Welcome back everyone; I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year.
This term at Manor Lodge the children have been busy working towards their grading and have worked hard to improve their grappling skills. The first half term has proven to be very successful. All the students have returned fresh and ready to learn. I would like to say well done to Lucas Yates for being presented the student of the month award. Well done Lucas, keep up the good work.
I would like to welcome a new instructor to Manor Lodge, Sempai Lou. She will assist me to teach all the afternoon classes. It’s great to have her support and I know that she will be an excellent instructor. I can’t wait to see you teach Sempai.
Year One has worked hard on getting to grips with some basic techniques. They have practised break falls regularly in preparation for when the class begin to learn to throw. In addition to this they have worked hard on getting their fighting stances correct as well as some basic punches and kicks.
Year Two has begun to learn ground holds. These are primarily used in grappling and enable the student to pin their opponent to the floor whilst also giving them lots of different options for locks or chokes. We have concentrated primarily on escaping the guard. This basic but excellent technique is good to have in anyone’s arsenal. The children have also dipped their toes into throwing. They enjoy executing the exciting throws and are very keen to do more.
Year Three has worked tirelessly to learn some new advanced grappling techniques. They have learnt to escape the guard and to counter arm bars. At the end of each lesson they have put these new skills to the test in several bouts of grappling and have done magnificently.
Year Four have been training very hard on their take downs, in a very short period of time they have grasped the technique of the reclining leg throw. The knowledge and technique of these two throws will make it significantly easier to learn more advanced throws, which have similar styles.
Year Five has trained extremely well this past month. They have been taught two new throws, half shoulder and full shoulder. Both these throws are similar in practise to the hip throw but can be a lot faster and are also more controlled. At the end of each class the students have attempted stand up grappling. This has enabled them to try out these new techniques and the students have found this incredibly fun.
Year Six has also been learning a new throw; the reverse dropping body drop. This throw is exceptionally advanced and appears in the adult purple belt syllabus. It’s a very quick throw and needs to be technically perfect. The students have recognised this and have trained with excellent enthusiasm to try and perfect this technique. As a result, at the end of each class they have taken the opportunity to practise lots of their new throws. The class have also enjoyed grappling sessions giving them an opportunity to practise their new skills.