Congratulations to Alby Barker from the Infant class and Toms Brass from the junior class receives Student of the month for February 2015. You have both shown great commitment to training and is very deserving of this award!
During the month of February I was delighted to have some new mats at the Wymondham dojo. This gave us an enormous space and gave great opportunity for the dojo to expand…
As soon as the children entered into the dojo you saw the amazement of the children’s faces that they had a lot more space to train. I was also asked a lot of questions why we had new mats…
I would like to welcome along to the class Samuel and Oliver Gower to the Infant class, both have settled into the class really well.
After the start of the lesson we quickly got into some relay races to utilise the space that we now had on the mats. We would run from one end of the mat to the other and perform a variety of physical exercises, breakfalls, forward rolls and lots of other activities to work on the children’s mobility.
With a quick water break after this lesson, I went into revision from what we learnt last Month. The Infant class had been learning an escape when being pinned by their partners. 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.
You could see that Samuel Gower was really enjoying what he was doing by the constant smiles on his face…the rest of the first lesson we had a little practice at doing some kneeling grappling to try achieving the techniques practiced in class.
We practiced this and their next techniques for the next few weeks which were taking your partner down from a standing position; in two’s they would stand 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 to each other and controlling their partners head and arm causing difficulty escaping… We tried these on both sides to see if they could co-ordinate themselves with moving to the other side.
The Infants have really progressed with these techniques, but I think was really helped with a game. The game that we played was stuck in the mud, once the catcher caught you, you could only be released by performing one of these techniques.
The junior class followed the same start as the Infant class but rather than doing an escape from the mount, we practiced some strangles from the mounted position and were paired in 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.
When they started practicing these techniques I moved around the mat and helped with any struggles before finishing the lesson off with some standing and kneeling grappling…
On the 17th of February it was Billie-Jo Shannon’s birthday so it was great to give Billie-Jo the bumps at the end of the lesson.
The Teenagers started the month off with their breakfalls and worked on their throwing abilities. With Sonny Clarke working towards his Orange belt and Andrew Holmes towards his White/red belt, it was great opportunity for Andrew to learn a few different throws. During half term it was a quite lesson so gave us great opportunity for Andrew to really perfect his ground holds, working steadily through each one; Andrew got a better understanding of the techniques so we moved onto others in the syllabus.
The next few weeks we split into pairs with Sonny Clarke and Joshua Ciannarella working on their baton work, whilst Linnet Bruce and Andrew Holmes partnered together.
Next month we look forward to the children taking their grading exams scheduled for Tuesday the 10th March. The grading will take place as normal at the dojo.
I’m sure you are aware and have seen the new plans and proposals for the Leisure centre which will make a massive impact to the centre and make it a more attractable centre to visit and perform activities in.
I will be emailing the relevant people at the beginning of March to find out further information. Hopefully they will not relocate us too far away.
We also have the Children’s Championship, which are scheduled for Sunday the 17th March 2015 and look forward to seeing all those that would like to participate.