We celebrated the start of April with bringing in student of the month, which was awarded, to Raeef Mohammadi from the Infant grades, Rory Goldsmith from the first junior group and Isaiah Oparinde from the second junior group. “Well-done guys, fantastic effort by all of you”
For Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu, April was set to be a quiet month as it was the children’s half term and lots of holidays being booked, so many were away.
The infants have been learning a few throws so we kept that format going and started to prepare them to perform some hip throws. First we worked on getting their body in the right place. With lots of repetition they all started to get the hang of things. A little help was needed here and there. Moving on from the positioning we were able to bring in the crash mats and give them a little more confidence to achieve this throw. With Sempai Tom Garvin at one crash mat and myself at another we ensured that they carried out the throw to the best of their ability. There was lots of fun and laughter and a few crashing onto the mat.
Throughout the rest of the month we worked on some more Ju Jutsu techniques and put are hands at learning inside hock. Once they had learnt this throw a little I decided to make a game from it to aid in repetition and of course having fun at the same time. “Stuck in the mud,” was the game. One person being the catcher would run around the mat and try to tag as many people as possible. Once caught you would stand still with your legs wide apart and hands out. If you were caught and stuck the only way that you could get free was by someone crawling between your legs from behind, turning around and giving a high ten. (Similar to a high five but just using both hands) they would then perform an ‘Inside Hock,’ which then of course meant that they were free and able to run around again. There is always a lot of fun doing it this way and with the added advantage of everyone getting lots of reps.
Juniors also followed the start of the month the same as the infants with performing hip throws.
As we have worked previously with inside hock with the juniors I decided to do something a little different. With all the juniors sat in the middle waiting I came out with a yellow stretchy band, with a few bemused faces and questions I explained to the children what they were in aid of. The bands were to help with repetition to try and achieve pulling action and get your partner of balance, the first main aspect needed to perform a good throw when your partner is resisting.
Before we started I gave a little safety talk first to insure that they didn’t try letting go of the bands whilst performing these. These bands were the lightest and if let go would not hurt.
Starting with one hand first they would create a pulling action and try bring their hand towards their mouths, with a little tension on the band to give them a little workout on their arms. From there we moved onto the other arm also creating a pulling action but this time imagining that you have a watch on and each time you pulled you would look at your watch giving an opening to perform a throw. The last part of this was to get both hands working at the same time.
We also practiced our standing randori (free practice) to see if we could try implementing some of these techniques.
The month of April for teenagers and adults was also set to be quiet with having half term for the teenagers and good Monday in the month there was going to be family’s going away wishing to break up the year with a little holiday.
The beginning of April we worked on our Jiu Jitsu syllabus for the teenagers and tried to fine tune their techniques needed for gradings. Jessica Marshall had no one to train with during a lesson so I decided to partner up with her and help her through her breaking ground strangles. Jessica would perform some fitness whilst I moved around the mat helping others. Once the teenagers had finished their hour’s lesson I moved onto the adults and continued helping around.
A little time left it was good to pick it up a gear and get all the senior grades practicing their fireman’s carry. “Three times around the mat then straight into a little more fitness” Starting at one end they would perform a pyramid system (Twenty of an exercise then fifteen, ten and finishing off with five) running to the opposite end of the mats perform twenty of the following exercises (press-ups, sit-ups, leg raises and burpees) run to the other end fifteen of everything and so on. They all performed brilliantly and got a good sweat on.
It was great to see Matthew Buckner back on the mat and training hard with Rikesh Shah going through white and yellow belt Ju Jitsu Syllabus.
Once everyone was back from his or her little Easter break we were able to get a good sweat on with everyone, multiple hip throws, fitness, grappling and randori.
There has also been a lot of illness flying around and making many students un-well. Thankfully it was not passed onto myself “that would have messed up my day,” unfortunately my partner Sharon was not fortunate and being bed ridden half the week.
Although being a quiet month, it’s being a good month and everyone training hard especially from the brown/black belts who have there up and coming Shodan-Ho scheduled for the 11th May 2014. It will be a hard day for all and wish you all good luck! “You have definitely placed a lot into it.
Hopefully this time next month we will have lots of Shodan-Ho’s…