To start February’s report, I would just like to say welcome to all the new students we have had join us over the month. It is great to see loads of new smiling faces on the mat and I hope you enjoy training with us.
The Infants have been preparing every Saturday for their upcoming gradings. Each lesson has begun with several minutes of practising breakfalls in order that they are ready to be thrown. Following this. all the students have been perfecting their technique at performing the Reverse Body Drop. This is a very advanced and quick throw and so the students need to be sure they are doing it correctly so that they will not hurt each other. Furthermore, the Reverse Body Drop will be a very important part of their gradings and so all the children have had excellent focus when approaching this technique.
Callum Mursell and Leo Knowles have also shown incredible spirit in ensuring they are fit and ready for their grading by working hard right from the warm up until they put their shoes back on. While watching the Infant Class I have seen students working exceptionally hard in preparation for their test, such as Anna who is constantly working hard and trying to perfect all her techniques. I would like to say well done to Rafi Cohen who is our Student of the Month for February – well done for all your hard work!
In the Junior Class we have also been training hard to be ready for the gradings. The junior grading will consist of both throws and arm locks. As such we have devoted the first half of every lesson to ensuring the students have the perfect technique to perform the Reverse Body Drop and Reclining Leg Throw. Since they have been working so hard, every student will have also seen an increase in their stamina as they are being thrown tens of times per lesson.
The second half of each class has been used to get to grips with the Arm Bar and Figure Four Arm Lock. These are intricate techniques requiring excellent focus, which has been shown particularly by Harrison Green who has not stopped working hard this past month. I wanted to say a big thank you to Taylor Sheehan who has started to come down to the Infant Class and help teach, it is always great to see a student which wants to come down and help with the classes, well done to you Taylor and keep up the good work. Also well done to Michael Pantiru who is our Student of the Month who has been working particular hard this past month.
The Teenager Class have also been working hard for their upcoming gradings, they have been working particularly hard to ensure that they know the syllabus for their next grade. I am sure with the effort they are putting in now it will pay off later. Good work guys and keep it up!! Over the month of February, we have been trying to improve the class’ stand-up grappling skills. Two people that have improved immensely are Jack Morse and Tom Waite, and I don’t mean the instructors!! They have been training incredibly hard to try and become just a little bit better, and because of this we have seen some cracking throws from the boys. Well done! Also Logan Schoonraad (who I have nick named the King of Chokes) got an amazing naked choke on Sempai Tom which took him by surprise, which was great to see! Lastly I would like to welcome Matthew Dones who has recently joined the group, and I hope he is enjoying training with us.