During October Infant and Junior students at the Bishops Ju jitsu club have been practicing their throwing techniques. We continued from where we left off last month the Infants practiced their Body drop and Knee wheel. Then practicing Body drop into a chest hold, body drop into a Scarf Hold and Body drop into a Chest hold. They repeated the same process with their Knee wheel. With gradings only next month the Infants students are doing well. I make lots of games with them to keep the technique a little more interesting.
We also had a little turn at team races so they could compete against each other, perform techniques and get physically fit as well. The infants also had a little game I like to call the “Etiquette game,” we would practice this standing and kneeling. The principle of this game is for all students to run around and when myself shouts “Etiquette,” all students must stand in the correct posture. This is also repeated on their knees, which ensures that the Infant students know how to kneel properly. We had fun with standing grappling, I carefully watch over them to see if they can perform techniques we have been practicing.
The Juniors have been doing the same throws but rather than going into a hold, they worked on defending a punch, throwing their partner (Uke) to the ground and following it through with an arm-bar. We broke it down into stages and worked on the block first. One side would be throwing the punch whilst the other side would be doing the block. They worked on getting the right stance, learning the correct movement of the hands. I got them to practice the block repeatedly and then swapping over. They soon found out that it could hurt a little when the same spot is hit repeatedly. They all worked hard on this, so we followed it through with the throws practiced. This was not a problem as we have been practicing this many times before. To finish the technique off, the last section of this technique was to arm-bar and axe kick your partner. We broke this down into a separate section as to detail all the little technical details and safety.
During the month we had a little play at “Sumo,” we have a ring made from belts, two people in the middle trying to push one another out of the ring, winner staying in. “A lot of fun and works on balance, co-ordination, speed, strength and they have great fun doing it”
We had many rounds of stand-up grappling, team races and much more!
The Teenager class, which finishes straight after the Junior class have been learning their new white belt syllabus. Starting with their line-up and learning more technical details. Straight into warm-up before moving onto their breakfalls. Again a few more details. They would do their traditional breakfalls; at the end they would learn how to pickup weapons. The Bishops Teenager class is made up of Junior students that have moved up due to their age and ability; a lot of details are implemented in previous classes.
From here we have been going straight into their syllabus, each student has their own folder with syllabus sheets that they can look at to recall what they are learning. We have been steadily working our way through the sheet working towards their gradings in December… knocks and bumps a long the way but all have great characters…
Next month we look forward to having our Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Family Funday when all parents are able to come onto the mat and participate with their child/children lesson. All this was in aid to raise money for our charity “Hounds for Heroes” I sure the children are counting down the days and perhaps hours…