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My biggest fear and how I will overcome it.

Written by Sophie. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Basingstoke Judo Club - Throw, Tai Otoshi, Fear, Breakfalls, rolling, falling, tripDoing martial arts is difficult sometimes and you can end up doing something that is hard and scary for you but eventually you have to do it and over come it. Like for me, my fear is being thrown to the ground in Judo and sometimes getting hurt. But I have ways to overcome my fear.

One way of overcoming my fear is being able to break fall. Break falling will help me because it will make sure that I will prevent me from hurting myself more than I would without break falling. The stinging up my arms and legs is the sign that the break fall has stopped me from hurting myself badly. I have to make shore I keep my chin tucked in so that I don’t hit my head back onto the floor. This will also help because my hands will take all the shock of the fall as I hit the floor and this will make sure that the rest of me stay together without getting hurt. Break falling is just one way of overcoming my fear.

Another way of overcoming my fear is to trust the person that is throwing me. Trust is vital because you need to know that the person that you are working with is going to look after you and not hurt you. This will give me more confidence to do more without worrying about the worst that could happen to me while doing the thrown. This will also help me because I will know the people that I can trust and work with while leaving the ones I can’t trust who can’t work with me properly. Trust can help me improve my skills and not just my judo but karate as well. I will know the people I can work with and who I can’t. Trust will help me gain my confidence in people and my throws. Another way of overcoming my fear.

Third way of overcoming my fear is repetition. This will help me because I will get use to being thrown that it won’t bother me if I trip or get thrown to the ground really hard. This will also help me improve moves. Practice will help me work at moves I don’t have lots of confidence on. It will also get me used to break falling. Once I have mastered some moves I can start to move on to harder moves. Doing the move lots will help me because I will eventually become more confident and be able to get better and better at it and my fear will slowly go away.

All of these ways can help me get over my fear of being thrown to hard and getting hurt. Break falling will make sure I land safely without causing injury. Also trust in the person who is throwing you is vital because you need to know that the person who you are working with isn’t going to hurt you or throw you to hard. And finally repetition will help because it will get me used to being thrown and getting me used to break falling at the same time. I will also be improving my moves every time I practice. All these ways are going to help me get over my fear.

 By Sophie Pogmore


Martial Arts, is it just a physical skillset?

Written by Sophie. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Kids Martial Arts, Kids Karate, Kids Judo, Basingstoke, Kids Kung FuBlack Belt Research Project 2013 Introduction by Sophie Pogmore 

My Research Topic is 

a)      Learning a Martial Art is a physical skillset. What other things do we need to train and learn as a Martial Artist?

b)      What is your biggest fear as a Martial Artist, how are you working to overcome it?

c)      Everyone is different both physically but also emotionally. Some are shy, some are confident, others are passive and some are aggressive. Looking across a range of different types of people how can a study of martial arts bring balance to someone’s life and describe how that study could have both a positive or a negative effect on them.


To be able to do my project for my grading I am going to research my facts in books, on Google and I will use my own knowledge. I will also talk to friends and family about their knowledge and about their experiences. My projects are about my greatest fears and how I will over come them, what other things we need to learn as martial artists and how martial arts changes people. I will also present my information and findings by making essays. I might also make a short power point for the viewers to watch. This will explain in detail about one of my project but it will make it more interesting to read.

I personally hope to get more information and facts about karate and about how it can change someone, from doing my project. I want to find out more from other people and what karate means to them. How does it change you emotionally and what benefits can you get out of it? It will hopefully help me with my understanding for it and for others.

I also hope that my work will help other children to carry on doing karate and not give up. It will also help them work on their fears so that they can eventually over come them. They can take away information and facts that can help them in classes and so that they can develop their skills. They will be able to know when to defend themselves. I hope they are able to take on board some of these things to help them in karate.

When I plan my sixty minute talk I will probable make another power point showing different parts to my talk and how I will separate some parts of information to my other facts and knowledge. I also might do a rough plan to show where I want people in the room and how many minutes I will talk about one thing and then move on from it.

To be able to do my 5 minute talk to friends, I will write myself a plan of what I will say and when I will say it. I also might make a booklet or something to show my findings and information. I will also tell them where I got my facts from. I will also prepare to answer any questions people may ask.


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