I would like to start the Borehamwood Thursday Ju Jitsu Club October report by congratulating Marie Ana Ardeleane from the Infants, Timi Afolabi from the Junior group for receiving student of the Month for October 2014. During the month Infant and Junior students have been working diligently on throwing techniques.
The Infant class last month started work on two main throws, “Body drop and Knee wheel,” we continued with the same techniques but this time following it up into three hold downs. The hold-downs we worked on were, Scarf hold, Chest hold and Side four quarters. They have been working really hard at coupling these techniques together. I incorporated many games to help in the aid of repetition. They all have had fun at relay races; this is a time when they try beating their apposing team members. We mixed the activities up so they have a combination of techniques we practiced.
In the Junior class they have been doing the same throws, as they are older we are able to make it a little more interesting by adding more. This time they would learn how to block an incoming punch, use the throwing technique they practiced and then finish off with an arm-bar and axe kick. We started with the block and punch. We steadily worked through learning how to defend it, learning the correct footwork and where your hands should be. For the punch, I pointed out what type we were doing. Each side practiced this about ten times before changing partners around the class as everyone reacts a little different. We were making good progress so we were able to continue and now add the throw. The process was repeated before adding the arm-bar and axe kick. For the arm-bar and axe kick I went into the technical side so all students could learn the little details, which really help with this. The main emphasis is always on safety and ensuring that we look after each other whilst training.
We continued this technique for a few weeks before getting ready for the Ishin Ryu Family Fun Day. This Family Fun Day raises as much money as we can for our charity “Hounds For Heroes”
Hounds for Heroes provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision we aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life. With having the parents involved on the mat they are able to practice techniques, forward rolls, breakfalls, grappling and anything else the children are doing.
The evening went spectacularly well with all parents from both classes getting involved with all activities. Parents had a little practice at the warm-up games at the beginning of the lesson, breakfalls straight after and then into relay races. Its great to see adults get competitive as they try a little harder at beating the opposing teams. We had a little practice at standing and kneeling grappling when the young students try to get the better of mum and dad; sometimes getting a little close.
I would like to thank all the parents and family that gave up their time to participate in this great event for charity…!
Next month we look for to the children’s grading when we see if they can perform the techniques they have been practicing…