Congratulations to Emily Nash from the Infants, Roman Cody from the first Junior group and Liam White from the second Junior group receiving student of the Month award for August 2014.
August was set to be a quite month as students were away with families for summer holidays. For those that were not away for the entire summer break, started to work on a throw called Body-Drop. The Infant and Junior classes worked on this; we took away the real technical aspect of this throw until they understood the arm work and footwork, it wasn’t long before they started getting the hang of this throw, so we decided to make it a little more fun and create a game to aid in the repetition of this technique.
Using the game “stuck in the mud,” one person would be the catcher and run around the matted area trying to tag another fellow student, once caught they would stand still as if stuck in the mud and the only way that you could be freed was by someone crawling between your legs, turning around to face each other, high ten (similar to high five but this time with both hands) then perform a Body Drop throw. We did these lots of times but with different catchers. This was enormous fun and had the added advantage of working on their fitness.
I also created another game called “The World Record,” this time they would be in pairs, facing each other but at opposite ends of the mat. On the command go one side would run to their partner, carry out a Body Drop Throw, run back to where they started and then repeat the process. They had sixty seconds to complete this task; the student that achieved the highest amount of throws would have the world record. This was very tiring but enjoyed by all.
All these activities were created throughout the month in these classes but we also had time to practice our breakfalls repeatedly; starting at one end we would run to the middle of the mat perform either a forward roll, side breakfall, front or back, touch the other side and repeat the process coming back. This gave the students lots of repetition and confidence to commit to the technique, not forgetting a great sweat!
The teenagers and adults at the beginning of August performed a great circuit, working on all the physical attributes needed within their training; there were press-ups, sit-ups, leg raises, burpees, explosive exercises and much more to get themselves ready for what is needed within their training. Working in a clockwise direction they performed each technique for thirty seconds to the best of their ability before moving on to the next, a great session indeed!
We all had a practice at grappling but this time I decided to make it a little bit more interesting as we are so used to relying on our eyes to help us out of difficult positions, I decided to use some blindfolds so each student must then rely on feeling where their partner moves around them.
During August the teenager and adult class had a little fun when they performed some of the games that are performed by the Infant and Junior classes. We started with my favourite “Stuck in the mud,” I think everyone was amazed how tiring it really is. From here we moved on to a game which works on control of a partner; working in three’s, one person would have a cut down piece of belt looped into the back of there belt, that partner would also hold onto someone facing them. The last person would also be facing the same way as the middleman. His job was to try and retrieve the belt by moving around in any direction he can whilst being blocked by the middleman. The winner was the one that could retrieve the belt the most amounts of times.
It was a quite month but a excitable one and I’m sure that everyone has had a fantastic time away during the summer holidays. With the summer break nearly finished, I look forward to hearing all about your time away.