eagle Eye”.*

Listen like a wolf (with wolf ears) – Wolves can hear as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles in the open.  They are very alert and tuned into their environment. We will practice listening for sounds in our environment.

Move like a ninja – Ninjas are agile and fast while rolling like a ball and landing on their feet, and they have excellent balance. We will practice our ninja skills.

Claw like a tiger – Tigers use their powerful claws for hunting and fishing and protecting themselves.  They have retractable claws which means they can be pulled in when they aren’t using them. This keeps them sharp for hunting and climbing.

Kick like a kangaroo – Kangaroos have powerful legs and feet and their kick is very impressive. They kick by leaning back and balancing on their strong tail. We do not have tails but we will pretend one leg is our kangaroo tail and do kangaroo kicks with the other leg.

Roar like a lion – A lion’s roar is among the loudest sounds produced in the animal kingdom.  A lion can roar to the level of 114 decibels, carried over 5 miles (a human shout is around 70 decibels). Lions roar for several different reasons, but one of the main reasons they roar is to mark their territory. Roaring is an empowering activity for making one’s presence known (this is very important).  We are going to make some noise! 

Run like a cheetah – Cheetahs are thought to be the fastest animal in the world and can reach up to 61 mph (this record was set in 2012 by a cheetah named Sarah). Cheetahs are sprinters, not long distance runners.  We will practice sprinting to nearby locations.

Report to a trusted adult – We will practice reporting events to a trusted adults no matter how big or small they feel those events might be. With good observational skills and situational awareness, children my be able to detect possible problems before they occur. And if an unwanted situation has occurred, they will be able to give relevant details and help find a solution.

Techniques practiced in class include:

Defining personal space 

Wrist grab escape (this is for peers or bullies who aren’t much bigger in size)

Escape from being pulled, picked up or dragged by a person much bigger

Kicking from the ground game

Bear Hug/ Grab from behind escape

After a short age appropriate discussion we will end the workshop with a SUPERHERO POWER POSE and a LION ROAR