Sunday afternoons always see the biggest crowds but our Tuesday and Friday training sessions are starting to gain traction too. Since we moved into Muayfit DP at the beginning of the month, we've had an average of 10 people or so for our Tues/Fri trainings.
Today, we had three people who had to cancel in the last minute but we still had a nice group of 11 people on the mat.
We started off with yoko-tomoe-nage. I began by explaining why yoko-tomoe was more effective in competition compared to the traditional version. Then I showed the entry. Many of the players managed to pick it up quite fast, which was impressive.
Next, I taught them how to tip uke over to the side. I had them do drills on that from a "lying down" position so it was very static. The reason is I wanted them to focus exclusively on the "tipping over" action rather than be distracted by the entry and falling into the right position etc.
When they got the tipping over bit down, I had them do nagekomi where they did the full action. After 45 minutes of tomoe-nage training, most of them had a working version of it.
Next, we worked on the trap choke. They all managed to learn it very quickly so I showed them two variations. One was what I called the "Matsumoto" version because it involved flattening out uke and climbing across uke's back to get into the position you want, which is reminiscent of the Matsumoto Roll.
The other version I taught was one where you use both of your legs to push hard against uke while maintaining the trap choke. There is no roll involved in this version.
By the time we finished the technical bits it was already 10.30pm. We extended the training by another 30 minutes so we could do a bit of randori before we ended.