The Borehamwood Dojo Thursday has seen a large increase in numbers in the Infant and Adult classes. The young Infant students who joined us in the past few months have being getting on really well, learning all the basics. To help get the breakfall repetition I lined the students up at the side of the mat; keeping a good space between them they ran to the centre of the mat, performed a forward roll, ran to the other side, touched the edge and then repeated the process coming back. They performed this many times before repeating the process with their side breakfalls. This is quite tiring so there is abig emphasis on making sure it’s carried out correctly.
We also practiced our breakfalls in a different way; this time they partnered up down the centre of the mat facing each other. On the command go they performed a high ten, turned around to perform a forward roll and raced back to the start. This worked on speed, agility and disorientation and created lots of smiles as they tried competing against each other. We then repeated this process with a rear breakfall and seeing who could stand back up first.
Throughout the month we repeatedly worked on a couple of throws. As they have been learning the throws last month we were able to do a quick recap, partner everyone up and get everyone to demonstrate on each other. To keep it a little more exciting I added a game which implemented using these throwing techniques.
The Juniors were able to take it a stage further by completing the throw and placing an arm bar on their partner. I demonstrated the arm bar and explained all the little technical details to get it just right.
We had some relay races, which worked on their personal fitness and added a little fun to the lesson by getting the students to perform casualty drags. Paired together, one of the students would sit down whilst the other would stand behind them. Using their belts they would loop the belt around their body and drag their partner to the other end and back again before swapping over. This was great fun and got everyone excited!
The adult class has been growing stronger and stronger over the past few months with young teenage students moving up. You wouldn’t think they were that young, as they tend to tower above most of the adults! This years Shochu Geiko is fast approaching and we tend to have good numbers in attendance.
Gideon Levy has returned after finishing at university and should be on route for his gradings in December. Although Gideon was away at university, when he did have time off, he would get himself back to the club and continue his training which I think takes a lot when its so easy not to do so. Well-done Gideon, good effort! John Klapwijk is back with us training and is doing so well, after a few years out and looking ten years younger is making me quite jealous!! Lovely to see you back training John. Amber Gill’s little sister Yasmin Gill has now moved to the adult class and will be in great hands from the support from all the other adults. Christele Annis is away at the moment due to an operation but wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back soon! Good practicing this months syllabus and all this hard work will truly pay off when it comes to gradings in December.
As the month closes we get ready to move the adult class at Borehamwood to the new dojo at Aldenham School Sports Centre. Although this will be a sad time for Ishin Ryu, it will be better for Adult students as they will get a larger space to train in and with the added advantage of having better acoustics. With the new dojo being twenty metres long and seven metres wide it will truly be the largest matted dojo in Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu. I look forward to letting you all now next month how the first night went.
We also now have the opportunity to train at Borehamwood on a Tuesday evening, giving everyone an extra two hours training a week with no added increase to the months training fees. I hope everyone takes full advantage of this great opportunity.