I would like to start this half term off by saying a big well done to Adikeshav Gathiram. He has been a key member in the class being one of the highest grades in the class. All the lower grades look up to him. Every lesson he is on time and has never missed a session. Well done Adikeshav keep up the good work.
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 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.
I would like to remind all the children and parents that all the kids have a progress card that they hand in every lesson if they do something good in the lesson or have been working hard they will get a star in the book, once they have completed a line in their card they will get an Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu medal to keep. If you have lost the card or forget to bring it to lesson please let me know and I will get you a new card or sort out more stars next lesson.
I would also like to add that next half term we are going to be starting are work for grading’s and letters will be going out very soon. I am looking forward to the grading’s and seeing how well the class have moved on.
Have a lovely half term and I will see everyone next half term.
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Tom Garvin Sensei