How is it to learn to fight

Wrestle and fight

Combat games strengthen body awareness and self-esteem and help to reduce aggression. They are fun and can be easily integrated into physical education even without prior knowledge. The important thing is to convey rules and values.


Professional competence
The students

  • try out wrestling and fighting in a playful way
  • learn to deal with your balance and that of your counterpart
  • observe notes on safety

Methodological competence
The students

  • apply strategies and principles of fighting according to the situation

Social skills
The students

  • develop rules, rituals and agreements and adhere to them
  • treat each other with care
  • behave cooperatively in learning basic fighting situations

Didactic-methodological comment

The teaching materials on the subject of “being able to wrestle and fight” are suitable as part of exercise and health education for physical education in the second to fourth grades. The aim is for the pupils to gain basic experience with simple duels and learn what “cultivated fighting” means. In addition to learning the rules for fair fighting, they should be able to develop and apply basic strategies in duel situations.

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Background information for the teacher

  • Learn to fight fair in five stages
  • Rituals create orientation
  • Notes on safety
  • Simple fighting games for physical education

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Teaching materials

Media collection

  • The 10 judo values
    The German Judo Association has compiled the most important values ​​that can be conveyed through judo in a special way on its website
  • Fight and Fall
    Many more ideas for tackling games and tips for learning how to fall safely
  • Stronger and smarter through wrestling and fighting
    Why Scientists Advocate Fighting in Physical Education Classes
  • Inclusion in wrestling and fighting
    "Wrestling and Fighting - Combat Sports" in joint learning. A concept for teacher qualification. By B. Fardel, V. Gößling. In: Inclusion in school sports: suggestions and reflections. Ed .: S. Ruin, S. Meier, H. Leineweber, D. Klein, C.G. Booing. Beltz-Verlag, Weinheim 2016
  • Experience inclusion
    For physical examination of individuality and heterogeneity in fighting, wrestling and fighting. From: Florian Hartnack. In: Forming opportunities for movement. By Ina Hunger, Renate Zimmer. Hofmann Verlag, Schorndorf 2016