I would like to say some big congratulations to the students of the month. In the infant class it was awarded to young Archie Knowles who has shown some great courage and getting stuck in with the rest of the class. Archie looks up to big brother Leo Knowles and tries to follow in his footsteps. Well done young man, you’re doing fabulous! In the junior class it was awarded to Timi Afolabi who sometimes comes down to help with little brother in the Infant class. Timi works extremely hard and works really well with others. Well-done boys you have had a great month.
In March, we had the children’s national gradings, this was the first one of the year and the children have been working super hard in preparation for this month. The first lesson of the month we had any last minute revision, making sure that they understand the names and then linking them with the technique.
On the day of the grading the students are a little nervous because they want to do well and move up a level in belts. A few little pep talks before we start to make sure what is expected of them. We always start with normal formalities, which they get tested on, then warm-up shortly followed by breakfalls and fitness tests.
After this was completed we move onto the techniques that they have been practicing for the grading. To make it a little more interesting we amalgamate fitness into the grading. The more senior belts within the group had random fitness test thrown in as they are somewhat fitter than others and is needed to get the most out of that student. Near the end of the grading the senior belts are pulled out in front of the class to perform extra work; the higher the belt the harder it becomes… The gradings went fabulous, the students gave their maximum effort but I kept all in suspense to whether they passed or not.
The following week we had class games, they work very hard practicing for months leading up so I award them with a fun lesson. After games I leave time allocated for class presentations when parents, relatives & friends bring along their cameras to record this special occasion. At the very end of the presentation the students throw their old belts into the air in joy of success…
The next couple of weeks the children made a start on some throwing techniques, they also have their Easter holidays so I know that some will be away but we plan to continue and drill these techniques.
We have the Children’s Championships fast approaching scheduled for Sunday 22nd May 2016, if you want to know any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me or just speak to me in class.
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