Section 1 – Congratulations to Karen Bradley receiving student of the month for February 2015. Karen has shown great improvement in her training. Well-done Karen!
At the start of February, I was keen to go over and revise what we had practiced in the month of January. The Infant class had been learning an escape when being pinned by their partners. One student would lie down whilst the other would sit straddling with hands on their shoulders. The student lying down would trap their partner’s arm and leg on one side and perform a pelvic trust in the same direction that the arms were trapped thus escaping from that position. They performed this technique very well so we moved onto the next technique.
They would stand opposite each other, one side to go first. Having one leg further in front than the other they would lower their centre of gravity and thrust forward onto their leading knee. The main aim was to land in-between their partner’s legs. They would then secure their legs by grabbing behind the knees and continue thrusting forward causing their partners to go backwards. As they practiced breakfalls every lesson, they had no problem breaking there fall when been pushed back.
The rest of the month the Infants practiced this technique but finished off with a couple of pins. The pins they were practicing would be a Scarf hold and Shoulder hold; both being very similar to each other and controlling their partners head and arm causing difficulty escaping…
The Junior class went over what they practiced last month, two rear chokes; the first is called a rear naked choke and the second one called a sliding collar and lapel. The reason why the first one is called a rear naked choke is that you are using only your arms and not any part of their uniform for the choke. Split up in pairs one behind the other on their knees; the person at the back would encircle their arm around their opponent’s neck to grab their own bicep of the other arm; you would then use your freehand to place behind your opponents head.
The other choke also starting from the same position and encircling the neck but this time placing your hand inside your opponent’s collar; the other hand would then go under their arm and grab the opposite lapel and pull down causing the collar to tighten. The other hand that is holding onto the collar would be pulled back causing the choke. The junior class really enjoyed these chokes but before performing these we went into the safety detail to ensure they were all performed in a safe manor.
The juniors performed the same take down as the Infants before moving onto other strangles from a mounted position and paired in to groups, one lying down and the other sitting straddling the other. The student sitting on top would perform all the strangles. These strangles were called “Fingers, Thumbs, Fingers & Thumbs, Collar and Bar”. It would start with placing your arm across your opponents neck and place your fingers inside your opponents collar with the thumb on the outside; the other hand would do the same thing but to the other side.
With the fingers deep inside the collars you would then pull your elbows out causing it to tighten around the neck. Fingers are exactly the same but placing your thumbs inside the collar and fingers on the outside. With fingers and thumbs it was a combination of the two…
Collar and bar choke was very similar, this time placing your arm across the neck, thumb inside the collar; the other hand would hold onto the opposite lapel lower down and pull tight, causing the collar to tighten. The other arm that was holding onto the lapel would then drop the elbow towards the floor causing a choke on the neck.
During the lessons we performed standing and kneeling grappling to see if we could implement some of these techniques practiced…
Next month we look forward to the children’s gradings when they will be tested on these techniques practiced. If everyone is successful, the following week we will have a fun lesson as a reward for all your hard work leading up to the grading exam. We will also demonstrate to mums and dads how hard you have been working!
Before that we need more practice to make sure everything is up to scratch…
The Children’s Championships are fast approaching and are being held on Sunday The 17th March 2015 when we can see who will be the next British Champion in their weight category! The Championships will take place at the Breckland Leisure Centre & Waterworld,
I look forward to seeing all those that can attend…