I’m pleased to report that it has been an amazing month for the Borehamwood Tuesday Dojo, not only have we been preparing for the up and coming gradings but we have also had our family fun night for charity which has proved to be a massive success. I would like to say well done to everyone who took part for the charity night and I hope you enjoyed it.
This month we have been working very hard to prepare for the upcoming gradings in the infant class. Each lesson has begun with a warm up by jogging around the dojo’s mats and then listening out for numbers shouted by the Sensei and finding a group of that many people, with burpees forfeits for people not in a group. All the children then practised their break falls in order to prepare for the throws that we would be practising later in the lesson. The first throw we practised is the major outer reap, which is found in the adults’ yellow belt syllabus. This is a throw that is quite different to many others as it is performed face to face with the opponent and requires tipping the other person over whilst sweeping one of their legs out from under them.
The second throw we have been practising is the knee wheel, this is similar in many respects to the major outer reap and so a lot of the same technique can be used. Towards the end of the month once the students were confident with these throws we added dropping to the floor after the throws and putting their training partners into a side control.
Lastly the Family Fun Night was a massive success with all the parents, not only did they get to see what their children do in their normal lesson but they had to join in too. Firstly we started with a warm up and a game which everyone enjoyed. We then moved to grappling where the parents realised that there little ones are quite strong. By the end of the lesson everyone had a smile on their face and all said they enjoyed it. Thank you to everyone who supported our charity event.
The Junior class have also been very motivated to prepare for their upcoming gradings. The classes have begun with intense warm ups to allow the students to get used to the hard work a grading can be. The students began by loosening up their muscles by jogging around the mats and doing some tuck jumps. The students then all lined up in grade order to practise all their breakfalls. Next in partners the children would have a grapple, then do some press ups, then grapple again and do some burpees and we would continue this through several rounds.
Following this the children have been learning a couple of new throws and techniques for the ground. The throws we’ve practised are the major outer reap and the knee wheel which are two excellent throws that with practise can become very quick. The students have then been learning some new techniques for once the opponent is on the floor, particularly the arm bar and collar chokes.
Again we had a great turn out for our family fun night. We started off with a warm up and some team game to get everyone warm and ready to train. We then moved on to some of the children’s grading techniques. Parents did not find it easy but still took part. Lastly we ended with a couple of bouts of grappling. Everyone loved jumping over their parents which was great to see. Thank you for all your support.
The teenagers’ class have also been preparing for their gradings with excellent spirit. Each class has begun by the students lining up to demonstrate all their breakfalls, including how to do a front rolling breakfall to pick up a weapon. The students have then got into two lines along the mats facing a partner and executed several throws and fitness tests all before several bouts of grappling. These exercises are great for stamina and practising technique whilst tired which is what a real life scenario most likely will be.
The students have then split up into their syllabus groups to learn the techniques required for them to progress onto their next belts, whilst their Sensei have gone between these groups teaching and correcting techniques.