Firstly I would like to welcome to the class Jack Baker to the class I hope you enjoy training with Ishin Ryu Jujitsu. I would also like to say well done to Aran Kilich and George Turner who are the students of the month for the Friday class at the Bushey Grove Dojo., well done boys and keep up the hard work.
The infant class training on Saturday mornings are all getting ready for the national competition that is coming up in the next few weeks. The class begins every week with a warm up and then the children practising their breakfalls in preparation for the next part of the lesson. The students then practise their basic throws, firstly the hip throw which is probably the most basic of the throws but still very effective. Then the students have been doing a body drop which is a faster throw and will be very useful during the competition. During each week, Sempai Tom and I have seen a massive improvement in the infant class. I would like to say a huge well done to Thomas Ashby who has been training really hard on his throws and always turning up for training, well done I think you are going to be one to watch in the national championships.
The class have then been learning some new holds, particularly the upper four-quarters, this is an excellent technique to pin your opponent whilst grappling as well as offering a neck lock if done correctly. With this technique the students should be able to excel in the grappling contest. I think that the students from the Bushey Grove Dojo are going to be the ones to watch at the competition.
The junior class have also been getting geared up for the competition. They have been getting ready by practising some new arm locks. The first of these is the straight arm bar, this is an excellent technique that can be used directly from a scarf hold. The following technique the students have learnt is the arm entanglement; this is a technique that can be used when the opponent struggles too much during an arm bar. Each week I have seen everyone starting to get excited for the competition, but more than most Charlie Palmer has been itching to take part, and he is definitely got his eyes set on the gold medal.
Following this the junior class have been practising a new throw, called the inside hock which is found in the adults’ green belt syllabus. This is an extremely quick throw which is exceptionally useful during stand up grappling as it is very quick and can be done face to face. The students practised this in pairs hundreds of times to make sure their technique was perfect so that they will be able to implement it during the national competition. I would like to say well done to Jack Fraser and Bailey Woods who have recently joined us and they are both doing extremely well. Keep it up boys.
The teenager class have had excellent spirit and focus during their preparation for the national championships. They have been grappling with great concentration and treating every bout like it’s the final. They have been grappling with several opponents at the start of every lesson to make sure they are used to grappling people of all shapes and sizes when the competition date arrives.
The teenage students have also learnt some new chokes that they can use whilst grappling on the ground in the competition. These are the sleeve wheel choke and collar and bar choke, both from a front kneeling position. These are excellent techniques which will allow the students to not only get a tap out from chokes whilst their opponent is on their back but when they are kneeling as well. Doing particularly well is Nathan Morris, he is training really hard for Ishin Ryu Jujitsu national grappling competition. He will definitely be one to watch. They have also been practising the reclining leg throw, which is an excellent technique for completion as it not only causes the opponent to land on his back but the person throwing ends up on top of them in a perfect position to produce a lock to win the bout. I have no doubt that this class will do well in the competition.