I would like to congratulate our Students of the Month for July, Ella Steel and Louis Franks. They have shown great commitment to their training and have really got stuck into their this month. Well done and keep up the good work.
This month we have had the national gradings take place. The Borehamwood Tuesday Ju Jitsu club were outstanding. This was one of the best gradings I have ever seen them do. We started off with the infants. This class had to show me and Sensei Tom some basic shoulder arm locks and some basic throws. After this, they started to get hot and sweaty.
They then went through countless rounds of grappling and fitness which did not slow them down. Then Sensei Tom got involved – he had them running up and down, rapid breakfalls and even more grappling! By the end of the infant class everyone was hot and sweaty and relived the grading was over. Well done to everyone who took part. You were all amazing.
The juniors worked just as hard if not harder! They saw what the infants had to do and they knew they had to do better. We started off with a basic warm up which then turned into breakfalls and then into basic fitness test. Moving on from this we then started to go into the technical side of the grading. This involved basic throws locks and chokes.
Not one student struggled on this, which was very impressive. Lastly we ended with grappling with questions thrown in. By the end of the lesson all the students were relieved to hear that they have passed.
The last gradings which were held this month were the Teenager gradings. Both me and Sensei Tom were both astonished.
It was fantastic seeing such incredible students do amazing things. The white belts going to white red didn’t know what to expect as this was their first teenager grading. For their first time we could see how nervous they were, but they didn’t let that faze them. They came in and performed and fantastic grading. Congratulations to everyone who took part.
The yellow belts had a hard time. Sensei Tom made sure that they were going to earn that grade. I would like to say well done to all the students that took part. The last gradings that took place was the orange belts going to green. This wasn’t as hard physically as the other gradings but it was mentally hard.
They had to break down every technique and show us they understood why they are doing that technique. This proved to be very difficult for the orange belts but in the end they managed it and performed amazingly. Well done everyone. It was brilliant to watch you all grade.
Next month we will be going over some old syllabus just so we don’t get rusty on previous work. This is so we can keep techniques we haven’t done for a while fresh in the mind.
As it is that time of the year again, I know most of you will jet setting off and sitting in the sun all day. If you are going away I hope you have an amazing time and I will see you upon your return.