Congratulations to Samantha Myers and Ilan Schogger on receiving student of the month for December 2014. Both have been working hard during training.
During December we worked on an escape from the mounted position, grappling and fitness trying to get our press-ups right.
The Infant Class learned escaping form a mounted position; e.g.- one person would be pinned to their back whilst the other person being straddled on top of them stopping them get out of position. As their young minds are developing, we started off in sections to make things a little easier. First thing was to get them to perform, “Bridging,” this is when you raise your hips as high as you can using your feet and legs and try get a big pelvic thrust. That was the first stage; we then moved onto transferring our weight onto one of your shoulders depending on which direction you wanted.
With them getting the grasp of the technique it was time to show them from a mounted position. They learned how to control their partner’s arms and legs to then create the escape. We made a little drill for the technique, which helped with repetition.
Standing and kneeling grappling was also worked on, being able to work with different size opponents and of course trying to perfect the escape from the mount, if you were suddenly found caught in that position.
We had a little practice at trying to develop the press-up with a few static holds to work on their core strength and doing multiple rounds of full press-ups. Their arms were a little tired but good training for that muscle group.
With December being the last month of the year we decided to make the last lesson a bit of a fun lesson and incorporate different games. The Junior group really had fun playing dodge ball.
Students from the Borehamwood Ju Jitsu club celebrated Hanukkah (The Jewish Festival of Lights) this month whilst others got ready for Christmas and relaxation period.
With 2015 on our doorstep, we look forward to celebrating Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s 25th Anniversary when all adult students gather together in one direction to celebrate a quarter of a century. This evening will truly be a spectacular event with one hundred and eighty people in attendance. We will see how many people will have their dancing shoes on for that evening.
I look forward to seeing everyone back training for our first lesson on Thursday the 8th January 2015.
I would like to wish everyone at the Borehamwood Ju Jitsu club a very Merry Christmas and those in the Jewish community a joyful time celebrating Hanukkah and hope that everyone has a Happy New Year.