Bushey Monday Ju Jitsu Club
February 2015

New mats are really slippery, great for casualty drags!

New mats are really slippery, great for casualty drags!

Congratulations to Anton Jaffe from the Infants, Roman Cody from the 1st junior class and Benjamin Goodkind from the 2nd junior class, receiving student of the month for February 2015. All three of you have worked extremely hard!

Congratulations to all the students of the month for February 2015

Congratulations to all the students of the month for February 2015

At the start of February, The Bushey Grove leisure Centre renewed the matted area; red one side and blue on the other; the mats were a little slippery so we notified all students to be careful.

I was keen to go over and revise what we had practiced in the month of January. The Infant class had been learning an escape when being pinned by their partners. One student would lie down whilst the other would sit straddling with hands on their shoulders. The student lying down would trap their partner’s arm and leg on one side and perform a pelvic trust in the same direction that the arms were trapped thus escaping from that position. They performed this technique very well so we moved onto the next technique.

They would stand opposite each other, one side to go first. Having one leg further in front than the other, they would lower their centre of gravity and thrust forward onto their leading knee. The main aim was to land in-between their partner’s legs. They would then secure their legs by grabbing behind the knees and continue thrusting forward causing their partners to go backwards. As they practiced breakfalls every lesson, they had no problem breaking there fall when been pushed back.

The rest of the month the Infants practiced this technique but finished off with a couple of pins. The pins they were practicing would be a Scarf hold and Shoulder hold; both being very similar to each other and controlling their partners head and arm causing difficulty escaping…
To aid in the repetition we played a game, which incorporated these techniques. Stuck in the mud was the game and each time they were tagged they had to perform one of these techniques to get freed. Great enjoyment for the children…

Jake Ferguson and Aryan Jolly celebrated success when they were awarded a plaque in recognition of six years commitment to training. Mums and dads came along to take photos and watch their children receive these awards! Well done to the both of you, fantastic work!

The juniors performed the same take down as the Infants before moving onto other strangles from a mounted position. They were paired in to groups, one lying down and the other sitting straddling the other. The student sitting on top would perform all the strangles. These strangles were called “Fingers, Thumbs, Fingers & Thumbs, Collar and Bar”. It would start with placing your arm across your opponents neck and place your fingers inside your opponents collar with the thumb on the outside; the other hand would do the same thing but to the other side. With the fingers deep inside the collars you would then pull your elbows out causing it to tighten around the neck.

Fingers are exactly the same but placing your thumbs inside the collar and fingers on the outside. With fingers and thumbs it was a combination of the two…
Collar and bar choke was very similar, this time placing your arm across the neck, thumb inside the collar; the other hand would hold onto the opposite lapel lower down and pull tight, causing the collar to tighten. The other arm that was holding onto the lapel would then drop the elbow towards the floor causing a choke on the neck. A lot of the children were very ticklish and took a little practice for them to get use to the technique.

I demonstrated to the junior classes another position that you could end up in and still be able to perform a strangle using Fingers, with one side laying on their back and the other between their legs on their knees. The side that was on their back would be able to control their opponents by crossing their feet over the back, then slide the fingers into the collar both sides, pull their heads down to their chest and pull their elbows out causing a choke.

As the mats were very slippery we tried some casualty drags. One side would sit on their bottom and hold onto their lapels whist the other side stood behind and held onto the backs of their uniform. On the command go, the partner would drag the person in front to the other end. This was great fun and made it very easy due to the new mats been very slippery…

I would like to say massive congratulations to Matthew Thoumine and Sempai Jack Obrien who both celebrated by being awarded a plaque for twelve years commitment to training. Matthew and Sempai Jack both started from a very young age and continue to show their dedication to training. Well done to the both of you, a fabulous effort indeed!

Great to see Joshua King regularly back at training! During the month we start the lessons off with the formality of line-up, warm up and breakfalls, leading into a little fitness to get the blood moving before going straight into syllabus. The Teenagers and Adults would be split into their belt groups, I would then move around the class to have a look at their progression. During this month I made a bid emphasis on the teenagers practicing picking up a weapon. I split them up into four equal groups and demonstrated the correct way of picking up the weapon before carefully watching over them and correct them where necessary…

Drilling our techniques!

Drilling our techniques!

Well done Josh Brooker, looking good!

Well done Josh Brooker, looking good!

Teenagers practicing their picking up a weapon drill…

Teenagers practicing their picking up a weapon drill…

Next month we look forward to the children’s gradings, scheduled to take place on Monday 9th March 2015. With all the practicing we have being doing, I’m sure you will all do well… If all goes well on the gradings we have games lesson the following week as a reward for all your hard work…
Straight after the games we will have grading presentations, which all parents love to come and take pictures of their child/children receiving their new belts and certificates.

We have the Children’s Championships coming up on Sunday 17th May 2015 at the Breckland Leisure Centre & Waterworld, 
Croxton Road, 
Thetford, 
Norfolk, 
IP24 1JD.
I look forward to seeing all those that can make…

Congratulations to Six-year award students!

Congratulations to Six-year award students!

Congratulations to Twelve-year award students!

Congratulations to Twelve-year award students!

1 Comment on Bushey Monday Ju Jitsu Club
February 2015

  1. Jack O'Brien // March 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm // Reply

    Osu Sensei,

    Great report! you do an awesome job with the Bushey Dojo. I’m so glad that I get to be a part of it and watch the class go from strength to strength.
    Also I would like to say thank you for presenting me with my 12 year award. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m glad you were the one to present it to me.

    Sempai Jack O’Brien

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