Welcome back everyone I hope you all have had a great Christmas and new year. It’s good to see everyone back training and ready to learn.
The Saturday morning infant class have been have been really enjoying their lesson lately. The class begins every week with a warm up and then the children practising their breakfalls in preparation for the next part of the lesson. The students then practise their basic throws, firstly the hip throw which is probably the most basic of the throws but still very effective. Then the students have been doing a body drop which is a faster throw and will be very useful during the competition. During each week, Sempai Tom and I have seen a massive improvement in the infant class. I would like to say a huge well done to Harrison NG who has been training really hard on his throws and always turning up for training.
The class have also been learning some new holds, particularly the upper four-quarters, this is an excellent technique to pin your opponent whilst grappling as well as offering a neck lock if done correctly. With this technique the students should be able to excel in the grappling contest. I think that the students from the Bushey Grove Dojo are going to be the ones to watch at the competition.
The junior class have been getting geared up for the up and coming gradings. They have been getting ready by practising some new arm locks. The first of these is the straight arm bar; this is an excellent technique that can be used directly from a scarf hold. The follow-on technique the students have learnt is the arm entanglement; this is a technique that can be used when the opponent struggles too much during an arm bar. Each week I have seen everyone starting to get excited for the competition, but more than most Alfie Travers has been itching to take part.
Following this the junior class have been practising a new throw, called the full shoulder which is found in the adults’ green belt syllabus. This is an extremely quick throw which is exceptionally useful during stand up grappling as it is very quick and can be done face to face. The students practised this in pairs hundreds of times to make sure their technique was perfect so that they will be able to implement it during the national competition.
The teenager class have had excellent spirit as we have recently had a grading and everyone who took part done extremely well.
The teenage students have also learnt some new chokes that they can use whilst grappling on the ground. These are the sleeve wheel choke and collar and bar choke, both from a front kneeling position. These are excellent techniques which will allow the students to not only get a tap out from chokes whilst their opponent is on their back but when they are kneeling as well. Doing particularly well is Daniel Blackman; he has been training really hard.
They have also been practising the reclining leg throw, which is an excellent technique for completion as it not only causes the opponent to land on his back but the person throwing ends up on top of them in a perfect position to produce a lock to win the bout.