Congratulations to Rami Ahmad from the infant class and Isabel Harviek from the junior class on receiving Student of the Month for July 2015. Both have made a fantastic start to July so were awarded accordingly .
I would like to welcome along to the class Isabel Block, Oliver Eaves who are both progressing really well in the infant glass – Isabel is learning to work well with the group and has left her teddy bear (which she loves to bring to class) now at home. Oliver is picking up the techniques really easy, as this may be a little advantage to himself by having parents who do martial arts. Well done to you both, and keep up the good work.
At the beginning of July, the Borehamwood students from the Thursday class went through a dummy run of their grading exam. We worked on getting all students to perform a single line down the centre of the mats partnered with another student to perform the techniques required. This lesson was to go over any last problems that some of the students may have for the gradings next week.
On 9th July 2015 the infant and junior classes were getting ready to undertake their grading exam, These tests are to assess how the student has progressed over the last three months performing regular tasks that are done every lesson. This could be anything from breakfalls to fitness, grappling both standing and kneeling. The children came to classes with plenty of enthusiasm and the goal to passing their grading exam.
With both classes performing line-up, questions about the club, clothing, objects in the class. What were the instructor’s names and who was the founder of the organisation. The higher grades within the class would be asked more difficult questions.
Shortly after it was time for the fitness tests where all students are assessed on their physical ability, first one would be press-ups, followed by sit-ups, leg raises and burpees. All students completed this quite well so time to move onto the next stage of the grading exam by testing students on techniques that they have been practising over the previous weeks.
The infant class were tested on escapes from being grabbed over/under the arms from the front and back. To keep the students on their toes we performed fitness in between techniques, this was to see how well they could still perform whilst being tired and a little hot.
The junior class were tested on Palm heal strikes 1-5, defences after your opponent throws a punch to your head.
With both the infant and junior class working really hard and performing their techniques to the best of their ability we implemented kneeling and standing grappling – this was the test their fighting spirit and to see how well they knew their techniques.
Isabel Harviek, Ope and Fayo Ashiru, have really been settling into the class, Ope and Fayo has started to learn all the basics. Isabel who was just awarded student of the month has made a great start; this might help by having an older brother in the adult class.
The following week we had any re-takes and students taking their exam because of being unable to attend the week before. We also had class games – a reward for passing! The game they really enjoy playing is called dodge ball with as many softballs as possible – they always have plenty of fun whilst playing this game and get an enormous sweat on.
Shortly after games we then finished the lesson off with class presentations when mums, dads, Grandparents and any other family member wish to come along and celebrate the passing of their grading exam.
The next few lessons we practiced a hold called scarf hold, we learnt how to hold our partner down correctly and what to do when they are starting to move around. We also learnt how to escape from this technique and not to rely on strength. We had plenty of fitness activities and grappling. We practiced a defence from being kicked to the head whilst on the ground – the infant class performing a basic version and the junior class taking it a stage further.
With the summer gradings now finished, students are getting ready for the summer holidays. If some of you are going away, I would like to wish you a safe journey and a lovely holiday! For those students that are staying behind, please remember that’s your Ju Jitsu classes will still be open through the summer holidays. Next month we look forward to carrying on with defences from being kicked to the head.
We are still open over the summer holidays; please bring a friend along for TWO free taster sessions!