The month of May was a short training period and only saw two lessons of that month due to just returning from the Easter break.
I would like to welcome along Massimo Loreti who has joined us this month and works really well with his friend Finn Craigen.
We started the lessons off with the general discussion about everyone enjoying him or her self during their half term break. We swiftly moved to getting everyone lined up ready to start the class. I asked a few questions on terminology, what’s your uniform called, what’s your belt called, what does Sensei mean and general questions. They retain the information well as we constantly revise.
For our game we chose “zombie,” one person would kneel in the centre of the mat and he/she would be the zombie, on the command go everyone would start running around the mat whilst the zombie would try catching everyone. Once caught you would become a zombie on your knees to then catch everyone else.
After our game of zombie, we started running around the mat getting our body a little loser before moving on to stretches. We then went straight into breakfalls. I try to mix the breakfalls up a little to make them think about what they are doing and not just to follow the student in front of them.
During this month we worked on defending a punch, throwing our partner down and pinning by using a ground hold technique.
Initially I got each side to work on defending the punch. We started off slowly and explained the importance of doing so. We all know how children like to get excited about what they are doing and forget the consequences of hitting our partners full on. This went really well and was only shortly followed up by the throwing technique that they worked on in the past few lessons, “Major Outer Reap” From there they would pin their partner down using a Scarf Hold, a technique that everyone learns in the early stages.
We practiced this technique many times and working with different partners as not to get use to just working with one partner. We have a mixed class of Infant and Junior students and sometimes comical to see the smallest in the group to the biggest in the group trying to work together.
At the end of lessons we worked on Standing Randori, each side would try initiate a throw on each other using throws practiced in class, a period students enjoy doing.