The beginning of July saw a very slow start to the adult class; most students were away either on holiday, working or still recovering from the gradings in June, which was a great success. We had a new adult come along to the class to try our style of Ju Jitsu who has delved into a mixture of other martial arts. We practiced a few basic techniques from the syllabus. He enjoyed his lesson and we hope to see him back.
The next lesson saw the return of Amber Gill who has been at university studying. Amber partnered with Sempai Mike Tuohy to go over some syllabus techniques that she has not done for sometime. It’s great to have Amber back in the club committing herself to training.
For the next few lessons, Soke was down at the club and following a little chat we started the class off with breakfalls and having a good warm-up. Soke then gathered us together to go over some new blocking techniques that we have not done for a little while.
The block that we were practising was called a Kempo block – after practising the basics of the block we added a few elbow strikes being careful not to catch each other in the chin and creating a mess… something which I did a few weeks a go with Sensei Andy Herbert, luckily I did not break the skin but even with slight impact caused some pain.
We continued with this block by adding a throwing technique, being within your partner’s circle and having a devastating effect, causing your partner to go down with great force. This technique was brilliant and something, which may come into effect very soon.
From here we changed it up a little bit and Soke went over some finger locks, a point of the lesson where it doesn’t matter how big you are it really does show how compliant you can be when someone is trying to snap your finger off. Sensei Tom Garvin arrives just in time to be “Uke,” for Soke… We then went away to practice and enjoy a little bit of pain. After this Soke got us going through different combinations of throws to finish off with different techniques and doing four by four. A great lesson!
Time for a quick water break, then pen and paper to go over some do’s and don’ts within the club, a stickler that has been on Soke’s chest for sometime. I think by the end of the chat everyone was clued up with what needs to be done.
Remember boys and girls, If you want to be a part of the club you have to show commitment by regularly being at training and getting the most out of what you’re paying for…
The last lesson of the month was an hour of training followed shortly by the club social. Before we could enjoy and ale or two we started the lesson off in normal format: warm up, breakfalls then fitness. I think Soke was being kind to us, as he wanted to take things all back to basics performing ten of each exercise in a slow controlled manner even though ten doesn’t seem like a big number, for some of the students who have been out of practice for a little while will quite rightly admit that ten can be a struggle in slow time.
From here, over and unders and then straight down to one end of the mats to partner up to casualty drag your partner to the other end of the mat and reverse casualty drag all the way back – the mats at Aldenham Ju Jitsu club seem to go on and on and on… to finish this lesson off it was time to glove up within your group to perform some milling! It was great to see a couple of students out the fire door at the end of the hour feeding the grass with some of their stomach contents! A great lesson guys well done.
From here it was a quick change then straight down to the Battle Axes for a quick pint. We congregated in the pub garden to talk and enjoy each other’s company and of course it went down even better when met by a bowl of nuts and a packet of crisps. There was plenty of laughs but unfortunately had to leave and return to Norfolk. Thank you again for a great lesson, thoroughly enjoyed! OSU!
If any of you are going away I hope you have a lovely holiday, a safe journey and please get back in one piece! If you are not going away then I will see you at the club to hone your techniques.
For all of those that are attending the Wayland show in Norfolk, have a safe trip and thank you for your support. I’m sure it will be a fantastic day with plenty of sunshine and you never know we may get our face in the paper.
Please make sure you all visit the website and leave your comments, guestbook entry and of course have a look at the new calendar which has just gone live.
We have the Shochu Geiko on the 3rd and 4th of October 2015, please make sure you have this in your diary as this is an event which requires everyone’s attention.
If you’re unfortunate to not be able to attend your Tuesday or Thursday class then please can you “RING SOKE” and NOT “TEXT HIM, Email or leave voicemails” this will no longer be acceptable and rightfully so.
Thank you – Sensei Del Shannon