Congratulations to Lois Gold from the Infants, and Tyler Raymond from the Juniors, on receiving student of the Month for November 2014.
After having our Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Family Fun Day in October, it looks like we have raised lots of money for the Ishin Ryu’s Charity, “Hounds for Heroes.” When all money has been collated we will be able to announce who will be in-line to receive an award for the most money raised.
At the start of November we worked on techniques for the class gradings on Thursday 13th November. Grading day arrived and the children prepared themselves at the side of the mat. I bowed the children onto the mat, in reply was a loud “OSU,” the senior belt was called to the front to line the class up. We performed our line-up, dojo Kun (Training oath) performed at the beginning of every class. Spoken in Japanese and in English, over time the children will remember this well. Questions are then asked to individuals to test their knowledge about their club. We then went straight into the warm-up – normally we would do a game at the beginning and end of a class but as its gradings, no games will be played.
The children paired up with a partner to start their fitness tests. Their fitness test consisted of four exercises; press-ups, sit-ups, leg raises and burpees. The lowest grades would start with five of each and then gradually increase for students that were going for a higher belt. The Junior class follow the same protocol but start with ten and then increase. A quick sip of water before the children would then have to perform their techniques. We worked our way through, mixing it up with fitness, standing and kneeling grappling, random throws and repeating as many times as possible. Both classes worked really hard and I was very pleased.
The following week was games week and presentations. As the Infants entered the dojo they were in suspense to whether they passed their gradings. I quickly replied to announce that they all passed.
“YEAH!” they shouted with joy. “We can now have games”
The Juniors had a couple of students grading on presentation week due to them not being to well the week before. With them successfully passing, we moved onto the games. With the games we mixed it up with different activities, bringing the crash mats out so they could perform forward flips and then dive in any way possible. They all had great fun.
On presentations, there was a big applause from parents watching their children walk out to the front of the class and receive their new belts and certificates. One by one starting with the lowest belt, leading right up to the highest. Congratulations to Harry Photiou receiving his 1st Mon (Black/White) Harry has made it all the way to the top of his Infant grades. Well done Harry.
The last week of the month, we had relay races against each other. They really do enjoy working on fitness; some have a real competitive streak. We also had rounds of grappling with multiple changes to partners. I look forward to seeing you all in December when we get ready for the Christmas shutdown.