During the month of September we worked on throws, fitness games, kneeling and standing grappling.
We continued with the throw we worked on last month “Body drop,” also known as “Tai-otoshi,” which is a hand throw. To help the children get their footwork right I started off slowly from one side and guided them through the throwing technique. I demonstrated the technique before pairing them up to go away and practice. I moved around to ensure they were all happy with what they had to do. The other throw that we practiced in the month was ”Knee wheel,” following the same footsteps as Body drop I guided them through. To make the throw a lot more interesting we practiced with a game. One student at a time would be the tag and run around the mat and try catch the other students, once caught you would stand still with your arms out and your legs shoulder width apart. The remaining students would try and fee the stuck students by crawling through the legs from behind, standing up, touch hands and perform one of the two throwing techniques we practiced. By doing it this way it makes it more interesting for the student and helps with co-ordination, speed, reflexes, fitness and enjoyment.
To work on the student’s fitness and speed they paired up facing each other at opposite ends of the mat. One side going first, they ran to their partner as fast as they could, performed a throw, ran back to their starting position before repeating the process. They had sixty seconds to try and complete as many as possible. The person being thrown counted the throws and if they were not performed correctly did not count. Once one side had completed their sixty seconds the other side repeated that process.
After these activities I placed them against each other to see if they could initiate the throw whilst there is resistance, randomly changing so they learn to practice with different sizes and weights…
The teenagers and adults worked on fitness and syllabus. Well done to Linnet who is progressing really well; practicing her rolls, breakfalls and throwing techniques. Linnet comes from a martial arts background and is comfortable with whatever she is doing and not afraid to get stuck in and get a little sweaty when needed. Joshua Ciannarella will be attempting his yellow and has been going through is baton work with Sonny Clarke from the teenagers. Although Sonny is only thirteen, he is growing fast and now somewhat bigger than myself so is quite able to practice with the adults. Sonny enjoys working on his baton work and brings lots of smiles to the classes.
Andrew Holmes who moved up from the Juniors some time ago has settled really well and shows regular attendance. Andrew is the smallest student in the class but does not let that deter him, he is getting stronger each week and working hard on his fitness.
Next month we will start working students stand-up abilities to try implement throws when a partner is resisting.