First off all I would like to congratulate Katie Law and Max Thomas for being awarded the student of the month award, you have both worked extremely hard this month and you both deserve this award.
As it has been the summer holidays loads of students have been flying away and going on holiday, which means the classes have been quitter than usual. But for the students that have been attending we have been having fun and games and technical lessons which the students have been enjoying.
The infant class have been enjoying their lesson over August. The class has begun every week with a warm up and then the children practising their breakfalls in preparation for the next part of the lesson. The students then practise their basic throws, firstly the hip throw which is probably the most basic of the throws but still very effective. Then the students have been doing a body drop.
We have also been having some fun with games such as gladiators, tug of war and super sumo which all the students have enjoyed. Lewis Brown-Berslin ended up being the overall champion of all three games so I would like to say well done.
The junior class have been practising some new arm locks. The first of these is the straight arm bar; this is an excellent technique that can be used directly from a scarf hold. The following technique the students have learnt is the arm entanglement; this is a technique that can be used when the opponent struggles too much during an arm bar.
Following this the junior class have been practising a new throw, called the inside hock which is found in the adults’ green belt syllabus. This is an extremely quick throw which is exceptionally useful during stand up grappling as it is very quick and can be done face to face.
The juniors have also been having fun lessons as well. They too have been playing tug of war, super sumo and gladiators which they have been enjoying. The overall winner of the games was Charlie Palmer who had put his heart and soul into winning.
Lastly to mark the end of the summer holidays, I set up an obstacle race which the children had to complete in the quickest time. This is when everyone started to get competitive. Everyone really enjoyed it and I’m happy to say the winning time went to Adrian Kingread with the time of fifty six seconds. Well done and keep up the hard work everyone.
The teenager class have had excellent spirit and focus during their preparation for the national championships. They have been grappling with great concentration and treating every bout like it’s the final. They have been grappling with several opponents at the start of every lesson to make sure they are used to grappling people of all shapes and sizes when the competition date arrives.
The teenage students have also learnt some new chokes that they can use whilst grappling on the ground. These are the sleeve wheel choke and collar and bar choke, both from a front kneeling position. These are excellent techniques which will allow the students to not only get a tap out from chokes whilst their opponent is on their back but when they are kneeling as well. Doing particularly well is Nathan Morris. He has been training really hard and he is always trying to improve his technical ability.
They have also been practising the reclining leg throw, which is an excellent technique for stand up grappling as it not only causes the opponent to land on his back but the person throwing ends up on top of them in a perfect position to produce a lock to win the bout. I have no doubt that this class will do well in the competition.
Lastly we have been going over the classes syllabus, the class has started to learn their yellow belt. I have no worries that everyone will be ready for the grading in December.