Congratulations To Daniel Danilenko receiving student of the month for January 2015. Daniel continues to improve week by week and always try’s hard in everything he does. Well done Daniel, keep up the great work.
Photo 2 – Congratulations to Daniel Danilenko, being Student of the Month for January 2015
The mats were all set up and we waited for the arrival of our High Elms students to come through the door with those glistering smiles ready to start the year off. The children started coming through the doors and one by one started to bow themselves into the dojo. Drinks were placed down in the appropriate places, star cards handed into Sharon, ready to be stamped during the lesson. Any socks or glasses removed before the start of lesson. We were all ready to go lined up at the side of the mat waiting to be bowed onto the mat.
Massimo Loreti being the highest grade within the class was summoned to call line-up. Breakfalls were next, then warm-up and fitness. With everyone perspiring we were ready to start our technical session. I split the groups into two; the Junior class being a little older were able to do strangles, I demonstrated to the Junior group a sliding collar and lapel choke a few times and explained the fundamentals and safety when applying these holds. With the Junior class fully understanding what to do, I sent them off to one end of the mat to practice. The Infant class were moved to the opposite end where I demonstrated an escape from the bottom when someone is sitting straddling you. Young Finn Downey was keen to be a helper to demonstrate, I then swapped roles so he could attempt the technique on me so he understood what was happening. I then moved around the mat and gave help where needed. We concluded that lesson with a good grapple and game.
The following few of weeks we performed the same routine but added a rear naked choke for the Junior class and a turnover for the Infant class, then revising them both on the last week. We had some practice at standing grappling. I saw some great takedowns by both groups and really shows how their training is progressing.
Our young students that started with us before Christmas are really progressing and learning the dojo rules well. Keep up the good work; it won’t be long before you are up there with the rest of the class.
Next month we look forward to revising the techniques that we practiced this month and advancing, seeing if we can perform any of these techniques when either being pinned or if your partner mistakenly gives you their backs making them more vulnerable to a rear choke!
Next month, unfortunately the School will be closed for a week due to spring half term but we will get straight back on it when we return. We also have our Children’s Championships due to take place in May 2015, when we will see who will be the Children’s Champion for their weight.