Borehamwood Thursday Ju Jitsu Club
February 2015

Grappling is so much fun!

Grappling is so much fun!

Congratulations Dylan Fava from the Infants and Teyan Karuthosami from the junior class-receiving student of the month for

Congratulations to the students of the month for February 2015…

Congratulations to the students of the month for February 2015…

I would like to welcome Jamie Chester, Owen Keane & James Toplis to the Infant class. All three have settled into classes very quick!

At the start of February, I was keen to go over and revise what we had practiced in the month of January. The Infant class had been learning an escape when being pinned by their partners. One student would lie down whilst the other would sit straddling with hands on their shoulders. The student lying down would trap their partner’s arm and leg on one side and perform a pelvic trust in the same direction that the arms were trapped thus escaping from that position. They performed this technique very well so we moved onto the next technique.

They would stand opposite each other, one side to go first. Having one leg further in front than the other they would lower their centre of gravity and thrust forward onto their leading knee. The main aim was to land in-between their partner’s legs. They would then secure their legs by grabbing behind the knees and continue thrusting forward causing their partners to go backwards.

As they practiced breakfalls every lesson, they had no problem breaking there fall when been pushed back. The rest of the month the Infants practiced this technique but finished off with a couple of pins. The pins they were practicing would be a Scarf hold and Shoulder hold; both being very similar to each other and controlling their partners head and arm causing difficulty escaping…

During the month we also practiced some kneeling and standing grappling but tried to make the start of the grappling a little more interesting by working on the children’s reaction speeds. Sitting back to back we would either place hands on the heads, sit on your hands or cross your legs; all three required the children to react when given the command to begin. I tried one other position, this time they would lay on their back next to each other; one student would lay one way and the other student the other way. On the command “Go,” they would clap three times and start grappling, great fun and thoroughly enjoyed by all!

I would like to welcome along to the junior class Ope and Fayo Ashiru! Both boys although still quite young are going to be very tall…
The juniors performed the same take down as the Infants before moving onto other strangles from a mounted position. They were paired in to groups, one lying down and the other sitting straddling the other. The student sitting on top would perform all the strangles. These strangles were called “Fingers, Thumbs, Fingers & Thumbs, Collar and Bar”. It would start with placing your arm across your opponents neck and place your fingers inside your opponents collar with the thumb on the outside; the other hand would do the same thing but to the other side.

With the fingers deep inside the collars you would then pull your elbows out causing it to tighten around the neck. Fingers are exactly the same but placing your thumbs inside the collar and fingers on the outside. With fingers and thumbs it was a combination of the two…

Collar and bar choke was very similar, this time placing your arm across the neck, thumb inside the collar; the other hand would hold onto the opposite lapel lower down and pull tight, causing the collar to tighten. The other arm that was holding onto the lapel would then drop the elbow towards the floor causing a choke on the neck.

I demonstrated to the Junior class another position that one of these strangles could be used before getting them to pair up to practice. Sempai Jack O’Brien and I would then move around the class and help where needed.

Good technique girls…

Good technique girls…

Lovely take down boys!

Lovely take down boys!

Good hold by Sam Ralph…

Good hold by Sam Ralph…

The children’s gradings will take place at the dojo next month on Thursday 12th March 2015. With all the practicing we’ve being doing I think that everyone will do just fine…

If everything goes well with the gradings we look forward to our fun lesson when all students are rewarded with games, leading straight onto presentations when mums and dads can come along and watch their child/children receive their new belt and certificate.

The Children’s Championships are fast approaching and are being held on Sunday The 17th March 2015 when we will see who will be the next British Champion in their weight category! The Championships will take place at the Breckland Leisure Centre & Water world, Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1JD
I look forward to seeing all those that can attend and remember – You have to be in it to win it…

Practicing techniques on Sensei Del!

Practicing techniques on Sensei Del!

Students practicing other positions to perform strangles…

Students practicing other positions to perform strangles…

1 Comment on Borehamwood Thursday Ju Jitsu Club
February 2015

  1. The Borehamwood Dojo continues to go from strength to strength under the eye of Sensei Del and Sempai Jack and Tom…
    Well done everyone!! Osu

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