Borehamwood Thursday Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, May 2014

Congratulations to Archie Moore form the Infant Class and Nicole Green from the Junior Class achieving Student of the Month for May. You have both been showing great improvements within the class.

Well done to everyone who got a medal for completing a line of stars in their record book.

Well done to everyone who got a medal for completing a line of stars in their record book.

Well done to our infant Student of the Month Sam Vango

Well done to our infant Student of the Month Sam Vango

Well done to our junior Student of the month Charlie Palmer.

Well done to our junior Student of the month Charlie Palmer.

The Infant class is getting bigger and a good mix of boys and girls. I have been starting the lesson by all students lined up behind me, following simple commands and repeating the exercises that I demonstrate as I’m running around the edge of the mat with the children. Immediately after the warm-up has finished we go straight into our stretches to help prevent further injury.

One of our youngest students Dylan Alter loves to train with his good friend Ziv Hammerman. Both new students are progressing well…
During the month of May we have been practicing a defence from a hook punch. Before we could let the young students loose and risk the chance of them striking each other, I went over the safety before hand. With a few comical lines from myself to keep them interested we got straight onto the practicing of this. After I was happy with them defending the punch we finished the technique off with a throwing technique practiced in previous lessons, immediately pinning their partner to the floor using a scarf hold. When they pinned their partner to the floor we got the student that was doing the pin to count to four in Japanese. We had a few made up words along the way but great to seeing them all trying so hard. Sempai Jack and myself went around the class and helping anyone. We finished practicing this technique and wanted to get lots of repetition, I incorporated this technique into a game to get them all running around, keeping fit and getting lots of reps.

The Juniors practiced a couple of different variations of a rear strangle, again safety first and gave them a little talk to insure safety. We also practiced a couple of different variations of a double wrist grab. We started off in stages, as each stage was perfected we moved onto the next.
We finished the lessons off with multiple rounds of stand up grappling to insure that we got lots of practice.

On Sunday the 18th May 2014 Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu conducted The British Championship’s which is a tournament to see who could win either Bronze, Silver or Gold and be rained the British Champion in their weight division.
I would like to say massive congratulations to Harry Photiou, Daniel Fava, Joshua Lee Hau, Amber Jackson, and Taylor McGinnity for competing from the infant Class. A very tough morning… A special well done to Harry Photiou winning silver in his weight division Amber Jackson winning bronze in her weight division, excellent work guys, you make me very proud of you all.
From the Juniors I would like to say massive congratulations to James and Daniel Thornley, Reece Ogidih, Nicole Green, Keenan Shaw and Rebecca Keenan for competing in the championships. Well done to Reece for achieving bronze in his weight division. Some really tough fights and a hard day, well done to you all…

In the adult competition I would like to say a massive congratulations to the following students that competed and won medals: Sempai Jack for wining Gold and becoming British Champion in his weight Division, Sempai Tom coming second and winning silver, Sempai Sam also winning silver in his weight division, Harvey Cousins winning bronze. A great day for all, well done to you all…

On 11th May 2014 Jack O’Brien, Sam Gladdy and Mike Tuohy from the Borehamwood Dojo put themselves forward to try achieve their Shodan-Ho (probationary Black Belt) and earn the title and rank of “Sempai”
It gives me great pleasure to announce that they all successfully passed there grading along side Richard King from Honbu and Patrick Davies from Bushey Dojo. It was a very hard and body punishing day. All candidates were pushed to the limits and were not giving up. I was very proud to be apart and complete that day.
Our Founder and Chief Instructor Kevin Pell awarded all candidates their shiny new Shodan-Ho belts at the British Championships in front of an amazing crowed. Well done to you all. The journey now starts towards that ever so high peak of Shodan…
The rest of the adult grades at Borehamwood have been studying their syllabus ready for the gradings in June.

Welcome William Forester and Jerome Badu who have joined us at the end of the month. I look forward to letting you all know on how well they are progressing next month.

Sempai Tom training hard!!

Sempai Tom training hard!!

Sempai Tom demonstrating techniques.

Sempai Tom demonstrating techniques.

Kara Tsangaris pushing out the press up’s!!!

Kara Tsangaris pushing out the press up’s!!!

Juniors Taking Part in some stand up grappling.

Juniors Taking Part in some stand up grappling.

Well done to everyone who got a medal for completing a line of stars in their record book.

Well done to everyone who got a medal for completing a line of stars in their record book.