Congratulations to Samantha Myers and Ilan Schogger, receiving student of the month for January 2015. As you were away celebrating in December, I decided to carry this on to January. As you both have been exceptionally good, it’s very deserving.
January started off really well with having an exceptionally good turn out from the Infant class, everyone was very excited to tell me what they’ve been doing and what they’ve received.
With everyone at the side of the mat ready to start the lesson, we bowed the Infants on and got them lined up straight away. Highest grades at the front leading back to the lowest grades. We finished off line-up and moved straight into warm-up and breakfalls. We had a couple of turns at the breakfalls just to get everyone back in to routine. A quick sip of water then straight into relay races, an event they love. We performed a variety of exercises that work on arm and leg strength that will aid in the help of muscle growth.
With the children’s heart rate a little higher and them lovely and warm we moved onto a technique that we started last month. An escape when your partner has you pinned to the floor by straddling you. Before going straight into the technique we had a little practice at our hip movement (bridging) this is an important aspect of the technique, if you fail to lift your hips high then you will struggle with performing the escape efficiently. With that finished, I then moved onto the whole technique, I then moved around the mat and made sure that everyone was performing the technique correctly. During the lesson we had some grappling to see if they could perform the exercise when caught in this position. We performed this for a couple of weeks before moving onto the next technique, which was taking your partner down to the ground by attacking your partner’s legs and gaining side control.
The Junior class started the same way. On their relay races I decided to do some casualty drags, which really work on the legs. At the Borehamwood dojo the mats are quite slippery which helps with being able to drag your partner along. The Junior class really enjoyed this and as expected wanted another go.
With them all being a little warm, they were ready to perform some techniques. We moved on to a take down, this technique started off with lowering you centre of gravity and shooting forward and landing on you leading knee, grabbing hold of your partners legs with two hands, manoeuvring them to the ground and gaining side control to finish off with any ground hold technique they wished. We had multiple changes to partners so we could practice with different size and weight categories. We continued this technique with a couple of different variations before moving onto another. We are at the early stages of this technique so we will have some more practice next month.
During the month both classes performed multiple rounds of standing and kneeling grappling which really help with them trying to develop new skills.
At the start of the month we celebrated Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s 25th Anniversary by having a massive gathering of students, friends and family together all under one roof, with two hundred people in attendance dressed stunningly in tuxedos and ball gowns, Soke Kevin Pell placed on a spectacular event which everyone will talk about in years to come.
Next month we will be learning some new techniques coupled with what we have been learning so far in preparation for the gradings in March.
We have the children’s spring half term next month but classes will be open as normal, so if you are not going away, please continue to come to training!