MSWMovement Literacy

Level A1 focusses on the basic postural and functional aspects that will enable the development at later stages. Learners should be able to perform each element with control, confidence and consistency.  Session design is games, play and discovery based.
 

Basic Coordination
Basic Coordination

Developing control and coordination (many activities can develop this capacity)

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Mountain Pose
Mountain Pose

Assess contact with the ground, shoulder flexibility, balance and curvature of the spine.

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Log Roll
Log Roll

Assess integrity of the posture through motion.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Aiming
Aiming

Develop precision in the skill. Emphasize the set up and follow through.

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Plank
Plank

Assess the integrity of the position, look for spine curvature or weakness in shoulders.

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Cycling
Cycling

Introduce new types of locomotion as and when you can.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Catch (closed skill)
Catch (closed skill)

Assess tracking of objects, early set up and absorption of force.

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Side Plank
Side Plank

Assess openness of the chest, stability of the position and alignment from chin to toes.

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Running
Running

Consider efficiency and development of fluid continuous bilateral movement.

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MSW
MSW

Movement Vocabulary (see next level)

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Throw (closed skill)
Throw (closed skill)

Assess summation of forces and timing of the skill. Develop both sides.

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Back Support
Back Support

Assess the integrity of the position, alignment from ears to toes, shoulder stability and wrist flexibility.

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Ice Skating
Ice Skating

Introduce new types of locomotion as and when you can.

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MSW
MSW

Movement Vocabulary (see next level)

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Kick (closed skill)
Kick (closed skill)

Assess the position of the non-striking foot, development of force through angular momentum of the hip, balance and follow through.

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Down Dog
Down Dog

Assess ankle, hamstring and shoulder flexibility. Look for wrist, shoulder, hip alignment.

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Hop
Hop

Assess summation of forces, timing and development of power. Consider dynamic stability in the ankle on landing.

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MSW
MSW

Movement Vocabulary (see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Chair Pose
Chair Pose

Assess contact with the ground, alignment of knees and toes, and integrity of the spine.

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Bear Crawl
Bear Crawl

Assess bilateral control (forwards and backwards). Look for 90 degree angles and integrity of the spine throughout.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Deep Squat
Deep Squat

Assess balance, ankle flexibility and stability of the position.

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Walk
Walk

Assess ankles and knees. Watch for rolling (usually inward) of the ankle and bowing or collapsing of the knee.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Tree Pose
Tree Pose

Assess balance, openness of the hip and control.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Level A2 introduces specific ways of travel which will require specific teaching and correction and extends upon the postural development through more challenging movement patterns as well as those involving greater strength. The introduction of increasing difficulty with the introduction of A2.4 will require the positive framing of challenge.

Overhand Strike (colsed skill)
Overhand Strike (colsed skill)

Assess controlled preparation and transfer of weight. Tracking of the object and timing of the contact.

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Warrior 1
Warrior 1

Assess balance over base of support and strength of the pose.

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Agility
Agility

Assess body control into, through and out of the movement. Emphasize changes in body position for manipulating center of mass.

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Forward Roll
Forward Roll

Assess tuck position and the sequence of the movement from entry to controlled exit.

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Backhand Strike (closed skill)
Backhand Strike (closed skill)

Assess controlled preparation and transfer of weight. Tracking of the object and timing of the contact.

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Warrior 2
Warrior 2

Assess balance over base of support and strength of the pose.

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Frog
Frog

Assess dynamic ankle and hip flexibility. Highlight strength and control through the arms and shoulders.

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Backward Roll
Backward Roll

Assess tuck position. Chin to chest. Push off from hands in correct timing. Enter and exit into the pattern with control.

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Forehand Strike (closed skill)
Forehand Strike (closed skill)

Assess controlled preparation and transfer of weight. Tracking of the object and timing of the contact.

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Warrior 3
Warrior 3

Assess balance, flexibility and maintenance of integrity of the body entering, throughout and exiting the pose.

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Sprinting
Sprinting

Assess power production from low center of mass, and generation of forward momentum using powerful bilateral movements.

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Dive Roll
Dive Roll

Timing of touch and roll is critical. Assess tuck and absorption of force by upper body.

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Throw and catch (open skills)
Throw and catch (open skills)

Application of throw and catch in open environments, whilst in locomotion and encumbered by opponents.

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Lunge
Lunge

Assess controlled entry and exit into and out of the movement pattern. Look for five 90 degree angles in the lower limbs and upright posture of the torso.

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Swimming
Swimming

Introduce new types of locomotion as and when you can.

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180 Degree Spin
180 Degree Spin

Assess control of rotation using arms. Softness of landing and postural alignment through the spin.

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Kick (open skills)
Kick (open skills)

Application of the kick in open environments, whilst in locomotion and encumbered by opponents.

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Squat
Squat

Assess balance (forward to back and right to left). Watch knee and toe alignment. Head and chest forward.

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Skate Board
Skate Board

Introduce new types of locomotion as and when you can.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Sitting on Ball
Sitting on Ball

Assess balance and posture on the ball. Maintaining position with small adjustments and not overreacting.

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Climbing
Climbing

Introduce new types of locomotion as and when you can.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Hang
Hang

Passive to active hanging. Draw scapula downwards and chest forward.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Kneeling on Ball
Kneeling on Ball

Assess for stability and balance. Students should be in control entering and exiting the balance.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Push Up
Push Up

Assess upper body strength at full range of motion. Maintain postural integrity throughout. Shoulders in 'grasshopper'.

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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MSW
MSW

(see next level)

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Head Stand
Head Stand

Assess control entering and exiting the balance. Wide triangular base of support. Head, shoulder, hip, knee toe alignment.

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