I would just like to say well done to Toby Levi and Justus Badu for being awarded the student of the month award for June, well done boys and keep up the good work.
The infant class on Saturday have all been preparing for their gradings by learning several new techniques and perfecting a few old ones. The techniques they will be required to know are the shoulder arm lock, hip throw and body drop. The majority of the students had only recently learnt the shoulder arm lock ad so a large part of each lesson was spent ensuring all the students knew this technique perfectly. Every lesson there would be another demonstration of it and then the children would go in partners to practise it with each other.
The children would then spend some time practising the hip throw and body drop. These two throws are excellent for the infant class as the technique used to perform each throw is used throughout many of the other throws they will learn as they progress through Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu.Finally each lesson would conclude with some grappling so that all the children are prepared for the physical aspects of their grading. We are very impressed with the students’ attitude this month and look forward to their gradings.
The junior class have also been training very hard to make sure they pass their upcoming gradings. Their spirit and attitude has been extremely focused and every lesson this month has shown great progress from all the students. The class will be required to know several techniques for their gradings but particularly the chokes from a rear kneeling position and the full shoulder throw which is found in the adults’ green belt syllabus.
The chokes form a rear kneeling position are very useful in grappling, the children will be required to demonstrate the two variations of the naked choke as well as the single wing choke, an excellent technique to choke an opponent who is attempting to escape from the naked chokes. The full shoulder is quite a quick throw and so we have worked through it slowly to ensure every student’s technique is correct before they complete the throw at full speed.
Finally each lesson has ended with some bouts of grappling so the students can put their new techniques into practise. We expect a lot of passes at the upcoming gradings and are very proud of all the students!
The teenagers that train on Saturdays in Borehamwood have also been training very hard for their gradings. Each lesson has begun with a quick warm up and a demonstration of all their breakfalls. The students have then lined up in pairs to do several fitness tests and sets of basic throws, a very similar situation to that they can expect in their gradings. After they have got very hot and sweaty, the student have had a quick drink of water and split into their syllabus groups to make sure they know all the techniques necessary to gain their next belt.
Whilst the students have practised their syllabus the Sensei’s have gone around the groups fixing any small errors and making sure all the students are performing every technique perfectly. The entire class are ready to grade and we expect everyone to pass as long as they maintain focus throughout their gradings!