On the 9th July 2016, students from the Hopton School Dojo participated in their School Fete. The day was forecasted for rain but I knew that wouldn’t be damping the spirits; fortunately, we were able to secure the village hall for their demonstration which was adjacent to the field that originally we were to do the demonstration.
I arrived at location to find stallholders setting up for the day’s activities. The school had lots of activities, parents selling their wares; soak the head teacher with a sponge, which has taken place on previous years unfortunately, didn’t happen this year – maybe the head teacher wanted a break this year and perhaps fed up with being a bit slimy.
There was a bouncy castle, plate smashing, archery for children and lots, lots more. A great aroma from the barbeque which had been fired up for everyone to get their taste buds into.
We were first on the list for the children to demonstrate their Jiu Jitsu skills so I gathered up everyone 15–20 minutes beforehand for a quick practice. As it started raining outside it was perfect as most cane into the village hall to keep dry. All lined up at the side of the mat and ready to go, a big bow from me, signalled them all to return the bow and come onto the matted area. The children all lined up to demonstrate to everyone how we start our lessons.
Time for warm-up, around the mat everyone started running; we finished our warm-up before demonstrating breakfalls. As we were performing, we started adding obstacles in the way of the student’s forward rolls. Each time I would place a kick shield onto the floor and asking them to forward roll over it, as the last person rolled over I added another kick shield and continued that format until we reached the height of five! This may not seem a lot but when that’s over some of the younger student’s waistline, you can place in to perspective how difficult it can be. The children got a loud applause before moving onto picking up objects to demonstrate their hand eye coordination.
The next stage was to demonstrate their throwing ability and ground hold techniques, one side going first before swapping over. Whilst the children were demonstrating to parents you could see their eyes light up and smiling away in amazement.
I got the children paired up in twos and explained to the parents about the next stage, “grappling,” a period that you will try put everything that you have learnt into practice and try throw and pin your partner to the floor and use a lock or strangle to submit your partner. After a quick talk, they engaged with each other, again looking around and seeing lots of smiles.
Not long after a few rounds of grappling the demonstration had finished. A quick line-up at the top of the matted area so the children could give a quick bow and receive a big round of applause from everyone! Well done everyone, very proud of you all for another fantastic effort
I would like to thank all those students that participated and turned up to show your support! I hope you all have a fantastic summer and look forward to seeing you all once you return in September.
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