During May we saw two bank holidays but with the great news that we are now fortunate to have the clubs remaining open on bank holidays which means if family’s are not away, their children can still continue their training.
Student of the Month was awarded to Seth Freeman from the Infant group, Alexander Goldsmith from the first Junior group and Daniel Miller from the second junior group. Well done boys, well deserved.
During the month of May Infant grades have been following on from what they had learned last month. Last month we worked on throwing technique “Major Outer Reap and Inside Hock with a Hold Down” we decided to work on a defence from a Round House Punch then finish with techniques learned previous. I made a big emphasis on getting the young students to start off slowly and not go to fast. By doing this they can absorb the technique better, once perfected they can then get faster. After practicing this I made a game to help aid repetition and keep their attention span more active with the advantage of keeping fit.
The Junior groups have been working on Rear Strangles and the importance and safety, what could happen if you take it to far. I demonstrate the strangle technique and break it down into sections so to understood more easily. I sent the students off into their pairs to practice; I would then travel around each group to fine tune. Children have great imaginations; they loved making expressions whilst their partners were practicing on them. They picked this up relatively easy and they were all amazed how easy it was to apply.
We also worked on defences from double wrist grabs. Before we went into these techniques I asked questions about the strongest and weakest part to the hand. I explained that the thumb was the weakest digit and if you were to break someone’s grip, you should manoeuvre towards his or her thumb. We had great fun working with these Ju Jitsu techniques and got some of the students to demonstrate their techniques on myself to show them that their Ju Jutsu syllabus techniques work.
The Children’s Championships were in May, over this and previous months we have been doing lots of stand-up fighting for everyone that was competing and for those that weren’t to see if what they have been learning could be placed into practice when your opponent is resisting.
I would like to say a massive congratulations to Raeef and Paasha Mohammadi, Seth and Reece Freeman from the infant group for competing in the Championships, special congratulations to Reece in becoming the Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu British Champion in his weight category, well done…
In the Junior group a massive congratulations to Wiktor and Mateusz Wasiel, Tom, Joseph and Daniel Miller, Toby Van Bergen, Leo Enright and Lauren and Kristian Parr for competing in the British Championships. Another special congratulations to Lauren Parr and Daniel Miller receiving bronze and being third best in their weight category, well done guys… Mateusz Waisel receiving gold and being British Champion in his weight.
It was a fantastic day and always takes a lot of courage and determination to place you into these competitions. Well done to all of you I’m very proud!!
The teenagers this month have been working hard getting ready for their up and coming gradings in June. Unfortunately with the two Bank Holidays that we had in May it didn’t help things but they had the advantage of continuing their training on a Friday night with the other teenagers.
A few teenagers have had to take a little break from their Ju Jitsu as they have their exams to contend with. I’m sure once they have finished their exams they will be back on the saddle and push towards their next Jiu Jitsu grading. Good luck to all that are taking exams!!
May was a busy month and with the Shodan Ho (probationary black belt) gradings that had taken place on the 11th May. Massive congratulations to Patrick Davies, Sam Gladdy, Mike Tuohy, Jack O’Brien and Richard King that successfully passed and earn the right and title of “Sempai”
It was a very hard day and would bring most a man or women to their knees from the 12 mile run, water crossings, fireman carries or the five plus hours of hitting the mat and continuing to stand back up and ask for more. During the Championships all five candidates were awarded their belts from our founder and chief instructor Kevin Pell, well-done Sempai’s…
I look forward to seeing you all in June to continue your training and we will find out who has successfully passed their teenager gradings.