Congratulations to Oliver Gower (Infant class) and Rubie Keymer (Junior class) on receiving Student of the Month for April 2015. Oliver and Rubie have made great progress with their Ju Jitsu skills.
At the beginning of April the Infant class began work on hip throw, also known as Ogoshi in Japanese. We made a start at getting the children to get footwork correct and be able to turn into the correct position. With the aid of a crash mat we started throwing near the end of the lesson with a good few attempts… We then finished off the lesson with some relay races to get the blood pumping.
The junior class made headway with their throwing techniques by using belts, similar to the Infants, to aid correct footwork. During the lesson we had the crash mat, so got the children to commit a lot more effort into the throw knowing that their partners would safely land on a nice squidgy mat. They started making great progress with these so we paired them together to implement with stand up grappling.
The following couple of weeks I changed the throw in the Infant class and started doing body drop throw (Tai-otoshi) as I felt that the children would be more comfortable. Using belts on the floor as aids they quickly adapted themselves. By the end of the lesson we were performing relay races with the body drop throw. The junior class moved a little further and were now able to add an arm bar into the equation as a finisher.
The last lesson I decided to give them a rest from body drop and work on some groundwork. The infant class worked on a little bit of resistance training using each other. The idea was to push your partner in the direction that they were resisting.
Both classes finished off with blind folded grappling; this is a great test and really makes you work hard to get your partner into a hold. Both classes really enjoyed this and are pretty sure we will do again.
Next month we have the British Championships held in Thetford, Norfolk when we will see who will be the champion in their weight category. I would like to wish you all the very best of luck and see those nice shiny medals around your neck next month. Please remember if you wish to enter, all entry forms will need to be handed in no later than the 9th May 2015.
Next month we also have the closure of Wymondham Leisure centre due to refurbishments. As you are aware we will be relocating to:
Robert Kett Junior School,
Norfolk, NR18 0LS
Tuesday 26th May will be our first session at Robert Kett School, hopefully it will only be just through the summer holidays and not have too much of a knock on effect to your lives.