The Student Of The Month for March was awarded to Jamie Chester from the Infants who has shown a great start to her Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu career. The Student Of The Month for the Junior class was awarded to Ben Knowles who continues to work hard in everything he does.
I would like to welcome along to the Infant class, Amy Spears and Rami Ahmad – both have really enjoyed their classes. They have just got their uniforms so will feel very much apart of the class.
In the Junior Class I would like to welcome Shiv Kotecha who knows Michael Reilly and enjoys training with him on a regular basis.
At the start of March we went over techniques needed for gradings, which were taking place the following week. The Infant class went over bridging, this is where you thrust your hips up as high as you can and manoeuvre your partner off to the side from being pinned by your partner. This technique could be used on other holds or pins, which they try when practicing Randori (free practice)
The other techniques they went over were take downs from a standing position; being able to go for your partners legs causing them to fall onto their back and pin them down using a number of different techniques.
The Junior class had different techniques to practice; strangles from different positions and a take down into a hold. The strangles was very comical for a few students at times because if you went anywhere near their necks they would burst into laughter and tuck their chin in.
With the practicing finished the previous week, the grading day arrived and the children were all pumped up and ready to go. The first class to go was the Infants; after demonstrating their routines that are carried out at the beginning of a class, we swiftly moved onto their fitness tests. Depending on the colour of belt determined the repetitions of each fitness technique.
The lower the belt, the fewer amounts would need to be performed and the higher the belt, the more was required. This was the format throughout their grading. Shortly after a water break they were paired together to demonstrate their grading techniques, one side to go first and repeat as many times as necessary before the other side doing the same.
The Junior class would perform the same routine but would require a higher standard. Both classes would then demonstrate their kneeling and standing grappling abilities. The higher belts of the class would be required to work harder near the end of the lesson.
It was a fantastic effort by all the children, and I was delighted to inform them they had passed. The following week we had the class games and presentations of their new belts. The presentations went really well with parents and family members taking pictures of their children.
Next month we look forward to working on some throwing techniques to finish off on the ground. We also have the children’s Easter half term. If you are going away I hope you have a great time but if you are unable to do so then please remember that classes are open all year round apart from a couple of weeks at Christmas.
17th May 2015 we have the Children’s Championships in Norfolk when children and adults can compete against each other to test their skills. Further information to follow and if you have any questions; please approach me at the club.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter break.