We started the month of March with plenty of practice for the children’s gradings scheduled for the 17th March. There was one particular throw I wanted to concentrate a lot more and that was the Reclining Leg throw. Two weeks prior to the grading we constantly worked hard on this tricky technique to perfect the throw which everyone did with flying colours.
At the start of the lessons we tried rolling over a kick shield to develop the children’s confidence. A lot of the students found this very interesting and exciting. Those who were not quite as confident were given the option to roll to the side, and with plenty of practice they all got a lot better. I am proud to say that those who initially opted to roll to the side of the kick shield are now able to fully commit themselves to rolling over the shield!
During the month we also had a little fun using blindfolds. At first the children were quite bemused at what we were going to do but with a little explanation they all got very excited, so we partnered up giving each side a blindfold to place over their eyes. To ensure there were no head collisions, we started with each side holding their partners’ uniform. On the command “Hajime” they were off – trying to muscle each other to the ground, it was hilarious to watch! The laughter and smiles I could hear and see were awesome. With multiple changing of partners, they were very eager to do more…
During lessons or we also performed relay races. Each side would compete against each other, performing throws needed for their grading, and mixing it up with fitness drills. With Easter now here the school breaks up for the whole of April. I hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you all when you return on the 12th May!