This month the kids at the Borehamwood dojo have been knuckling down with the national grading so close – So with that on all the students’ minds it was going to be a scary month.
The infant class have been really well behaved – in spite of the fact that that the summer holidays are coming up. All the students have been working so hard on every part of Ju Jitsu from bowing in and out of the Dojo to shaking hands with their partners after training. They have grown up so much and I am so happy with all of them.
With the grading’s going on all the infants have been learning some hold downs on the ground and also basic fighting stances and blocks from standing – which is teaching them how to use their left and right hands. It is amazing to see all of the students picking this up so quickly and when it came to showing the moves on the grading day it was a proud moment for the students who found it hard to do.
One big part of the grading’s this time was fitness and grappling with all the kids running to find different partners to train with for grappling. This lets everyone have a chance to work with each other in the class. I know that the class bonds better and makes it fun for the kids as well. Most of fitness tests started off with 6 press ups and sit ups, we pushed it up to 10 for the high belts with rounds of fast grappling trying to hold each over down.
I am so proud of this class they have worked so hard on their grading work and fitness it was outstanding to see all of the kids working so hard with their Ju Jitsu.
The junior class are one of the best classes I have ever seen, they work so hard and I know we have some very special students in the class that will make amazing Ishin Ryu black belts one day. To start this month off with a grading is not easy and the junior class had no problems what so ever with amazing fitness and the high belts doing 25 press ups, sit ups, leg raises and burpees it soon ended up the whole class wanted to do the same, I for one was not going to stop them with the white belts keeping up with the blue belts I thought it was outstanding.
The juniors had to do different self-defence moves from the ground standing up someone punching them or even a kick, all the students showed brilliant techniques and some could show the adult students a thing or two. With all that aside came the hard part of Ishin Ryu history with every grading we do it is not just about the fitness or the moves it comes down to knowing what you are learning, and the kids did not disappoint,
passing with flying colours – Sempai Jack and I could not ask for much more form a junior class.
With the teenager grading’s out of the way and everyone looking nice and smart in their new belts, we had some fun and played around with some techniques from different belts in our syllabus, some techniques from the high belts and some techniques that they already know. I know that all the guys enjoyed doing some new locks and throws from the high belts you could see Tom Kent getting stuck in with some amazing outta wheels on Sempai Jack and myself.
With that in mind we got all the students to write down five ways in which someone might attack you or try to grab you and then we would go over some moves that could help. This was brilliant all the students came up with loads of different ideas and we played around with some good moves and different finishes to moves.
To finish off I would like to say a big well done to Jared Kurensky from the infant class and Harrison Green from the junior class for becoming this month’s student of the month they have shown amazing skill and true Ishin Ryu knowledge, Very well done boy’s keep up the hard work.