Congratulations to Amy Gilbert from the Infants, Billie-Jo Shannon from the Juniors who were students of the Month for November 2014.
November has been a very busy time for The Bishops Ju Jitsu club with Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s Family Fun Day, weekend catch-up lessons, six-year awards, class gradings and presentations.
On Wednesday 5th November 2014 The Bishops Ju Jitsu club staged the Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Family Fun Day, an event, which invited parents and family onto the mat to participate in their child/children’s lesson. This event was all in aid to raise money For Ishin Ryu’s charity, “Hounds for Heroes” Hounds for Heroes provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision we aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.
We started the Infant/Junior classes off with the children and parents performing line-up, warm-up and then breakfalls. A few parents were hesitant about performing forward rolls but participated in as much as possible. After a quick drink it was time for relay races; teamed with mums and dads the students competed against each other. A few basic fitness tests showed the parents just how hard the children work! It was great to see some of the parents being really competitive with each other – with the losing team having to perform a forfeit and a big cheer for the winning team!
We practiced a few techniques that the children have been working on in class before moving on to do some standing and kneeling grappling. This is enormous fun for the children, as they love to tussle with mums and dads and believe they can beat them. A few Juniors get a little close to comfort which is great fun to watch!
On 12th November we had the class grading’s, Infant and Juniors were tested on techniques they have been learning in class. Both classes pushed themselves through what ever was thrown at them. They were all tested on stages; line-up, breakfalls, fitness, techniques and of course their fighting spirit. Their fitness test consisted of press-ups, sit-ups, leg raises and burpees. The Infants started off with five of everything, the Juniors started with ten of everything. The higher the belt the higher the fitness test and the more was required of them. The same applied when they had to grapple. It was a great grading and all successfully passed. The Bishops School had a school trip on grading week, which meant that a few of the Junior students were away all week. Fortunately the children that were away, were able to sit their grading’s on Saturday 15th November. I arranged catch-up lessons due to us loosing a couple of lessons in October. This meant that on Wednesday 19th November the children were able to participate in the fun lesson which is given as an incentive for all their hard work before hand.
The presentations went exceptionally well with students in both groups walking to the front of the class to accept their new belt and certificate. We then took group photos before celebrating the end of the lesson by throwing our old belts as high as we possible could. Well done to you all and remember not to throw your old belts away, keep them all in a safe place.
I would like to say big congratulations to Courteney Shannon who received an award for six’s commitment to training. Courteney started Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu November 2008 and is still training six years later so was awarded with a plaque. Courteney has completed all her Junior Mon grade and is continuing her training by moving up to the Teenagers. She will be attempting her grading on Saturday 6th December along side Linden Turner and Liam pick-up. All three have been working really hard for their grading’s.
The Bishops Teenager class started on Wednesday 10th September 2014; with only twelve weeks of training once a week, they will put themselves forward to try achieve their 8th Kyu (White) I would like to wish them all the very best of luck and will be their with them all the way. This will be the very first Teenager grading’s from the Bishops Ju Jitsu club and hopefully one of many. I look forward to telling you all next month that they have passed there grading’s before the shut down for Christmas.