Congratulations to Joshua Clubb from the Infants, and Katie-Lee Shannon from the Junior’s who have been awarded Student of the Month for November 2014.
We started November off with revision for their gradings, which were going to take place the following week on Tuesday 11th November 2014. During the lesson I implemented lots of games to make it fun and exciting as well as learning techniques. The game I predominately use is “Stuck in the mud,” one person will be the tag (normally starting with myself) and go around tagging students, once caught you would stand still (Stuck in the mud) and be freed by someone crawling through your legs, turn around, high ten each other before performing one of their techniques. I continued this as it was fun, exciting and got lots and lots of repetition of each of the technique.
During grading day the Infant and Junior classes both worked really well, performing their line-up, breakfalls, and techniques to a high standard. With lots of repetition, they were determined not to give up. By the end of the class gradings, I was very happy to congratulate both classes on the completion of their gradings!
The following week we had a games lesson as a reward for all those hard sessions leading up to the gradings. The Infant class had fun with stuck in the mud, bulldog, chain it, dodge ball, football and the shark game. The shark game consists of little islands (made up with hoops) the surrounding area being the water; all students would stand with their faces to the wall and their eyes covered. I would walk behind them at tap a few of the students on their shoulders to indicate that they were the sharks. Once I said go, they would run around, imagining they were swimming in the water, (Not knowing who was the shark) Once I shouted “SHARK,” the people that were touched on the shoulder would run around and tag as many people as possible; if you were not a shark you would try swim to safety by getting into the island. If caught you would become a shark; I would make the game slightly harder by removing some of the islands.
The Junior class had games of bulldog, dodge ball and ladders. Both classes thoroughly enjoy themselves before getting ready for presentations to receive their new belts.
The senior grade would call the class to line-up. One by one, once called they would come to the front and receive their new belt whilst being applauded by students, parents and family. The end of each presentation is then giving time for students to gather together and throw their old belts in the air in celebration!
The last week of the month, both classes had fun working on fitness relay races. This has been working on their speed, agility, strength and much more. After this we moved onto the press-up, a difficult task when you don’t have the arm and core strength to do. We started doing static holds to work on strength; they would hold for ten seconds, rest for five and then repeat the process. We performed this many times and then went onto the plank position to repeat the process. I gave both classes homework, which was to practice their press-ups. On a daily basis they would have to perform as many in one go without stopping, record the outcome and then repeat the process the following day. In a week’s time I would like to see if they have made a progression. We will find out…
The Teenagers and Adult class have been preparing themselves for their gradings. The Teenagers gradings will be on Saturday 6th December and the Adults, Saturday 13th December. This will be the end of year gradings. Andrew Holmes will be attempting his 8th Kyu (White) and Sonny Clarke will be attempting his 7th Kyu (Yellow)
Joshua Ciannarella will be attempting his 7th Kyu (Yellow) all three students have been practicing hard ensuring they all have the details right for the day; both gradings are very close and all are excited to partake in the day.
Linnet Bruce unfortunately is off at the moment due to an injured her shoulder. Hopefully with treatment, rest and recuperation, we will see her fighting fit in the New Year to start training again for the gradings next summer. This time next month, I look forward to showing you pictures of some nice new shiny belts wrapped around their waists.