Congratulations to Edward Moody receiving student of the month for February 2015. Well done Edward, hard work really does pay off!
February was quite a short month for the Hopton dojo as we had a closure due to me training away in Scotland and a couple of weeks later the schools spring half term.
This month the Infant class worked on an escape from the mount, a take down and a take down into a couple of pins.
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.
The next technique they practiced would be a take down, standing 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. One person would lie on their back whilst the other person would sit on their bottom near their armpit with their back to them.
Whichever side they sat on, the arm closest to the head would encircle the head making sure that their elbow was on the floor. Their other arm would then come across the belly and trapped under the armpit. Shoulder hold is very similar but the arm across the belly would now be pushed over their opponents face and secured by their head.
Some of these students are young so the technique is kept as basic as possible to help the children learn.
I got a couple of the students to come to the centre of the class and demonstrate what they have been learning and then asked the rest of the class if they could find any mistakes.
The junior class went over what they practiced last month, a rear choke. The reason why it’s 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. They then followed the same take down as the Infant class.
We performed some kneeling and standing grappling together but asked all the juniors not to perform any strangles onto the young Infants.
We look forward to having the children’s gradings next month, scheduled for Friday 21st March 2015 before we break up for Easter holidays. Next month we will be honing our skills to make sure everything is just right. Then on Friday 28th March will be fun lesson and grading presentations when mums and dads can watch their child/children receiving their new belts…
The Children’s Championships are fast approaching and are being held on Sunday The 17th March 2015 when we will see who will be the next British Champion in their weight category! The Championships will take place at the Breckland Leisure Centre & Water world, Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1JD
I look forward to seeing all those that can attend and remember – You have to be in it to win it…