Firstly I would just like to say congratulations to our students of the months Louis Franks and Marcus Firby for being Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Student of the Month for April. Well done boys you have both earned this award.
Following their recent success in their grading, the infant class have been enjoying wearing their new belts this month whilst preparing for their next challenge – the national championships. Each lesson has begun with many rounds of grappling from standing position as the children practise the holds and locks they already know.
The next part of each lesson has involved the students learning new throws that may be useful in a grappling scenario; these have included body drops and the sweeping loin throw, both of which are found in the adults’ syllabus. The infants are training so hard with these throws that often more than the usual amount of water has had to be drunk as the children push themselves harder and harder to be prepared for the competition. I have seen some great throws from Alex Fir Dontas. I think you are going to do really well in the National Championships.
Finally, the students have had a go at some more advanced ground work, particularly the upper four-quarters and the broken upper four-quarters. These two hold downs are useful as they prevent you getting rolled on to your back once you’re on top of the opponent. Hopefully with all these aspects of training the students will compete very effectively.
The teenager students have been concentrating on the upcoming championships as well. They have been practising all the throws from the respective syllabuses at the start of every lesson as well as having several bouts of grappling with different opponents.
The next part of the lessons has involved the students learning some new chokes. The first choke they have been practising is the single wing choke. This is an excellent alternative to the usual naked choke for when the opponent is struggling. The next choke practised is the sliding collar and lapel, this uses the opponent’s gi to choke them and therefore give a tap out. We are looking forward to seeing some of teenagers fight and also defend their titles, you are all doing so well, I think you are all going to do brilliant in the Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu National Championships.
Next month we are going to be concentrating on our stand up grappling, in preparation for the competition which is only round the corner. I know that everyone is looking forward to it and I can’t wait to see you all there.
I would just like to remind everyone that the national championships will be taking place on 17th May so if you want to enter make sure you hand all the relevant information before the 9th May. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone good luck to everyone taking part.