|We got a room!|
It gets better - with all these mats, we needed somewhere to store them. Well, the school moved us to a different building from the old gym where we had been practicing and now we have a PERMANENT JUDO ROOM AT THE SCHOOL!
How awesome is this?
Are you sure he can talk?
Yes, I'm pretty sure he can but I've never heard him talk.
Now, here he is explaining to a new student how to do ippon seoi nage.
The picture below shows a couple of the young women teaching a new student. They could not be more different from the "mean girl" stereotype of middle school.
You can also see another new girl being taught some of the finer points by Jimmy Sanchez, another school staff member who assists with instruction.
One reason we need an adequate mat size is we have a 4:1 student-teacher ratio, with usually four adult instructors on the mat for 16 students.
There wasn't any point to this blog post today except that I am super-happy about our new facility and equipment. I just wanted to share these pictures with you all and thank everyone who made it happen, from the bottom of my heart.