Firstly I would just like to say congratulations to our students of the months Oliver Torpy and Thomas Kingsmill for being Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Student of the month for the month of April, well done boys you have both earned this award. I would also like to welcome Roy Ratcliff, Ana Caetano, Jodie Marle, and Dino Ratcliff and also would like to welcome back Holly and Taylor- Ray Andrews and Maisie-Mae Briggs, lastly I would like to say welcome to Charlie Barry and Preyan Sen who have joined us from the Thursday class, I hope you all enjoy training with Ishin Ryu Jujitsu.
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 Amber Jackson I think you are going to do really well in the National Championships.
The final aspect of the lesson has been practising hold downs as these are what will win the competition. The first of these that have been taught is the side four quarters, which enables the opponent’s entire body to be controlled with minimal physical effort, an excellent technique to use during any grapple. Another technique practised was the scarf hold, although the most basic of the holds it is highly effective and very easy to produce should the opponent make any mistake during the grapple. We have seen some exceptional hold downs from the students, especially from Ella Steel who is able to perform a perfect scarf hold on anyone in the class. Keep up the good work.
The junior class have also been sporting their new belts with pride and have shown superb focus whilst preparing for the national championships. The students have begun every lesson with a quick warm up and demonstration of all their breakfalls to get them in the mood for a lot of throws! They have worked in partners and practiced several types of throw. The first of these is the hip throw, whilst the most basic technically of all the throws it is still highly effective and very easy to spot an opportunity to use it during a grapple. The next throws the students have been working on are the major outer reap and sweeping loin, these are very different to the hip throw and so the children will be able to use these techniques in different situations should they arise during the contest. Sempai Tom was astounded with some of the throws that were demonstrated by the students.
In the next part of the lesson the students have been learning some new locks. The first of these is the figure four arm lock on the ground, if done correctly the students will be able to get an easy tap from their opponents whilst grappling on the floor. The second lock the children have been learning is the straight arm bar; this requires speed but once executed correctly will give a very fast tap out allowing our student to win! I would like to say well done to Holly and Taylor-Ray Andrews who have both to been able to pick up these techniques with great ease.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 teenagers 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 Jit Su National Championships.
The final aspect of the lesson has been a chance for the children to practise the hold down they already know through several bouts of grappling however they have been working slowly to allow technique to be practised more than brute strength. Jerome Badu and William Forrester have been training practically hard in preparation for this competition, I have no doubt that you will be great.