Borehamwood Thursday Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, August 2014

Infant students practicing their forward rolls…

Infant students practicing their forward rolls…

Fitness time…

Fitness time…

Like all the other clubs the lessons were very light due to summer holidays and most parents taking their children on those all-important family holidays.

During August, Infant and Junior students practiced their breakfalls but this time with a difference. With everyone lined up along the edge of the mat they performed a forward roll in the centre, touched the other side and repeated the process coming back. We repeated this many times, working on forward roll conditioning. We then practiced the same for the side, forward and rear break fall.

Practicing this every lesson we then moved onto to learn the technique “Body Drop”. The children picked this up fairly easy so we were able to make it a little more fun and exciting by getting the children working on fitness, stability, and movement. This time I had a soft ball and running around the mat I tagged each of the students with the ball, if caught they stood still with their arms out; to be freed they had to crawl under the legs from behind, stand up and face each other, high ten (similar to high five but with two hands) then Body Drop Throw their partner. I repeated this many times with changes to the catcher so that students could throw me, enabling me to correct any problems they had with the throwing technique.

We had ago at playing the game I call, “The world record,” using pairs, each student would face their partner at opposite ends of the mat. One side would go first and the object of this game would be to run to your partner, perform a Body Drop Throw on them, run back to the start and repeating the process for sixty seconds. The winner was the one that completed the most correct throws within the allotted time. If the technique were not carried out correctly then it would not count. They loved this game and got a little sweaty in the process.

We worked on being able to change directions fast, hand eye co-ordination, fitness and reactions. We did this by each student having a cut piece of belt placed into the rear of his or her belt. On the command “go,” each student would run around the matted area and try retrieve as many belts as possible from other students, the winner was the one with the most amount of belts.

During August adults worked on a little fitness, this time I had giant playing cards, I split the playing cards and adults into equal groups. With the playing cards being at the opposite end, one person at a time within those groups would run down and turn over their card, upon turning it over they would then perform burpees on the amount they discovered; Ace being one, two to ten being face value, Jack being eleven, queen been twelve, king being thirteen, I added a little extra by keeping the jokers in the pack and if you were unlucky enough to find a joker then that would be twenty. This was an excellent exercise so I repeated it straight after with press-ups! Some groups got it easy while some got it hard, you just never knew what you were going to get…

During other lessons Soke Kevin Pell got us performing forward rolls over someone kneeling down, repeating the process after placing another person down. This is good fun and tests your rolling ability. Well done to Michael Yerrill-Asser whilst performing his forward rolls, split his trousers… Good fun, but I’m sure, all will be rectified by next week.
Soke also demonstrated some defences against wrist grabs and then went around the class to help out on anyone that needed help…
At the end of the month we had our club social so at nine o’clock we gathered up our belongings, packed anything away in the dojo and went to have a little drink to toast a great month of training…

Adults warming up!

Adults warming up!

Sensei Del enjoying himself!

Sensei Del enjoying himself!

Over we go!

Over we go!

Borehamwood thurs Aug 14 (6)

A good size adult class!

 

Soke Kevin Pell demonstrating on Sensei Del Shannon

Soke Kevin Pell demonstrating on Sensei Del Shannon

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