Drama Control Game – Ninja

Ninja is a really fun game that can be played in pairs or small groups.

Instructions

  • Divide the students into pairs.
  • When directed, the students should bow to each other and say ‘ninja’.
  • After this the students take it in turns to use one hand to try to chop one hand of their opponent.
  • The opponent should try to pull away their hand.
  • If the attacker makes contact with any part of the arm below the shoulder, the opponent loses that arm and must continue to play one handed.
  • After making a strike the attacker must freeze in their landing position.
  • Their opponent then tries to make a strike and they can move their arm out of the attack line.
  • Students continue until one player has had both arms eliminated.
  • The loser finds a space to sit and watch the action and the winner joins with another winner to start the next round.
  • Continue until only one player remains.
  • If there are an odd number of pairs, have the final three stand in a circle and continue as normal.

Teacher tips:

  • Have the students stand in one large circle and go around the circle one at a time for a variation on the game. In this instance students must attack either the player to their left or their right.
  • Encourage the students to practise racial sensitivity when playing this game.

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