Todays session started with 45 minutes of circuit training with the aim of building speed power co-ordination and flexibility. A full hour of technique followed with Fitzroy Davis coach to former world and european champion Craig Fallon. The technique of the day was Tai O Toshi and how the technique differs in a competition scenario as apposed to how it would be demonstrated as part of a syllabus. Concentrating on foot placement and ensuring weight was not distributed unevenly on one leg alone. Hand rotation and throw completion were also looked at together with a little drill in to Juji Gatame armlock and which arm to put inbetween our partners. It was agreed that the arm nearest the partners head would go in to aid with transition to hold downs etc if the partners grip could not be broken to obtain the armlock. To finish the team spent a further 60 minutes doing throwing techniques on the crash mats. We usually do randori during this hour but today I decided that we would get more benefit from the throwing on the crash mats. A couple of the lads had also picked up slight injuries so it was best not to aggrevate them further especially at such an early point in to the course. Tomorrow we have another 3 hour technical session, discussion time and an opportunity to up date their NVQ portfolios.
October 8, 2008