First of all I would like to say well done to Jake Kingsmill and Adam Knight for being awarded the student of the month award; you both have worked hard and earned that belt.
The infant class have been preparing for their upcoming gradings. In order to do this they have shown excellent teamwork and spirit by working together to make sure everyone knows the techniques. Each lesson this month has begun with a hard warm up where all the students had to demonstrate their breakfalls and grapple with every other member of the class.
Following this the students worked together in pairs to learn the techniques necessary to pass their gradings. For this grading, the students are required to be able to perform the shoulder arm lock and a couple of basic throws. The shoulder arm lock is fairly technical but an excellent way to restrain an opponent whilst remaining standing. The two basic throws the children learnt were the hip throw and the body drop. Both of these are very important and their technique can be applied to other throws.
The junior class have also been working very hard to prepare for their gradings. Each lesson has begun by turning the gas right up and getting all the children very sweaty! We have begun each lesson with a quick warm up and demonstration of breakfalls before getting straight into grappling with several partners. Between bouts there would be lots of press ups, sit ups, leg raises and burpees to prepare the children for what they can expect in their gradings next month.
Following this was the technical aspect of the lesson. For the students’ gradings, they will be required to know some basic throws as well as chokes from a kneeling position. The first throw they need to know is the hip throw, this is the most basic throw and the first one that every student is taught as the technique is applicable to so many others. The second throw the children will be tested on is the full shoulder, this is similar to the hip throw in many ways but produces a much quicker throw and the children have worked very hard to get their technique right before attempting the throw in quick time.
The chokes the children have worked on are from the rear kneeling position; these are the two variations of a naked choke and the single wing choke. The naked chokes are very useful in grappling and the single wing choke is excellent to use for an opponent who attempts to escape from a naked choke. We are very proud of how the class have trained this month and are very optimistic for their gradings!
The Teenagers have been training very hard in their syllabus groups to be ready for their upcoming gradings. Each lesson has begun with a warm up and the students lining up in grade order to demonstrate their breakfalls. The students have then broken away into their syllabus groups to learn their techniques which will be required for them to pass on to their next belts. The atmosphere in the dojo has been excellent and we have seen tremendous focus from all the students. Following this, the students have been put through their paces at the end of each lesson. All the teenagers lined up in pairs in a grading format to be pushed through several throws, bouts of grappling and fitness tests to make sure they are fully prepared for their gradings.