Congratulations to Jake Taylor from the Infants, Daniel Adebayo from the Junior group receiving student of the Month award for July 2014.
In July the Thursday Borehamwood Dojo Infant and Junior students undertook their class gradings to see if they are eligible to move to their next grade. Their grading exam started with line-up, questions about the club and terminology used in class. We ask some basic questions with the harder ones being asked to the older Junior class.
With line-up finished its time to get everyone warmed up in preparation for what they must undertake. Moving in a circular motion around the matted area, I would get the students moving their limbs in different directions to loosen up. With the warm up finished a quick stretch before leading onto breakfalls.
Time for a drink then straight into fitness tests. There are four main exercises that we get the students performing and those are Press-ups, Sit-ups, Leg-Raises and Burpees. The younger students would start with fives, progressively getting harder the higher belt they are trying to achieve. The Juniors follow the same format but starting with ten’s and as before getting harder the higher they go. From here it was more breakfalls again before a quick water break.
I gave the command for everyone to line up down the centre of the mat. The Infant class were then tested on their basic stances, with a couple looking at their arms for that all important reference point that they use. Excellent, all done then onto basic throws, repeating one for one till I was happy. From there the Infant class demonstrated their ability to block a punch, control and throw their partner to the floor by use of a throw before pinning them on the floor by one of three hold-downs: Scarf Hold, Shoulder Hold and Chest Hold. Each one was practiced individually, before repeating with different partners.
The Juniors using the same line up demonstrated a couple of rear strangles followed shortly by throws. These techniques were repeated again and again. With the class working well it was time to add a little more fitness with standing and kneeling grappling. Near the end of their grading exam the more senior belt of each class was placed into the centre of the mat and placed under a little more pressure; more fitness, more techniques and more kneeling and standing grappling. Both classes worked very hard and went away a little hot and sweaty.
The following week was any re-tests, followed by games, which can be a big highlight for the students after working hard.
With the classes all lined up, receiving their new belts, there is grate fulfilment of throwing their old belts into the sky shouting “Ishin Ryu,” at the top their voices!
The rest of the month we had great fun working with the blindfolds and exploring the possibility of not been able to use your eyesight whilst grappling.
In the Adult class I would like to welcome along Michael Yerrill-Asser who has joined us in July is enjoying his training. John Klapwijk has also returned to training, hopefully it will not be long before you are back to where you started.
The Adult class had great fun learning some new techniques that Soke Kevin Pell is considering to bring back into the syllabus. We worked on knife techniques, straight baton techniques and Kubaton. Some of the Kubaton techniques gave a great watery feeling to the eyes as the ridges of the Kubaton are running down the nerves in your face just below your nose. Soke also showed us some modifications to a defence against a handshake.
Simon Fletcher who travelled from Newcastle gave Soke a shock when a big “OSU,” was yelled from the edge of the dojo, as Soke turned a big smile and cheer was given…
During other lessons we worked on fireman lifts and casualty drags which is a great workout for the legs.
Near the end of the month we worked on some counters to throws. Using Sempai Sam Gladdy as a Uke he was a bit bemused to where he may be going; we practiced a few different combinations before getting every group to try and put a combination together from some of the throws they know. It was a fantastic effort from all and enjoyable lesson.
The club Social which is the last lesson of every month was a good turnout and saw a few leaving direct from work to join us and catch up over a pint or two…