July is upon us and the good news that the adult students have moved themselves back into the Hertsmere Leisure centre on a Thursday evening. With over a year out of the centre, we’ve had a great time at the Aldenham Leisure Centre but have now returned to the home of Ishin Ryu Jiu Jitsu.
After congratulating the adult students on their grading exams, they were all keen to learn some new techniques for their next belt, before moving on we tried some of our basic throws on the opposite side which was very comical at times but a different avenue of learning. We continued this theme with the techniques; getting the other side of the body doing something different.
The rest of the month we continued working on syllabus, learning new techniques and polishing the previous ones. At the end of the month on the night of the club social I finished the evening lesson off by completing a fitness exercise using a giant deck of cards. Using hearts (press-ups), diamonds (sit-ups), clubs (leg raises) & spades (burpees). Everything was face value 2, 3, 4, 5 etc… Ace been one, Jack was eleven, Queen was twelve and King, thirteen.
There were also two Jokers in the pack – twenty burpees! Working in pairs they would run to the end of the mat, turn the top card over and complete the exercise as quick as possible, return to the other end, tag your partner for them to repeat. This was carried on until all cards were finished. Losing teams did twenty burpees. Everyone was kept in suspense to who would get the Jokers as it could of being the difference of finishing first or last; a great evening that everyone enjoyed and finished off with some food and drink.
Below are a few paragraphs written by Kevin Pell Sensei taken from “The Ultimate Book of Martial Arts”
What is Jiu Jitsu?
The central philosophy behind Jiu Jitsu is to conquer an opponent by any and all means – as long as minimal force only is used. Consequently, this precept demands from its followers a strict conformity to various disciplines – both mental and physical.
Physical fitness has always been a fundamental prerequisite for practitioners of Jiu Jitsu. A characteristic of this art involves strict moral and dietary regimes, which are seen as being necessary if one is to reach the highest level of perfection. It is therefore not surprising that, historically, many Jiu Jitsu masters withdrew to religious institutions, such as Buddhist or Shinto shrines.
Although the fundamental principle behind modern Jiu Jutsu as a Self-defence art is too conquer an opponent using minimal force, the older art of Jiu Jitsu focused on literally annihilating the enemy, which led to the developed of many dangerous and fatal techniques.
Thank you for a great month and I look forward to seeing you all in August. If you can make the Weyland show in Norfolk, this will be greatly appreciated.
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Del Shannon Sensei & Kevin Pell Sensei