To kick off February’s report, I would like to say congratulations to Paasha Mohammad from the Infant Class for being awarded Student of the Month. The First Junior Class saw Wiktor Wasiel receiving this award, and the Second Junior Class saw Max Deschamps awarded with Student of the Month. Well done you guys – again excellent effort this month!
I would like to say “welcome to the club” to Reece Vecchi, Lucy & Alex Apikian from the Infant Class, and to Harry and Charlotte Edler, Rory & Alexander Goldsmith from the Junior Class. I hope you are enjoying your training and learn some new valued skills.
At the end of November, the Bushey Dojo participated in the Family Fun Day where parents could attend a night’s training with their children and have plenty of fun. This charity event was in aid to try help raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity “Scottish Little Soldiers.” So with this in mind, we asked all students to do their best, with the student who raised the highest amount being awarded a gift. It gives me great pleasure to award this gift to Freddy Braine, an infant grade student. WELL DONE FREDDY!! You’ve worked extremely hard for a worthwhile cause. The gift awarded was a trophy with Freddy’s name and details engraved onto it and was presented at Shomen in front of the class to ensure a big round of applause from everyone.
We continued to practice Major Outer Reap in the Infant Class, moving on to Chest Hold. In the Junior Class, we practiced Major Outer Reap, Reclining Leg Throw, Hip Throw, Inside Hock and Shoulder Throw. Initially this range of throws proved quite a challenge, but through the class’ hard work and perseverance, they started to get the hang of things nicely by the end of the month. We broke things down in terms of where to place to feet and where to hold partners’ uniforms. We also had a go at doing some balancing routines, and pulling and pushing your partner to try to off-balance them.
Near the end of the month for the Juniors, I decided to make a ring, split the junior grades into different groups and have a go at “sumo” – a game where you must try push your partner or throw your partner out of the ring by holding on to them. This is a fantastic game for the children and teaches them valued lesson about pull/push theory.
The Teenager Class has been working in their grading groups, where they have been following their syllabus sheets to enable them to grade in June.
The students have been dedicating themselves to training and ensuring that they try their hardest to practice their techniques not only in the dojo but where possible at home, thus helping with their training each week.
The senior members of the Adult Class trained at one end of the dojo, where they could constantly practice all the syllabus techniques from white belt through to brown black. Each week they repeat this process mixing it up with fitness to help prepare themselves for their Shodan Ho (probationary black belt) scheduled for May. This grading and will not be easy so constant repetition of techniques is essential, especially when placed under pressure with fitness.
Before I leave you, it’s with great sadness that I shall be losing Kai Taylor from my Junior Class. Kai and his family are moving to California. Everyone including myself will sorely miss Kai but I wish Kai and his family a fantastic future. Keep in touch guys!