This month begins with a huge “well done” to Katherine Matheson on becoming the Student of The Month for March. Throughout the last four weeks, this young lady has given 100% in everything she has done. Her striking work has come on leaps and bounds, and her ground game is giving many bigger and stronger opponents cause for concern.
March has been an outstanding month for the club. First of all, a squad from the dojo attended a specialist striking seminar with British Muay Thai Champion, Norrie Mackenzie, who helped us tighten up our punches, kicks and knees. This was both fun and informative, and we have brought a lot of our learning back to the mat, adapting techniques to make them our own.
Over the last few weeks we have been focussing on mixing up our strikes with traditional grappling techniques, using punches and kicks to close the distance in order to take the balance and execute a throw or submission technique.
This in turn has led us to focus on conditioning work, and March ended with our traditional “Beast” session – two hours of cardio based exercises, all revolving around strikes and throws.
The class began with a revolving set of press ups – sit ups – squats – burpees, moving from sets of five, to ten, to twenties. There were plenty of puffed faces at the end of that, but it was straight into pad work, forcing an opponent’s guard high with a jab-reverse combo, ready to execute a turning kick into the ribs. The session finished with thirty minutes of continuous ground grappling.
Finally, on Saturday 11th April, we will be hosting a dedicated submission seminar at Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway. The seminar is open to all abilities and this will be a great opportunity to learn the basics of groundwork and submission. Entry is £20 and the seminar will run from 1000-1400hrs.
It only leaves be so say Domo Aragato. Until next month.
Sensei Martin Adil-Smith