Congratulations to Cara Dobkin from the Infants, Lee Samuels from the junior’s being awarded Student of the Month for June 2014.
I would like to welcome along to the Infant class Lois Gold who has started and really enjoying herself! Hopefully Lois will have a good opportunity to train with bigger brother who is in the junior class. We also had Max Fruhauf and Danielle Smith who have transferred from the Borehamwood Tuesday class.
In Juniors we had Tayan Karuthosami and Kearan Badgery starting fresh and really settling in well. Ruby Langley has joined us from Tuesday’s Borehamwood Junior class.
The adult class also had a new starter; Paul wheeler who has trained many years ago in Ju Jitsu is really working hard learning his basics.
During June we concentrated on getting everything ready for the gradings which were scheduled for the beginning of July. We worked on getting their stances correct; to help all the young children with their left and right I use a reference point on the children’s uniform.
We also worked on some ground pins, which are the finish off to their grading techniques. To make it a little more exciting for the children I made a game for it. One person would be the catcher whilst everyone else would crawl around. If you were tagged then you would lay on you back like a star fish and await to be freed by another fellow student performing two holds: Scarf Hold and Shoulder Hold.
Working on the theory if learning is fun then you will learn more; we made a game on the whole technique once it was learnt to aid in repetition.
The junior group were also perfecting their techniques ready for gradings. They worked on two rear chokes: Naked Choke and Sliding Collar and Lapel. Sempai Jack O’Brien and I moved around the mat and helped everyone with these strangles. We had rounds of grappling in between to see if they could perform these whilst their partner was resisting.
We had two throws that we have been working on: Half shoulder and Full Shoulder. I broke the technique down and explained many details to help perfect these throws. The biggest hurdle most people have is landing after being thrown. I explained that as soon as your partner throws you its good practice to try land onto your side and not you back. As landing square onto your back will result in you winding yourself.
Throughout the month we had belt-tying practice, a must for all students. The senior grades knowing how to tie their own belts, helped move around the mat and put their skills to test by helping others.
The Adults worked on syllabus, fitness and a few techniques that Soke is thinking of bringing back in. We concentrated on a knife and Baton techniques. We also had a little play at some Kubaton techniques, Soke loves me looking like a ballerina, up onto my toes and curled over… From the outside in it looks quite amusing but I can assure you these techniques are very effective. Some of these Kubaton techniques bring water to your eyes and make you very compliant.
On the 21st June, Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Adult National Gradings took place at Ishin Ryu’s Headquarters in Norfolk. Matthew Buckner and Joshua King attempted their 8th Kyu (White belt) and pushed themselves through a hard grading. I’m sure even when they were tired, they knew that they had to dig deeper. With going through all their techniques a few times, the gas was turned up with multiple rounds of standing and kneeling grappling, coupled in with numerous rounds of throws. A few times a few students had to reach for the window… It set the standard for anyone else entering after. Congratulations to everyone that successfully passed that day. Unfortunately Amber Gill did not make her 5th Kyu (Green belt) this time but with true grit and determination, Amber will get next time around…
The rest of the month consisted of good sweaty fitness sessions coupled with syllabus. The end of the month we have the club social, an event most look forward to when students can get together and relax…