WOW – May already! I can’t believe how quick this year is flying by. At the start of May, adult students were a little thin on the grounds, due to students being tied up with work. This gave the other students ample opportunity to get some great practice in. We started with some basic breakfalls but this time adding repetitions to the technique. The side breakfalls we modified so that students had to stand out in front whilst the person performing the technique would run, grab the lapel and leap into the air to perform a side breakfall. The student standing would control the descent; we all changed around so everyone got a turn. “Great fun and a different variation of breakfalls”
From here, we partnered Nick Rowan with Sempai Patrick, Jerome Badu with Sempai Sam, Harvey Cousins with Sempai Mike Tuohy and worked our way through white belt and yellow belt at a good pace to access their ability’s, a good overall effort. With everyone getting a good sweat on, we had a quick water break and then for each student to break off with their training partner to iron out any little details that were needed. It was a great start to the month and students are heading in the right direction for gradings next month! Well done to you all great lesson!
The following week, Sempai Jack O’Brien set off from Borehamwood Ju Jitsu club to get things sorted for the adults arriving at Aldenham. As soon as I finished teaching, I packed up and followed him – as soon as I arrived at Aldenham Ju Jitsu Club I was surprised to find that Soke had travelled down to surprise us all, a bit of an eye opener for some and just what the doctor ordered, OSU!
The guys were split into groups carefully guided by the senior grades; Soke and myself moved around and helped where needed. With the learning going well, we finished the lesson off with rounds of throws, fitness tests, fireman carries, wheelbarrow races and casualty drags that challenged you as well. It was a great evening and a nice surprise for the guys. Well done everyone, a great nights training!
The third lesson of the month I started off with a warm-up and breakfalls before splitting the groups up into their belt categories. The Sempai’s helped the up and coming grades through their techniques whilst I went around the class to help where needed.
The last lesson of the month was a quiet one as most were away on a charity event; this gave the students that didn’t go lots of opportunity to get a one-to-one with their syllabus. Ollie Harviek went with Sempai Patrick to run through his blue, whilst Jerome Badu and Nick Rowan concentrated on white, yellow and orange. Nick would like to try triple grade providing he has learnt everything. I pushed Nick through all belts to see how he is performing, his white and yellow are really good with only a few little touches needed for his orange. Jerome only needs a few more adjustments for his yellow belt and he will be there. A great months training with lots of activity.
It’s been a very busy month with the British Championships, which took place on Sunday 17th May. The day was spectacular which saw a lot of champions being made within their weight divisions. The adults had one weight division; the fights were fantastic with applause from the crowds of parents watching on.
Congratulations to Sensei Andy Herbert, achieving first place and ranked British Champion; second place awarded to Sensei Del Shannon and third to Joshua Ciannarella.
I would like to give massive congratulations to Jake Rider and Lee Swain who successfully achieved their white belts after travelling to Honbu on Wednesday 20th May to grade. Both had asked to attempt earlier that the scheduled grading day as they were both committed to work and unable to make. They both had a hard grading and gave maximum effort. Well done to the both of you!
I would also like to give massive congratulations to now Sensei Tom Garvin who after attempting his Black belt grading on 24th/25th May successfully achieved the dizzy heights of Shodan. A magnificent effort and two days that he will never forget. Sensei Tom started at the age of four and after twenty years has achieved his lifetime ambition. It was a pleasure to be a part of this grading and to mark another milestone in Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu history. Well done Sensei Tom!
Next month we look forward to the adult gradings, which are scheduled to take place on Saturday 20th June. I would like to wish all those attempting, good luck.