The Bushey infant class have been training with an excellent attitude over the last month. After quick warm ups and stretches at the beginning of each class, we decided it was time to refresh the very basics by ensuring all the children have excellent fighting stances that give the right amount of balance to enable strikes from both the hands and feet. We then practised different strikes from our fighting stances such as jab and reverse punches and reverse kicks.
The class have then 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 offer the opportunity for submissions. The children then were able to practise these techniques with a partner and we went around correcting the details. 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.
The junior class have also been working with Great Spirit. Each class has begun with a difficult warm up incorporating lots of throws, push ups and burpees. The class have then demonstrated all of their breakfalls, including the front rolling breakfall which some found difficult and so we spent a little time perfecting this. 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 sweeping loin throw. This throw is a little different to many of the throws the children already know as it uses a sweep of the leg to lift the opponent rather than the hips. The students all practised this slowly at first, ensuring they had all the technical aspects correct before really throwing their partners, this gave the desired effect of very controlled throws. 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, since this will be incorporated into their next grading. 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 atmosphere as different techniques were being practised all over the dojo 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. Lastly I would like to say huge congratulations to Callum Surge for being awarded his six year trophy; this was awarded to Callum for his hard work and dedication to Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu. Well done! And I hope to be there when you earn your twelve year award.