In April, the Borehamwood Thursday Ju Jitsu club started the month off with awarding student of the month. This time it was going to be awarded to young Archie Knowles form the infant class who has shown tremendous advancement in his training. When Archie first started with me, he was quite scared and perhaps a little bit worried that everyone was a little bit too big. With time Archie has come out of his shell and is not afraid to try anything that is thrown at him. Really proud of you Archie, keep up the good work!
In the junior class student of the month was awarded to Timi Afolabi who is very persistent with his training. Timi is also very helpful, courteous, when training with others and is liked by all. Timi continues to work hard each month. Well-done Timi another great month!
Throughout the month of April, we have been working on a variety of throws, including shoulder throw. We started off with some basic drills, footwork and arm work before completing the entire throw. We spent the whole of one lesson getting the class to drill just the movement of this throw, mixing it up with different activities to help aid with repetition.
With the class now confident with what the arms and legs are doing we moved onto the complete throw, going over a few little helpful tips to landing safely. This was more geared towards the infant class. With both classes now completing some descent throws, I would make it a lot more interesting by completing relay races and other activities to gain repetition.
Another throw that we worked on this month was “Dropping reverse body drop,” a very quick throw when executed quickly. To help the student’s confidence with this throw we performed it on a crash mat which I found really helped everyone. After spending a good amount of time with these throws we were able to finish them off with a hold down of their choice.
With the junior classes being able to perform a variety of different locks and chokes I decided to work on a rear naked choke, that when applied swift with correct technique is devastating. Before actually performing the choke I sat the class down to discuss the safety for this so all students are completely happy with what they must do. It’s been a fantastic month with all learning something new. Well-done to everyone working so hard.
Tips and advice for the Month
- When entering or leaving the dojo, always face the front, bow and say “Osu”
- When late for class, kneel facing the instructor at the edge of the dojo floor, wait to be called into class.
- Do not eat, chew gun, smoke or drink in the dojo.
- Do not remove any part of your GI during training without being told to do so.
- Never practice unless an instructor is present.
- Do not leave your position without permission from the instructor.
- Address your instructor as Sempai, Sensei or Shihan as the case may be.
- Do not address an instructor by their first name in class.
- Do not swear, laugh, giggle, talk, lounge or act inattentively during training.
- Your GI must be washed and neat.
- Turn away from the front of class to adjust your GI.
- For the sake of safety and neatness, do not wear jewellery.
- Keep your toenails and fingernails cut short.
- Be sure to go to the toilet prior to training.
- Avoid eating for at least one hour before class starts.
- Acknowledge all instructions with a strong “Osu”
Please could you follow these guidelines.
Next month we will be combining these throws with a variety of different starts, whether you are the attacker or defender, you will be learning different punches and blocks and then finish off the technique with a variety of different finishes, strikes, locks or pins. An exciting month to come…
On Sunday 22nd May 2016, students from all over the country will be competing in the Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Children’s Championships to see who will be the National champion in their weight category. If you wish your son/daughter to participate in this event, then please remember that all forms need to be handed in by no later than the 14th May 2016. I would like to wish everyone the very best of luck and look forward to telling you all how everything went.
Please visit our website www.ishinryu.com as much as possible as I submit reports every month about the students training during the previous month. This is a great opportunity to see if you have been mentioned or appear in a photo.
We also have the new calendar page where you can have a look at upcoming events so you can plan ahead. You can also leave feedback on each of the reports or comment on your son/daughters club and share them to your Facebook pages.
If you have any questions or you are unsure of anything, please catch me at the club where I will be happy to help!
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