Since the beginning of November, the Aldenham Adult Ju Jitsu club has had the honour of the founder and chief instructor, Soke Kevin Pell visiting us from the Honbu Dojo in Norfolk.
The lesson began with a formal line-up, followed by warm-up and breakfalls. During breakfalls, Soke kept a watchful eye over us ensuring that everything was performed to the correct standard, before demonstrating defences against a grab to the wrist. This was followed by some gun defences to the side of the head.
After the lesson had finished we made our way to the Battle Axes, our local pub to have an appetizer before we make our way to Gatwick Airport to travel to Germany for our weekend seminar.
The flight was early morning so rather than travel back to Norfolk and then to Gatwick airport, we took a leisurely drive down and stopped once to have a quick drink. We had a little time to spare so we decided to have a little snooze in the car.
Soke was trying to get himself comfortable on the back seats but after a lot of tossing and turning Sharon asked if he would like to change seats. By the count of five, we were out like a light… Unfortunately Sharon had to listen to us snoring and didn’t get an ounce of sleep…
Sensei Andy Tierney has just come back from holiday with his lovely wife Michelle, after having two weeks in Mexico. From the looks of things, both had a great holiday!
The next few weeks we practiced for the Adult Gradings, which are scheduled for Saturday 13th December and are fast approaching. Unfortunately Luke Hassel, who would have liked to grade has had to pull out due to just starting a new job and was unable to get time off. Don’t worry Luke, with some hard training we may be able to try double grade next year…
Jordan Dickson, Jerome Badu and William Forrester will be attempting their 8th Kyu (White) – good luck to you boys! Rikesh Shah will hopefully able to attempt his 7th Kyu (Yellow) and not have to wait another six months. Rikesh has been working in Germany on a large project and has not been able to get as much training in as he would like.
John Klapwijk, Daniel Davis and Olli Harviek will attempt their 5th Kyu (Green) – this is a demanding belt. All three have been working hard and I’m sure will achieve this standard. After the gradings, we look forward to having our annual Christmas dinner at the Wagon & Horses a stone’s throw away from our Honbu Dojo, which will be a great night and a perfect way to finish the year off.
Well done to Nick Rowan who is managing to train nearly three times a week! If you keep going like this Nick, you will be more than ready for next year.
Ishin Ryu’s 25th Anniversary is very close and is set to be a fantastic evening especially with all men in black tuxedo and bow tie and the ladies in their ball gowns. Don’t forget to bring your family members along with you so we can celebrate a “Quarter of a century” of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu.