The Infant Class at St Benedict’s were excellent in their recent gradings. All of the students showed tremendous spirit and technique as they were put through their paces by their instructor. Their grading began with a warm up which was also an opportunity to test the students’ ability at breakfalling. The students lined-up in grade order to perform all of their breakfalls whilst being watched carefully and every student passed this quick test perfectly. After the breakfalls, all students were partnered together to begin the technical part of their grading.
The key moves that the students were tested on were all part of their ground work. The first of these is the Scarf Hold. This is the most basic hold-down position and once again all the students knew this technique inside out. The next techniques were the Side Control and the Side Four Quarters. These are excellent for use during grappling to control the opponent and if done correctly can lead to tap-outs. The students knew these techniques perfectly and at this point it was going to be up to their spirit and physical strength to ensure they passed.
Finally the students were pushed to their limits through several bouts of grappling, sets of push-ups, sit-ups, leg-raises and burpees. I have to say that Paul Benson really did himself proud. As one of our senior grades, Paul was always the first to complete fitness tests and techniques. All of the students worked up a sweat and fought hard in order to keep going and earn their next belts, which I’m proud to report they all did. I would just like to congratulate the whole class on such an impressive grading and especially say a big ‘well done’ to our new recruits that join us at the beginning of term. This was their first grading and they all done very well.
The Junior Class at St Benedict’s School have shown that the commitment to their training really does pay off with an exceptional grading! The students began their grading with a long warm-up. This began with jogging around the dojo relaxing all of the students’ joints and then we got straight into the first part of the grading exam – the breakfalls. The students had to line-up in grade order and then began demonstrating each of the breakfalls they knew to the Sensei.
This already demonstrated the extent of the students’ technical knowledge as they all executed their breakfalls exceptionally. Angelica Lawson demonstrated a perfect breakfall with a great OSU!!! The next part of the warm-up had the gas turned up a little as the students partnered-up for several sets of throws and press-ups. After a quick water break the students were ready for the more technical aspect of their gradings. Daniel Clifford performed some exceptional throws on his partner during the grading which was great to see.
The students were being tested on two key throws. The first of these throws is the Dropping Reverse Body Drop; this is a very difficult throw that is found in the Adults’ Purple Belt Syllabus. All of the children were able to perform this technique excellently and after several demonstrations, very few mistakes were found.
The next technique was the Reclining Leg Throw, a fast throw that requires the Uke (person having the technique performed on them) to perform a back breakfall. Once again the class showed that they had trained hard leading up to the grading and were all prepared excellently. I would also like to say well done to Thomas Gordon – he pulled of a perfect Dropping Reverse Body Drop, which stunned Sempai Tom.
The final part of the grading was a lot harder physically, the students continued working with their partners and began several bout of stand-up grappling. Not only is this physically tiring but requires a lot of mental strength to keep fighting and to not give in. Clearly the students were prepared and had been training hard as they all outperformed expectations. Needless to say but all the students passed and will receive their next belt. Congratulations to everyone keep up the hard work!!