I was going to write a small article directly after launch night, but after a quick chat with Leighann I realised that there were some things I needed to think over. As we are a new club things will need to be tweaked as we establish ourselves…
The first thing I needed to consider was the amount of people I can have at the club with the current equipment, especially the amount of mats I currently own, we only had 6 students on opening night and we were occasionally almost clashing into one another. I think the solution to this is having 4 mats per pair, having each set of four in opposite colour to the next 4 and making sure that each pair stick to their 4 mats and be very aware of spacing, after all, spacial awareness is a massive part of learning to control yourself especially in a self defence situation. This will allow for 10 students in total and as I accidentally said that 11 could come to the launch lesson (one having to pair up with Leighann making it 12 on the mats), I was quite lucky that not everyone could come as we wouldn’t have had enough space for everyone to train. The good news is though, that when I can expand, there is definitely enough room for double the amount of mats and students in the hall, it won’t be for quite some time, but we have something to aim for.
The second thing that I needed to ponder, was the 2nd lesson, the “reflex development lesson”, which was originally, and is still going to be a class for advanced students to do reflex development and combat simulation, but seeing as we didn’t have any advanced students yet, I thought I would make use of it for the beginner students if anyone wanted to stay on and practise, I ran the first 1.5 hour session at quite an intense pace for everyone and I feel that it was good to end when we did, we did what needed doing and we had enough time for everyone to experience each variation, and seeing as we will be doing each lesson 3 times with each run through of the syllabus, I’m not sure we need a Reflex Development lesson for Grade 0 students. Everyone had trained for long enough and was ready to go home after 1.5 hours, so I think the first lesson ended at the right time, I’m going to cut the final hour off until we need it for the advanced class as originally planned.
The last thing that came to me after considering how the first lesson went and how things were going to be through the course of the syllabus, was something that I’ve had in the back of my mind, but hadn’t completely figured out or committed too until seeing how things will work more clearly, but I have now decided to make the third time through each lesson the grading for that lesson, for example; We have just done the punch defences and trap and roll escape lesson, which is lesson 1, we will do it again on week 7, and then the final time and grading for that lesson will be on week 13, which means members students will be demonstrating what they have learnt and will get their grading book updated if they have met the required level of competence to grade, this will be a formal, but fun way to achieve the grade.
If anyone has any questions about this, please get in contact and we will discuss it further.