Congratulations to Joe busby from the Infant class and Chloe Gilbert from the Junior class receiving student of the month for February 2015. Well done to you both, brilliant work this month!
I arrived at The Bishops School and was very keen to display to all the students our new matted area that we had for training. The children started to arrive from there classes with parents and were happy to see the new mats…
We got everyone onto the mat to start line-up, immediately going into a warm-up game before starting breakfalls; a quick sip of water then started the lesson off with relay races and a mixed it up with different exercises.
The Infants practiced what we went over last month, which was an escape form the mounted position.
One student would lie down whilst the other would sit straddling with hands on their shoulders. The student lying down would trap their partner’s arm and leg on one side and perform a pelvic trust in the same direction that the arms were trapped thus escaping from that position.
The next technique they practiced would be a take down, standing opposite each other, one side to go first. Having one leg further in front than the other they would lower their centre of gravity and thrust forward onto their leading knee. The main aim was to land in-between their partner’s legs. They would then secure their legs by grabbing behind the knees and continue thrusting forward causing their partners to go backwards.
As they practiced breakfalls every lesson, they had no problem breaking there fall when been pushed back. The rest of the month the Infants practiced this technique but finished off with a couple of pins. The pins they were practicing would be a Scarf hold and Shoulder hold, both being very similar. One person would lie on their back whilst the other person would sit on their bottom near their armpit with their back to them. Whichever side they sat on, the arm closest to the head would encircle the head making sure that their elbow was on the floor.
Their other arm would then come across the belly and trapped under the armpit. Shoulder hold is very similar but the arm across the belly would now be pushed over their opponents face and secured by their head.
Some of these students are only four so the technique is kept as basic as possible to help the children learn. All these techniques have been repeatedly practiced and were made a little easier by making a game with it. The idea of the game was to perform the technique once tagged; we would start off with the first technique and working our way to the last.
The junior class began with relay races but mixing it up with a variety of different exercises from wheelbarrow races to piggyback rides. A little more exciting and ensures it works different parts of the muscle groups.
During the month the juniors performed the same take down as the Infants but then moved onto learning some strangles from the mounted position. They were paired in to groups, one lying down and the other sitting straddling the other. The student sitting on top would perform all the strangles. These strangles were called “Fingers, Thumbs, Fingers & Thumbs, Collar and Bar”. It would start with placing your arm across your opponents neck and place your fingers inside your opponents collar with the thumb on the outside; the other hand would do the same thing but to the other side. With the fingers deep inside the collars you would then pull your elbows out causing it to tighten around the neck. Fingers are exactly the same but placing your thumbs inside the collar and fingers on the outside. With fingers and thumbs it was a combination of the two…
Collar and bar choke was very similar, this time placing your arm across the neck, thumb inside the collar; the other hand would hold onto the opposite lapel lower down and pull tight, causing the collar to tighten. The other arm that was holding onto the lapel would then drop the elbow towards the floor causing a choke on the neck. These strangles were practiced the same way as the Infant class by incorporating the same game. I demonstrated to the class another position that the fingers strangle would work well from before sending them away to practice, I then moved around the class and helped where needed.
The Teenagers had a little fun this month by changing the breakfalls and getting maximum repetitions. We started with one forward roll on the first rotation and kept on adding until we could max out with the distance that we had. From there we would perform a forward roll into a side breakfall, and then repeat it on the opposite side. Next, Front breakfall into a forward roll and repeat as many times as necessary. Last, was back breakfall, which they would keep rolling backwards over the shoulder to stand and repeat. At times they would get a little dizzy but really helped with the repetition.
During the month the Teenagers worked on Syllabus, Stevie Leigh Malkinson and Chloe Gilbert worked hard together to get their basics right. Linden Turner and Courteney Shannon worked on their straight baton work. Courteney seems a little worried about some of the techniques but I assured her that they’re not as bad as she thinks…
The children’s gradings will take place at the dojo next month on Wednesday 11th March 2015. With all the practicing we’ve being doing I think that everyone will do just fine…
If everything goes well with the gradings we look forward to our fun lesson when all students are rewarded with games, leading straight onto presentations when mums and dads can come along and watch their child/children receive their new belt and certificate.
We have the Children’s Championships coming up on Sunday 17th May 2015 at the Breckland Leisure Centre & Waterworld,
I look forward to seeing all those that can make…