Big Judo's city kids started work again this week. We are now in our new venue in St Martin's Church at the corner of Sandringham and Taumata Road. We have a nice big mat area and plenty of space. It is a great venue.
Jordan, Geoff and Ben moved the mats over the holidays and even Sensai - Rick Littlewood came down and helped out.
|Here is a picture of Jordan gluing non-slip onto the mats. Rick is the older gentleman holding the paint brush. Rick taught Jordan's Dad, Ben and Jordan their Judo and it was great that he came down.|
|Another photo of Rick and his dog. Nothing to do with Judo I just like the fact that Rick has a funny little dog.|
Beginners Class 1-2pm
The one o'clock beginners class went well. We had a good turnout and the class was a nice opportunity to get used to the new venue. We are really pleased with the size of the new venue and with how light and airy it is. And there is even plenty of space for parents.
Junior Class 2-3pmThe junior class also went well. We had plenty of kids and worked hard getting them ready for the competition in June.
|Ben and Jordan demonstrating and discussing technique.|
|Another key aspect of the Kosen style is transitioning from standing to ground fighting or vice-versa. |
Even at this age we work hard to teach the kids how to follow through from a standing position against someone that is on the ground.
In this drill a standing player races to turnover and hold down a player on all fours. This simulates a situation in which a throw or take-down has failed but one person has fallen on their hands and knees.
Tough place to be but the person standing needs to be quick to capitalise on the advantage and the person on the ground needs to learn get out of this position.
|In the first photo we were working from the rear of the 'disadvantaged' player. In this drill we work the other way i.e. over the prone player's head and shoulders.|
Drilling transitions like this has worked very well for our kids in competition.