I would like to start the month off by saying a big well done to September’s student of the month, Yonatan Havkin. Yonatan has been working so hard and gives 100% every lesson. Well done Yonatan keep up the good work. I would also like to say a big well done to Leo Kaufman – he has been working very hard the past month and he doesn’t mind getting stuck in to grappling with the high grades well done Leo keep up the good work.
The Borehamwood infant class have worked extremely well this past month. After quick warm ups and stretches at the beginning of each class, we have gone back to the very basics, making sure all the children have perfect fighting stances with good balance and posture. Following this we have practised different strikes from our fighting stances such as jab and reverse punches and front-snap kicks. We have then incorporated these strikes into a game of “Sensei says” (remarkably similar to “Simon says”).
The infant class have then split up into pairs and watched demonstrations of some ground holds. We have particularly focused on side control and side four-quarters, which are similar techniques that control the opponent on the floor and can also give a submission. Finally at the end of each lesson the children have had an opportunity to try these new holds in lots of grappling bouts against opponents of different sizes. we have seen a major interest with the Borehamwood Tuesday class as we keep having new students come down and join in. I hope you are enjoying the lesson and decide to carry on training with us.
The junior class have also been training exceptionally hard. Each class has begun with a difficult warm up incorporating lots of push ups and burpees. The class have then demonstrated all of their breakfalls, including the front rolling breakfall which is particularly difficult. The students have then been learning a range of different techniques. The first of these is the shoulder arm lock, this is a very controlled technique that is used after blocking a punch to the head to control the opponent and more specifically their arm.
Another technique we have practised is the major outer reap throw. This is a different type of throw to one that many of the students would have seen before. Rather than lifting the opponent off their feet, this throw takes their feet out from under them providing a very quick technique. The students all practised this slowly at first, ensuring they had all the technical aspects correct before really throwing their partners. Finally, the children have practised two naked chokes from the rear. These are two chokes that can be used during grappling or whilst standing that use the forearm across the neck to choke the opponent.
The teenagers’ class have been working mainly on their syllabus this past month. The lessons have begun with a quick warm up and then a demonstration of all the breakfalls. We have particularly been ensuring that the students were able to do a front rolling breakfall picking up a weapon and how to control it once they are on their feet as well. The students would then split into their syllabus groups and continue learning the techniques necessary for them to progress onto their next belt. This made the class have an excellent vibe as the mat was being used for a variety of techniques whether throws, ground work or weapon based. Finally each of the classes would end with several bouts of grappling and sets of throws between each round.
Next month is going to be a special month as we are going to have all the mums and dads on the mat with the students on the years Ishin Ryu family fun night. All the kids are super excited to have a change to do Ju Jitsu with their mums and dads.
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Tom Garvin Sensei