Congratulations to Austin Smith (Infant class) Natalie Holmes (Junior class) on receiving Student of the Month for May 2015. Well done to the both of you!
The first lesson of the month the Infant class practiced some self-defence techniques. We started off with a bear hug from behind but not securing the arms. After a few demonstrations from myself they went off in groups to practice. By securing the arm they would manoeuvre themselves behind to perform a shoulder arm lock. They picked this up really easy, so after a few repetitions we moved onto another; this time a bear hug from behind but securing the arms. Breaking the hold stepping to the side and body drop throw our partner. This was a throw we have being practicing last month. The remainder of the lesson we partnered up to practice stand up grappling. There were some fantastic throws and takedowns, finishing off with pins to the floor. A really good lesson by the Infant class.
The second week of the month, the Infant class started with their basic breakfalls and then moved on to a defence from a bear hug at the front; with the children all practicing on myself they quickly grasped the technique to practice a little more with each other. As we had the championships on Sunday 17th May we went over any last technicalities needed before having rounds of stand up grappling with each other. The children really wanted to practice grappling with blindfolds, so with ten minutes left we had a couple of rounds.
The third week of the month we concentrated on techniques that we had been learning during the first two weeks, we then added another escape over the arms from the front. With a little practice we made the technique a little more interesting be creating a game which helps with the repetition.
The last lesson of the month fell on school half term so many were away but Oscar Robinson and Austin Smith still arrived for training. We were at the new venue (Robert Kett Junior School) whilst the leisure centre is being refurbished. During the lesson Oscar and Austin paired up with Billie-Jo Shannon and Katie-Lee Shannon and went through escapes from a grab from the front and one to the rear. Both boys performed great so we made it a little more exciting by creating a game from the technique.
The Junior class started the month off with a similar technique, a defence over the arms from the rear. They would have to break the hold, step to the side, perform a couple of strikes, body drop their partner to the floor and execute with a strike finish. There were some fantastic examples.
We swiftly moved onto some hip throws, a good revision for some and a whole new technique for others. We then finished off the lesson with multiple rounds of stand up grappling, great controlled aggression by Ruby Keymer, well done!
The second week of the month, the Junior class practiced trying to get through their partners stiff arms when practicing stand up grappling, something that most find quite difficult. After demonstrating I helped around the class. We then continued practicing stand-up grappling to get as much practice in as possible. Near the end of the lesson we opted for something a little different, in pairs one side would get blind folded whilst allowing the other side to move safely around the mat, quite difficult but great fun.
During the third week of the month, the Junior class stared learning a defence from a grab to the chest and turning it into a wristlock. Going in stages we concentrated on the fundamentals of the lock and explained how it works and safety with performing this technique. We then took our attention to hip throw, for some this was just revision, so I partnered up the more experienced students to help the least experience.
The last lesson of the month the Junior class had to share the same matted area with the teenagers and adults, as we were limited to the times available whilst refurbishment is being done. With everyone performing the same warm-up and breakfalls I partitioned the mats so the teenagers and adults could get on with their syllabus and for the Junior class to go through techniques with me. We worked on similar techniques to the Infant class but added some more strikes to finish off.
On the 17th May 2015, we had the British Championships and everyone was super excited for the day! The arena was all set up over the weekend and with all the referees arriving early Sunday morning for a quick briefing.
Young Ellen Ann Hallam and Austin Smith entered into the Infant category. Ellen performed fantastic and was ranked British Champion within her weight division. Well-done Ellen.
Austin also performed fantastic and even though he was in the heavier weight category, never gave up with his pursuit to win. Austin didn’t quite make the top three rankings but only narrowly missing out Great effort Austin, well-done!
In the Junior category, Louis Ocal performed fantastic and was ranked 2nd place British Champion in his weight division. Congratulation Louis!
Well-done Daryl Dixon, Noah Lebidineuse and Rubie Keymer who also entered but unfortunately didn’t quite make the top three rankings but only marginally missed out. The competitive streak of each student has increased immensely even since last year’s competition. Well-done to all of you, it makes me really proud of you! Next year will be better, with more experience you really will be on the podium next time around.
Next month we will be concentrating on our techniques for the gradings that will take place in early July.