Hello again and welcome to February’s monthly report, Firstly I would like to say massive congratulations to Linnden Turner who successfully re-attempted his orange belt by traveling to Honbu to be re-graded. Well done Linnden – you have made everyone so proud. Onwards and upwards. Osu!
I found that January started off slow so decided to keep the student of the month the same for February; well-done to Matthew Blackaller (Infant) and Emma Akhaei (Junior) receiving student of the month for February 2016 both have continued to work hard every lesson.
At the beginning of the month the infant class had fun performing relay races with training equipment. Some of the young boys and girls had great fun trying to pick up some of this equipment even though struggling sometimes carried on regardless. The junior class loves having a go at “Sumo,” the thrill of trying to push one another out of a ring – nice to see those competitive streaks.
The teenager class worked on bag work, striking, kneeing and kicking and got a really good sweat on!
February was just as productive as January but with a lot more advancement with the students techniques. This month the students have been practicing balance breaking, bridging, hip switches, hip escapes, shrimping, bridging with a partner and escaping when someone has got you in the full mounted position to follow it up with a hold down.
During each lesson we have been making advancements with the children’s hip exercises with some of the children needing a little more help than others. However even in the little advancements that they make, they are developing muscle groups that they were not use to using before. We have multiple changes of partners as some are a little heavier than others and to mix everything up. I like to get the students to practice on me so that they truly do have to use technique rather than strength.
With all the children learning each part they were able to combine it together. This has taken many weeks but as each week goes on they learn a little more and get more proficient at it. We have also been doing lots of grappling to see if what we have been learning has truly paid off. Would they be able to make space when been pinned down, would they be able to use their hips properly when trying to turn their partner over? Its been some really good weeks and the time has now come to see if they can put it to practice when we have the gradings next month.
Next month we look forward the children’s gradings when the students have to perform the techniques that they been learning over the past few months. If successful, they will have presentations the following week when parents, families, friends can take photos of their son/daughter receiving their new belt and certificate.
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Del Shannon Sensei