Student of the month for March 2015 was awarded to Aengus Sullivan for working continuously hard in every lesson and helping his fellow students.
I would like to welcome along to the class Harry and Alisha Offord who are both getting use to the classes and fitting in well with their fellow friends.
At the beginning of March we started off with relay races, teamed up to make an even number in each group they all performed a variety of different physical activities. These could be press-ups, sit-ups, star jumps, forward rolls or lots of different exercises. They all have a competitive streak in them and want to beat their teams. During this lesson Greta Fagher forgot her uniform and was desperately trying to find herself some PE kit to get changed into, unfortunately Greta was unsuccessful in her attempt but carried on with the clothes that she had – well done Greta.
Over the next couple of weeks the children worked hard on a variety of techniques. The younger students practiced a bridge, take down and then a take down into a couple of different pins. The Juniors were more advanced and able to do a variety of different strangles from the mounted position and behind their opponent. We also added a take down into a hold, strangle or arm bar. Finley Holloway and Megan Clements worked exceptionally hard together and were not afraid to have a little rough and tumble.
The last two lessons of the month were set for the children’s gradings and presentations week. The children finished their school classes and got changed as quick as they could. We started the exam off with technical questions about their club, and then tested the class on line-up and the formalities of the class. We swiftly moved onto a warm-up before going into their fitness tests. Each child is tested on their ability within their age groups and belt colours. I gave them a set amount for each belt but gave them the option of caring onto the maximum if they wanted to. As expected most of the class wanted to do more.
The grading went really well for most but unfortunately a few were unsuccessful on that particular day. They reattempted the following week and gave a hundred and ten per cent effort to successfully pass. After the reattempt of those few we had a few games as a reward for all their hard work. After games we concluded with presentations when the children could walk out to the front of the class and receive their new belt and certificates.
I would to say a massive well done to Megan Clements for her sustained efforts. Despite feeling very unwell she was brave enough to withstand her discomfort until receiving her new belt. “WELL DONE MEGAN”
With the children having Easter break now I will not see you all for a couple of weeks and hope you have a lovely time if you are planning to go away…
We have the Children’s Championships 17th May 2015 held in Thetford, Norfolk this year. Put this date into your diaries now; it will truly be a great event. If you want more details, please don’t hesitate to contact me when we return from the Easter break.