Exciting times at the start of September as we introduced a new teenager class at the Bishops C of E School Dojo to follow the Junior class. This means that any student too old for the Junior class can remain in the same club. This was only possible by moving the class training nights from a Tuesday to a Wednesday. Fortunately all students were able to make the change without any conflict with any other outside activities.
Thank you to the parents for all your support and making this possible!
I would like to welcome along to the Junior class Stevie-Leigh Malkinson, Aurimas Prusaitis. They are both getting on really well and learning all the basics.
The Infant and Junior classes have been learning some throws, “Body drop and knee wheel,” and as each week goes on, they have progressively got better. After a quick recap on the throws, I asked them to perform ten of each of the throws to help aid in repetition. I made a big emphasis on partner control – once you have thrown your partner to the floor, keep hold of their sleeve and pull up enabling the person being thrown to land onto their left-hand side to perform a breakfall. Practicing this way it helps in the prevention of banging your head and winding yourself after landing on your back. We also had multiple games using these throwing techniques.
With the Infant students, I let them all have a go at throwing me, which builds their confidence and let’s me see that they have performed the technique to a good standard. The Juniors were able to advance a little more with this technique by adding a step over arm bar. We worked on all the technical aspects of the arm bar, making sure that the knees were pinched together, thumb pointing towards the ceiling… These were a few of the little technical details needed. The other big point that I always make when working together is “Safety,” because you are placing pressure onto the elbow, care must be taken so no damage is caused whilst practicing. Both classes also had lots of practice with standing and kneeling grappling to see if they could initiate these throws whilst there is resistance.
The Teenager class started with three students who have moved form the Junior class. With them all knowing how to perform breakfalls and knowing etiquette we did not need to go through all the preliminaries that are needed at the start of the lesson. During the month the teenagers were instructed on the kit that they would need, syllabus folders, syllabus sheets and equipment for their first belt to be acquired within the estimated six months they would be practicing.
We started their white belt syllabus working on stances, throws, and hold-downs. We also had a few rounds of kneeling and standing grappling, relay races to work on some fitness and added some fun by performing wheelbarrow races. September was great for the Bishops Dojo and had great positive feedback from all the new teenager class.
Next month I want to progress further with the Infant and Junior classes and will find out if the new teenagers have been practicing or not…