Stage two of the warm up, a light jog around and some people REALLY desperate to share their love. Have you ever seen men so willing to embrace each other?
Then the class proper. Tuesday was all about shooting- ie. how you get from standing position to a position at your opponent’s legs to take them down. This is the first stage, although we’d done some basic working through the technique of the shot before this, we were still introducing the technique here, but correcting some of the common errors, in this case not following through the opponent.
This is the next stage, the actual takedown along with a bit of correction on the shot involving the tendency not to level change. The usual reason for this is a lack of flexibility and/or strength in the legs and lower back, although this comes over time.
Next we worked into a slightly more difficult finish, and emphasised the importance of turning the corner on the takedown to change the angle. This time the partner is half sprawling or defending the takedown. We’re still only drilling here so the resistance is light.
And lastly, the drill itself. This is the isolation stage where our partner begins to resist the technique, starting from a low level of resistance and working his way up to almost maximum resistance. This is the most important drill of the night as it’s here that we start to ask questions of the technique and hopefully self correct.