Lumpy From The Throws
Teacher called me up and said, "do you remember how many were in the kids class last year on the first day?"
I said, "I think around 30. I was pretty blown away."
"It's going to be over 40 this year" he said with some enthusiasm and exasperation.
There's no way he can fit that many kids into the space and he came to the same conclusion. It looks like he's going to have to split the kids class which means it'll be 5 to 6, 6 to 7, and 7 - 9. He'll be burned out within a month or to. Too bad we can't use the area on more days a week. It' certainly be a nice treat for all of us to come more than twice a week.
The odd thing is that our adult class is pretty much down to just a few folks. Last night it was Cherub and me. So we had awesome private lessons, but for whatever reason we got into throws and that was kind of a bummer because he's a lot shorter than I am. We both struggled with the fine points and at one point I tried to pull Cherub across my back. Instead of an effortless throw it turned into an awkward 140lb pull. Ugh. My back is tired today, but not spasming, so I'm very pleased about that.
We also leaned how to do the counter to the throw. As soon as the thrower grabs your arm, your free hand has to come around the chin and move the throwers head around. I got it right about once out of ten times. Not pleasant to have someone fall on you though. When it goes right, the throw fails and the thrower has to rotate due to the "follow the head wherever it goes rule". It has been done very accurately and quickly. Tough to accomplish for us plodding artists.
In the end I think the count was around 40 to 50 throws without being to rattled. I slept pretty well.