This month I would like to welcome you all back training and what a month it has been. With the first lesson back in the new year a nice easy one, working off the turkey and chocolate everyone had a brilliant time working on some grappling from the floor throws and fitness it was a mix of everything to get the body back in to training after two weeks off. I have to say that everyone put 100% in and done an outstanding job true Ishin Ryu spirt in the dojo everyone worked hard.
Also this month was the 26th year of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu and every year we have a celebration dinner to mark the birth of Ishin Ryu and this year fell on the exact date of the first dojo in Borehamwood on the 9th January 1990. This was a black tie event with everyone from around the world attending, the dinner started off with Soke Kevin Pell the head and chef instructor welcoming everyone with sell out seats. This event isn’t just for the adult students this is for everyone in the club; we had younger students and also parents of younger students.
Within the clubs history Ishin Ryu does a lot of charity work and last year and this year our charity is Hounds for Heros, over the year all the clubs and all the students try and raise as much money for this charity and at the dinner we give a check over to the charity and this year we handed over £8,000 for them, and we hope to double the amount by next year.
Also at the dinner Soke had some very special awards to hand out, Sempai Sam Gladdy got awarded with one of Sokes very own Katana ready for Sempai Sam’s upcoming black belt in May this year. Also Sensei Del got awarded with his 3rd Dan within Ishin Ryu, Sensei Andy Herbert got awarded with his 4th Dan and Sensei Trevor got awarded his 5th Dan. Ishin Ryu prides itself on being the best and getting a black belt within Ishin Ryu means you have worked for it, ask any of the black belts and they will tell you what they had to do.
Also this month I would like to welcome to three new adult members to the class. Yazmin Gill use to be in the teenager class but stopped due to exams but now she’s back and showing the adults how it’s done. Also I would like to welcome Stephanie Mindel who use to do Ju Jitsu 11 years ago and wanted to come back and blow the cobwebs off her belt – lovely to meet you Stephanie keep up the good work. Finally I would like to welcome Audrius Molis he was training at Harrow with Sempai Jack but wanted to train more so has joined the Borehamwood and Aldenham club it’s nice to meet you and look forward to training with you more and helping you with your Ju Jitsu.
This month has been a brilliant month with new students and everyone learning new moves and everyone is getting better each week. The spirit in the dojo is amazing well done to everyone and I look forward to seeing you back in the dojo next week.
Please remember that all dates will be up on the website so go to the website for all dates of the year.
Please remember if you don’t have my contact information please ask me in the dojo so I can give you my email and contact number. If you can’t make training then please contact SOKE on the OFFICE NUMBER and let him know you can’t train he will then let me know. If you need any kit for your next colour belt or you are unsure of anything please contact me or ask Soke and we will put you on the right path.
Please visit our website www.ishinryu.com as much as possible as I submit reports every month about the students training during the previous month. This is a great opportunity to see if you have been mentioned or appear in a photo.
We also have the new calendar page where you can have a look at upcoming events so you can plan ahead. You can also leave feedback on each of the reports or comment on your son/daughters club and share them to your Facebook pages.
If you have any questions or you are unsure of anything, please catch me at the club where I will be happy to help!
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Tom Garvin Sensei