Congratulations to Amy Spears (Infant class) and Noah Grose (Junior class receiving student of the month for May 2015! Amy has shown fantastic progress to the start of her Martial arts career. Noah continues to try hard every lesson. Well done to the both of you!
With the Championships just around the corner, we decided to concentrate our efforts with practicing stand up grappling. I gave them a quick instruction to what I was looking for and broke them off into groups to practice. Each pair must stand still and show good etiquette towards each other by a formal bow. We achieved this with ease, the children would then take a good control of each other by me giving the command “TAKE HOLD,” shortly followed by the word “HAJIME,” (Begin) The children would then practice their throwing and take down ability’s with each other. The Infant class worked really well and I saw some cracking throws and pins, well done to you all, a great start to the month.
The following week, I sat the infant class down to go over little pointers about standing and kneeling grappling and for those competing in the Championships. We then partnered up to practice our standing grappling. I was really impressed by some of the infant student’s ability and how they can link the throw to a pin quickly. We changed partners many times as everyone has different abilities and will grapple in different ways.
We concluded the lesson with rounds of sumo – two people in the middle trying to throw out of the ring. It’s a valuable way to learn about breaking balance and feeling where your partner pulls and pushes. The children really enjoyed this and requested we perform again!
The third week of the month we started the lesson with a gentle warm up before demonstrating to the class a defence from when grabbed from behind. With a quick knock to the hand, they would secure the hand, rotate and turn it into a shoulder arm lock, count to five and then repeat it with their partner.
The last lesson of the month we started the lesson of with a gentle warm-up and then started practicing the same technique as last week. We also went through a defence from grabbed from the front. They would all have five goes each, then we would play a game using the technique; one person would be the catcher (Normally starting with myself) run around and tag as many people as possible, once caught they would standstill and the only way to get freed was to perform the technique just practiced. They really enjoyed this and a great way to get repetition.
The junior class followed in the same footsteps as the infant class; the difference being the junior class could perform strangles, wristlocks, arm bars and multiple different techniques due to their learning ability. With a few rounds with different partners the class then practiced a side control pin and submission to aid them further when the grappling goes to the floor. The class then finished with a few rounds of fitness to get the blood pumping. Great lesson, well done!
The following week the junior class started classes with a game warm-up and anyone that couldn’t tie their belts from when we practiced a few weeks ago were sat to the side to go over it again.
With breakfalls completed we went over the format for the Championships on Sunday 17th May, what you are not allowed to do and what you must do! We then partnered up to practice stand-up grappling. Our young students, Harry Photiou, Sam Ralph, Daniel Fava, and Taylor McGinnity are trying out the junior class after moving from the infants and really settling in well! Good effort boys! As the infant class finished off their class with sumo, we followed in the same footsteps; they had great fun and loved competing against each other.
During the third week of the month, lessons began with a few relay races. With four teams of six they would get the last person to crawl through the legs until they reached the front, once they had performed this it would then be repeated until everyone had reached the other side and then back again, a great team game and enjoyed by all. We then went into the same technique as the infant class performed but added a strike at the end.
The last lesson of the month for the junior class started with basic breakfalls before going into multiple defences from grabbed either to the front or to the rear. We practiced three techniques all finishing with a shoulder arm lock. A few of the senior grades came to the front of the class to demonstrate the techniques before going away to practice.
On the 17th May 2015, we had the British Championships and everyone was super excited for the day! The arena was all set up over the weekend and with all the referees arriving early Sunday morning for a quick briefing.
Young Max Fruhauf, Vasillis Photiou, Taylor McGinnity, Lois Gold, Dylan Fava, Eduard Jica, Harry Photiou and Daniel Fava entered into the infant category. Harry and Daniel got first place and ranked British Champion within their weight division. “Well-done to the both of you” Vasillis and Max got third place (Bronze) a magnificent achievement for the Borehamwood Thursday Ju Jitsu club. I was very proud of all that entered into the Championships as it takes great courage to test yourself under pressure.
In the junior category Teyan Karuthosami and Chloe Ronayne entered into the Championships but unfortunately didn’t quite make the top three places, both had some tremendous fights and fought with great courage and determination even after getting injured. I’m very proud of the both of you, next year you will have a lot more experience and get a lot closer to your goals. Well done!
Next month we will be concentrating all our efforts into techniques needed for grading in July… it’s been a great month, well done to you all!