The start of the month brought in the new Student of the Month, which was awarded to Lexi Wright for the infants and Daniella Lopez for the juniors. Well done to the pair of you – you have both done extremely well to deserve this award!
We had another award this month, as we had the Ishin Ryu family fun day in November and all students went away to raise as much money as possible for our Charity “Scotty’s Little Soldiers”. Two particular children had done fantastically well in raising as much money as possible, so I decided to get a trophy with their names and the event engraved into it. These special awards went to Taylor Wilson from the infants and Lauren Godfrey from the juniors. After the lesson had finished it was very nice to have great compliments from the parents on what they had received, but to me was totally justified in the amount of work that they had done to raise the money.
Quite a few of the infant grades at the Bishops Dojo are novice grades, so basic technique drilling was needed – little things, like how they enter the dojo, how they bow on and off of the mats, the line-up to start and end the class in a traditional manor, basic break falls and etiquette. As well as all of this, we were also able to progress onto doing a basic throw – a Major Outer Reap. With all the practice we had been doing in January, the children were able to successfully do this technique with ease. Also in the infant grades, we have two senior belts going for their white/brown belt. These two young ladies Katie-Lee Shannon and Kimberley Simmonds have already progressed through some of these throws so I was able to chuck a lot more techniques in their way. They were required to demonstrate Major Outer Reap, Inside Hock, Reclining Leg, and the big one – Hip Throw, with a lot of other ground techniques they had been practicing over their time in the club.
Juniors over the month of February have practiced many throws, Major Outer Reap, Inside Hock, Reclining Leg, Hip Throw, and Shoulder Throw. With some of the throwing techniques, I improvised using their own belts like tracks… So partnered up, one person would pull their partner down the mats whilst the other one slightly resisted, then in their own time they would initiate Major Outer Reap. The principle of this technique was to get used to learning the points of where to break your partner’s balance (push/pull theory). This was great fun and thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Towards the end of the month, we introduced a game of Sumo at the end of the lesson. This involved a ring made outs of belts with the idea being to try to push your partner out of the ring, helping the learning of that push/pull theory. The winner stayed on! This was also great fun and a great learning technique for balancing.
February has been a fantastic month with all students working extremely hard leading up to their gradings in March. I would like to wish everyone good luck with only one weeks training in March, then gradings…
I look forward to telling you all about it at the end of month to see who has passed, although as we know, there is no guarantee with an Ishin Ryu grading!