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 such as the S-Parry into throws such as Major Outer Reap and into dropping reverse body drop which will be the key to progressing to their next belt. Thomas Ashby and Ryan 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 Jasper Cowan and Harry Vango have been training really hard they been putting what they have been learning into practice, while 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.
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 double leg scoop and shoulder arm locks this will be an essential asset. All the instructors have been very impressed by the attitudes the students are showing, especially. 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 arm entanglement 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.
Lastly we have the teenager class, we had gradings this week. These are the first gradings that have been held for teenagers on the Friday. And what a grading it was!! They did not know what to expect, levels of anticipation were high as they all walked into the dojo. Sempai Tom Bowed them on to the mat, and it began. The countless throws, fitness test and techniques the whole class had to do it. And they were not giving up. Sempai Tom then started asking the questions about the club for every question someone got wrong the whole class had to do 10 press ups. They had to do that a few times!! Lastly to finish them off Sempai Tom had everyone taking part in stand-up randori. Everyone was red faced and tired. Sempai Tom shouted “everyone in the press up position” they all jumped down but didn’t look too happy! Sempai Tom counted to 3 and then asked everyone to stand up. He then gave them the good news that they had all passed their first grading. I would like to say well done to everyone you all done fantastic, and I am sure that you won’t forget that grading for a while.