We started the month with student of the month being awarded to Rubin Mendes from the infants and Maria Gomes form the juniors, “Excellent effort”
At the beginning of the month we perform all our Ju Jitsu preliminaries, which is a must at the beginning of every lesson, we then got straight into fitness mixed up with grappling and randori (free practice)
Throughout the month we also practiced trying to build the students confidence more by doing breakfall’s whilst students held onto myself. Each student one at a time would run up to me, hold onto the lapel of my Gi (uniform) chuck their feet out to the front of them and perform a good breakfall onto their sides. I ensured that I had a good hold of their arm and belt to aid them down safety. They thought this was great and wanted to do more so we performed on both sides.
Continuing with this breakfall theme we would perform forward rolls finishing the technique off with a back breakfall and repeating it again into a front breakfall.
We worked on trying to break our partner’s balance but this time using a stretchy band, normally designed for fitness. Starting with one arm first we would create a pulling action and pull your hand towards your mouth. We would carry out as many reps as we could then start on the other arm. I asked them all to imagine that they have a watch on and try looking at it, insuring that your pinkie finger was uppermost. The final part of this technique was getting both arms pulling at the same time. Near the end of this lesson a few mentioned that they had saw arms and I thought, “great,” just what I wanted, building muscle.
We were going to practice our Ishin Ryu Jiu Jitsu throwing technique, “inside hock,” but before I did we practiced back breakfall’s repeatedly just so they knew what to do as their partner throws them. “Brilliant,” time for inside hock then we could go over the basics of the technique. They were all doing great so we then started implementing the hock. To aid in getting lots of reps we played a little game for this and the students love playing games. There were lots of laughter and smiles but all started getting better at inside hock!
The juniors had fun doing the same breakfalls. We were able to make it a little harder on the forward rolls by seeing if they roll over myself. Those that were not confident were giving the option to do a forward roll to the side.
With the stretchy bands, once they perfected these techniques I gave a few of the students the option to give it a go using adult ones, there were a few gob smacked students amazed how hard it was to repeat the process. I explained the bands that they are using are the weakest ones and a good starting point to learn the technique.
At the end of April we went over some more Ju Jutsu techniques and started learning rear strangles. They learnt about the safety whilst performing these. They loved rear strangles and couldn’t believe how quick it could be applied. A few wanted to see if they could strangle me and of course volunteered to show them it’s not always how big and strong you are.
It’s been a great month especially as we were only closed once over the half term, the school is fortunate enough to remain open over most school breaks due to having a great caretaker! Thank you Del Pask.
I look forward to letting you all know how the month of May went, as we are fortunate enough to have students participating in Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu National Championships.