Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Kid's class

WOW! Those little kids are doing GREAT in judo. I don't think I've ever had so much fun in Judo as when I'm working with those 4-6 year olds.
Today we warmed up with laterals and ROM and stretching then did logrolls, lowcrawl, inchworm, and shrimping. We worked on backfalls with spotters holding hands and cueing them to "put your booty down first." Then we had adult spotters do teguruma to the kids so that they could practice being turned over and slapping (cue: "slap the ground harder than it slaps you.").
For randori we did kneeling knockdown and standing toestomp randori. The techniques of the day were kneeling kubinage into kesagatame and standing deashi. The cues were "put your booty down first" for uke and "hold both hands till he's on the ground" for tori. The standing deashi was the most remarkable because with consistent cueing they got it PERFECT! Deashi harai done safely and consistently correct by 5 year olds!
They must have an awesome teacher or something ;-)

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