Following a postponed ATW in January, due to a dose of “Man Flu” we eventually gathered together for the first ATW of the year, for a day of advanced training. The day started, as is tradition, with a quick cup of tea and a general catch up before progressing into the dojo for an impromptu kit inspection. Everything from plasters to bag gloves was checked for correctness.
Then a speedy issue of certificates which have been awaiting distribution and also the more memorable issuing of loyalty awards- 6 years for Sempai Sam Gladdy and 18 years for Sensei Tom Garvin – well done guys.
We cleared the decks ready for warm up and breakfalls (and a memory check for some Japanese terminology) followed by some jumping and crawling in the form of “Overs and Unders” this was quickly chased by basic throws- you are never to advanced in grade to practice a hip throw – and then, well everyone loves 50 press-ups!
Back to Overs and Unders, followed by another 50 leg raises and so the day continued with basic throws, followed by 50 exercises – nothing like blowing away those cobwebs with a few slams into the matt! But all good practice, especially for Sempai Sam who is due to attempt his Shodan this year and Sempai Lou who is preparing for the same next year.
So, with the last slam into the matt still echoing around the dojo it was straight into grappling, before progressing onto more advanced throws (in between the bouts of grappling!) Chokes, arm bars, ankle locks…. No prisoners were taken.
Because no one was dead yet all this was followed by more basic exercises (50s of course) and just a bit more grappling!! Or more accurately described as “ATTACK!!”
Now that we were suitably warm the fun really began with the infamous “Casualty Drags”. For those of you have yet to experience this, then be sure that it is an activity that is physically draining when 100% fresh, but after a solid session so far it is a big build-up of lactic acid that stops people dead in their tracks!! Which is why it was followed immediately by more throws, more grappling and even more drags (cue the first vomit of the day!!)
Four hours continuous hard training with only two 60 second water brakes, this reminded us all of why we are Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Yudansha and proud of it.
An indication of the fitness and enthusiasm of Ishin Ryu students is their ability to maintain a high level of extreme activity whilst continuing with the high quality execution, so a change up to bag work was greeted with much delight! A bit of contact sparring Girls V Boys, Big V Small – everyone is equal.
As the day draws to an end, with a smattering of blood on the matt, a driveway full of puke and a dojo full of sweat – it was a grand finale of hip throws to exhaustion (and beyond) and Push Ups slow time to Soke’s count…………………………. He got bored at 30……………………………………..AND RELAX.
As usual, a great day had by all, an opportunity to refresh on some skills and, as always an opportunity for the senior grades that train to get together for another awesome training day before heading of down to the village pub for a well-deserved meal and a drink before heading off to their home counties.
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Sheila Eglen Sensei
Assistant National Coach – Children’s Training and Development