I would like to congratulate our Students of the Month – Zac Salmi and Keir Taylor . Both have shown great commitment to their training and has really got stuck in. Well done and keep up the good work. I would like to also say a warm welcome to Sarah Piplain and Norha Kahanna who have joined us this month. I hope you enjoy training with us.
The Borehamwood infant class performed brilliantly in the recent gradings and both myself and Sensei Tom are very proud if you all. The gradings started off with a normal warm up followed by their breakfalls and then by their techniques. The class had to perform different variations of a shoulder arm lock. Tomer really impressed us with the techniques he performed. Following this the class then had a question and answer session.
This is where they are asked questions on Ishin Ryu’s history and basic terminology we use. We finished off the gradings with a countless rounds of grappling and fitness test to make get them a little hot and sweaty. I would personally like to say well done to Alex and Luca who undertook their first grading with Ishin Ryu. You both worked really hard and I can’t wait to see yourself work your way up the grades. By the end every looked exhausted but they still had a smile in their faces. We were happy to tell the whole of the infant class that they had passed. Well done to everyone. It was great grading!
The junior class also put on an awesome grading! We started off with a warm up then into rapid breakfalls; this was so we could get the blood pumping around their body a little faster. Following this we then moved into the grading techniques. This was a breeze for everyone. The class had to show us four different shoulder arm locks, this is where you are being attacked in four different situations and you have to be able to defend yourself.
It gives me great pleasure that everyone performed really well. Lastly we finished off with grappling and fitness just to make sure that they put a sweat on. I would like to say a huge well done to Gemma and Oliva who put on a fantastic grading. Well done girls.
As with the other classes, everyone was over the moon when they heard that they passed. Well done to everyone who took part.
Lastly the teenager gradings, both Sensei Tom and I were astonished. It was fantastic seeing such incredible students do amazing things. The white belts going to white red didn’t know what to expect as this was their first teenager grading. For their first time we could see how nervous they were, but they didn’t let that faze them. They came in and performed a fantastic grading. Well done to everyone who took part in the white red belt grading, I am so proud of you all.
The yellow belts had a hard time. Sensei Tom made sure that they were going to earn that grade. I would like to say well done to all the students that took part. As there were not many students going for yellow belt the pressure was really on and they performed magnificently, well done everyone…
The last gradings that took place were the orange belts going to green. This wasn’t as hard physically as the other gradings but it was mentally hard. They had to break down every technique and show us they understood why they are doing that technique. This proved to be very difficult for the orange belts but in the end they managed it and performed amazingly. Well done everyone. It was brilliant to watch you all grade.
The teenager class have been training for their upcoming gradings in December. I know it seem a long time away but that time is going to fly by. The class have been focusing on the orange belt syllabus which is a hard belt to learn. Everyone is trying their hardest to make sure they know their syllabus for the gradings now. Callum Surge has been particular switched on. He has been making sure that he has all his kit ready for the grading. Well done guys I can’t wait to see you grade.
Next month we will be going over some old syllabus just so we don’t get rusty on previous work. This is so we can keep techniques we haven’t done for a while fresh in the mind.
As it is that time of the year again, I know most of you will jet setting off and sitting in the sun all day. If you are going away I hope you have an amazing time and I will see you upon your return.