Borehamwood Tuesday Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, May 2014

First off all I would just like to say welcome to Samantah Myers, Raffaelle Marra Joseph George, we hope you enjoy training with us. I would also like to say congratulations to Rudi Marks and Charlie Barry for being awarded the student of the month award for May. Keep up the good work!!!

Archie Moore receiving Student of the Month for the Infant Class…

Archie Moore receiving Student of the Month for the Infant Class…

Nicole Green receiving Student of the Month for the Junior Class…

Nicole Green receiving Student of the Month for the Junior Class…

Sempai Mike Tuohy receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!

Sempai Mike Tuohy receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!

Having competed so brilliantly in the National Championships everyone who entered the competition from the Borehamwood Dojo was amazing, I could not have been more proud of you all. Big well done if you won a medal, I know that the Borehamwood Clubs walked away with a lot of medals.
The infant class have been training very hard this past month. The class were not prepared to take their foot off the gas and all the children have worked very hard to keep the pace up. Each class has begun with a warm up where the students practise their breakfalls and ensure they raise their heart beat. After the warm up and a quick drink, all the students gather together to watch a demonstration of new techniques. The main technique that has been practised this month was the Shoulder arm lock; this is an excellent lock to control one’s opponent whilst remaining stood up.
The children would begin by going through the technique slowly and with each passing lesson all the children have become quite accomplished at performing this technique with pace and control.
The junior class have been training have been training epically hard each lesson has begun with several bouts of grappling in order to keep the pace up and not forget the skills recently learnt. Following this, the children have been trying to master some new wrist locks. These are found in the Adults’ brown belt syllabus and whilst fairly technical are very effective.
The children have been training with several different partners so that they can have a go at partners of different size and perhaps more importantly with this technique, partners of different levels of flexibility. Two partners that worked really well together are Alex Fry-Dontas and David Gerber. It was amazing watch you two train together. Well done.
Finally each class has ended by the children practising their basic throws and a few more bouts of grappling!
The teenager class worked exceptionally hard to prepare for the National Championships and all performed excellently on the day. However, this month the students have realised just how quickly the gradings can creep up on them and so have been doing a lot of training in each of the respective syllabuses. Each lesson has begun with a warm up consisting of lots of basic throws, press ups, sit ups, leg raises and of course burpees. Then after a quick drink of water all the students would find the other students preparing to grade for the same belt and begin practising their syllabus.
Finally, the last half hour or so of each lesson the students have been put through their paces in a grading format, the names of techniques were called out and the students would have to execute them with press ups and throws between every technique.
Lastly I would like to say good luck to William Forrester and Jerome Badu who are leaving us to join the adult class; I think you will flourish training with the adults. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it.

Infant Class warming up!

Infant Class warming up!

A nice large Junior Class!

A nice large Junior Class!

Sempai Jack O’Brien receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!

Sempai Jack O’Brien receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!

Sempai Sam Gladdy receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!

Sempai Sam Gladdy receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!

Sempai Mike Tuohy receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!

Sempai Mike Tuohy receiving his Shodan-Ho Belt from Soke!