The students in Friday’s Infant class in Bushey have been working exceptionally hard as they prepare for their gradings. They have begun every lesson by practising their breakfalls and learning some of the basic history of the club. Following this we have started to perfect their technique for the Reverse Body Drop which will be the key to progressing to their next belt. Katie Law and Ryan Kett Morais have been training particularly hard and made excellent progress and will soon be able to really increase the speed of their throws. I would like to say Aran Kilich and Akshaan Joshi have been training really hard, putting what they have been learning into practice whilst grappling. The hold-downs which they have been learning are slowly but surely getting better and soon I bet they will be two top students! Well done boys and keep up the good work! Lastly I would like to say well done to Adrian Gashi who is our Student of the Month because of all the hard work that he puts in every lesson.
The Junior class have also been training in order to be ready for the upcoming gradings. During the class we have been concentrating on their fitness, particularly whilst being thrown. This is due to the need for excellent stamina and mental strength to be able to keep getting back to your feet whilst being thrown repeatedly. Since the main techniques that will appear in the gradings are the Reverse Body Drop and Reclining Leg Throw this will be an essential asset. All of the instructors have been very impressed by the attitudes the students have been showing, especially Charlie Palmer and Ryan Magromallis who have been training with great focus. We have also been taking part in some stand up grappling which the class has been enjoying a lot.
The infants that have recently moved up to the Junior class are doing exceptionally well, and are well on their way to passing their first junior grading. The Junior class are also learning some new locks, particularly the Arm Bar and the Figure Four Arm Lock. Both of these are excellent techniques for grappling and the children have been able to try them out in real grappling situations. I would like to say congratulations to William Ivory who is our Student of the Month for February. He has worked extremely hard over the whole month and very much earned this award.
Lastly we have the Teenager class. We are only in the second month of it being a teenager class, but slowly we are getting there. The students have started to realise that it is not as easy as they thought it would be. Every lesson they get worked hard and learn new things which they would not have learnt in the Junior class. Two of the students that are doing particularly well are Liam White and Tommy George, they have both taken to the class very well and are both enjoying the class and doing very well. As we have just started on the white belt syllabus, the whole class is learning the same techniques. We started with the Hip Throw which has been going very well. Mia Slevin and Lisa Coats particularly stood out as doing very well and it’s great to see them both doing some amazing throws. One more ‘well done’ has to go to Aaron Palmer who is putting in 110% effort in every class. Keep up the good work everyone!!