Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pie In the Face Buddy Day


1) Reward students with a day of fun.  For us, it is Saturday after every stripe test, but that's just us.

2) Give our students, if they wish, a low pressure way to bring their friends to our school.

3) Teach something new, or something more in depth than we might have time to in regular classes.

4) Give our instructors a chance to bond with our students on a different level than regular class times.


1) Paper plates (which we use Dixie HD Paper Plates, 10 1/16 Inches, 220 Count (Packaging May Vary)   because they are far less expensive than aluminum pie pans, less wasteful (renewable) and they don't hurt as much.)

2) We used 8 Reddiwip cans for about 55 students, but we used too much, so you might not needs as much.

3) Large plastic trash bags with head and arm holes cut out, so we get less covered in cream,

4) A tarp or sheet of some sort to put under whomever is getting pie in the face.  We use cheap plastic painting sheeting, as once it gets cream on it, and sun shine, you got a mess that resists cleaning, so we just throw the tarp out.

5) Some sort of Pass or information to give to the guests.

6) Flyers for the event.  We distribute ours at stripe test and online, facebook etc.  After 20 years, it seems that putting them out more than a week before the event causes them to get lost. If you want a PSD editable version of this file, leave a comment and we will give it to you.

7) Someone with a camera ... want to see out pictures from the event?  Click Here.

8) A lesson plan to teach each class level.  We had 3 different levels for this event, but we leave the curriculum to the instructor unless they want our direction.  This is Art Time for them too. We taught Round Kick, Jump Round Kick, Machine Round Kick, and then had them hit a ball or a focus pad as we threw it at them, like baseball with the Kick being used as a bat - Dragons (age 6 - 7) Karate Kids (8 - 12).  We used front kicks for Age 2.5 to age 5.  For Adults, we used self defense applications of kicking the attacker's foundation.

We have found that both our existing students and their guests, as well as their parents, prefer the challenge of real curriculum to a fluff class.  We teach karate, then play.

Method (how to):

1) Set up a place outside, under a tent for bad weather, or totally covered in plastic sheets if forced inside, to have the students "throw" the whip cream pie at the instructors. We put a chair on 3 corners, to hold the tarp down, a table on the back corner to hold the plates and Reddi Wip.

2) Teach 10 minutes of protocol or less in all children's classes, with the purpose being that the guests will know what to do and not feel out of sorts, plus you get to both reinforce the same protocol to current students. We also us this time to allow t he group to ramp up in a drill that requires focus, teaches dealing with "losing" and is fast moving. We call the game "the go game."  Even our teens like this game.

3) Teach whatever you are using for curriculum, ending with a drill that is high energy and fun.

4) 10 or so minutes before the end of class, go to the prepared area for "Pie In The Face." Put the instructors who have agreed to be targets in the black plastic bags, on the tarp.  We had the students stand from 3 to 5 feet away, depending on their age.  The goal is to MAKE SURE THEY HIT PART OF YOU.  Then they all do it one at a time.

5) With the older kids, and teens/adults, we allow the Guests to throw a pie at their sponsor.  The youngers students will freak out if you try to get them to do it.

(c) 2015

6) Finally, one of our Sr. Instructors, Sabum Nim Laura Petsching, pointed out to us that we were destroying food a few miles from a part of town where people were starving.  From that time, over a decade ago, until today, we always make a donation in kind to a local food kitchen to help teach the children and their parent's about social responsibility.  If it is a larger deal, like cutting fruit with a katana, then we ask them to bring food to donate too, helping reinforce the lesson of #ThePrivilegeOfPowerIsService.

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