First of all I would like to say well done to Luca Lazar and Jada Cousins for being awarded student of the month. You both have worked hard throughout the month of February. Well done.
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 escaping the guard. This can be very technical so the students need to be sure they are doing it correctly so that they will not hurt each other. While watching the Infant Class I have seen students working exceptionally hard in preparation for their test, such as Benjamin Blaiberg who is constantly working hard and trying to perfect all her techniques.
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 escaping the guard 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 Luca Stevens who has not stopped working 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!
Just to let everyone know the infant and junior gradings are to be held on the 13th February 2015. Presentation time will be the following week on the 20th February 2015. And I would like to take this time to wish everyone luck with there up and coming gradings. I know you will all do well.