During June the Bushey Adult Ju Jitsu club were in preparation for the gradings on Saturday 20th June. Scott Grossman who moved up from the Teenager class was attempting his White belt. Scott managed to reach blue belt in the teenagers so took the jump to the adult class and travelled to Honbu, carefully driven by Sempai Patrick Davis, to ratify his white belt.
We also had Nick Rowan, also attempting his white, yellow and orange belt on the same day. Nick who has been training sometimes three times a week to get maximum time in whilst preparing himself physically outside of the dojo. Nick travelled to Bushey most Mondays to work with Scott. They would start with white belt and on completion of that, Scott would then let Nick practice the remaining techniques on him for yellow and orange belt.
James Hawkey attempted his yellow and managed to fit it all in around taken his exams. At the beginning of the month James practiced with Lee Swain and Jake Rider to get those final finishing touches for grading.
During the month Soke also collected in uniform tops so he could get the collar embroidered with, “Ishin Ryu.” This meant that a few of the students had to turn up with a t-shirt so they could train. It was only short term as Soke had them back the following week.
All three students mentioned earlier travelled to Honbu on the 20th June alongside students from Aldenham Ju Jitsu club to undertake their grading exam. Most arrived just after 10am to get themselves changed for kit inspection. After kit inspection, a quick photo before getting changed for the Ishin Ryu run. First up, were the white belts with the helping hand of the senior grades, it took a little while to get them into the Ishin Ryu spirit but with some encouragement they were firing on all cylinders by the end of it. Scott Grossman and Nick Rowan successfully passed well-done guys! Up next were Nick and James Hawkey trying for yellow. This went fantastic with all the students giving maximum effort and I’m very pleased to announce they both passed, well-done boys!
Nick Rowan had one more belt to do, with a quick five minutes to re-charge his batteries whilst he was waiting for other orange belt candidates. Nick thought I’ve come this far so why stop now. Nick pushed himself on every section of the grading and by the end of it successfully passed. Fantastic effort, well-done Nick, you certainly showed Ishin Ryu spirit.
Remember, we have the Wayland show in Norfolk on Sunday the 2nd of August when all adults attend, performing demonstrations for the public and giving them a little taste of what Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu is all about… Please make sure you have this down in you diaries, if not please contact Soke at headquarters or alternatively see myself at the club.