First off all I would just like to say well done to our students of the month, Scarlett Hendry in the infant class and Kane Blake in the junior class. They both have been working extremely hard and both deserve this award. Well done you two keep up the good work.
The infant class have been training slightly differently this past month. Given that it was the summer holidays we decided to warm up a little differently. After the usual warm up of jogging around the edge of the dojo the children played games such as tug of war and gladiators to get ready for the lesson. Gladiator’s is particularly a good game since it has applications within martial arts as you look for weaknesses with your opponent to force them to move. The students were then shown some grappling techniques to practise including the arm entanglement and straight arm bar which are found in the adults’ basic ground work. These are two excellent locks that can provide excellent submissions in competitions whilst requiring very little strength.
The junior class have also begun their training sessions a little differently; every class has begun with warm up games such as stuck in the mud, tug of war and gladiators to get all the muscles warm and then the children have been learning some more complicated grappling techniques. One of these was the upper four-quarters; this technique is excellent for pinning the opponent to the floor with minimal effort and if executed correctly can also provide a submission.
Another technique the students learnt was the triangle choke, this particular favourite of mine is quite difficult to use but is very tight and difficult to escape from. If the execution is correct this technique will proved an almost instant submission within a competition.
The teenagers’ class have been concentrating hard on their syllabus work. After the warm up, each lesson has begun with the students getting into pairs and performing their basic fitness tests and several throws on each other. Following this the students would work with their syllabus groups to learn the new techniques for each of their next belts. The teens have been very much focused this past month as they’ve realised that their next grading’s too far away!
The class have also been learning some new throws and take downs to use during stand up grappling. The most practise has been given to the inside hoc, this is a very quick throw which causes the opponent to land on their back with very minimal effort if performed correctly.
Please remember that if you need any equipment or weapons for your next belt please let me know and we can order it and get it to you for next lesson. If you have a progress card please make sure you bring it in to get stamped. If the card is lost and you can’t find it to get a new card will be £1.00.
With everyone back from the holidays I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the mat and building up and working on more throws and grappling.
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Tom Garvin Sensei