Congratulations to Seth Freeman from the Infant class, Charlotte Edler from the first Junior class and Leo Enright from the second Junior class receives Student of the month for January 2015. Well done guys, a great start to the year, keep up the good work!
Welcome back everyone, I hope everyone had a wonderful rest and are now fired up and ready to go in 2015.
We arrived at the Bushey Grove Leisure Centre and everything seemed still a little quite, families still away on holiday or getting that last minute rest before life becomes hectic. First lesson back and it was always great to see those familiar faces with smiles.
We started off getting everyone lined up at the edge of the mat, a quick browse along the line to ensure that everyone was dressed correctly, a large “Osu,” was uttered and the young Infant students bowed onto the mat. Seth Freeman, being the senior grade was called to line up the class. With the formalities done and good to see that no one has forgot their Dojo Kun (Training oath). Time for a quick warm-up then straight into breakfalls, forward rolls were first on the agenda. A quick demonstration as we had a new student give a trial lesson and then straight into it.
The rest of the lesson we worked on a little fitness and Yong Alec Apikian was very keen to demonstrate his press-ups that he has been practicing all over Christmas, a real big improvement, Well-done Alec!
The following week the children worked on a technique that was started in December. “An escape from the mount,” with a few demonstrations from Sempai Jack O’Brien and myself we showed the children a way of bucking your partner off your belly when someone is sitting straddling you. The students performed really well with this technique so we tried different partners to see how they would adapt with different sizes and weights.
The next couple of weeks we worked on a take down from a standing position. The attacker being able to get to their knees as quickly as possible, controlling their partners legs and manoeuvring them to the ground and reposition to side control.
The junior classes followed the same footsteps before going into a technique. The Technique the Junior classes were learning was a “Defence from a straight punch”. I decided to break the technique into stages to help with the understanding. The first thing we worked on was the stances, making sure they moved the correct foot, and then combining this with a parry.
We had many repetitions off this so we could get everyone’s coordination just right. With the class showing an improvement I demonstrated the next phase, a rear naked choke. The classes worked well on this and grasped the technique. To finish the first lesson of the year off, I decided to do some kneeling grappling combined with fitness, with a few huff’s and puffs when they started getting tired.
The following week saw a great turnout from the Junior groups so we started the lesson off with fitness, getting all students to perform the fitness techniques together. After fitness a quick water break before a recap into the technique practiced the week before to help the students that were unable to make. They quickly adapted so we added another technique following the same footsteps as the previous. This time rather than finish off with a strangle, we took our partners to the ground by giving them a kick to the back of the leg and finish off with a strike.
The following few weeks saw an introduction to a standing technique, this would be the same technique that the Infants were practicing, this time I wanted to see a lot more control of their partners. Keeping that all-important gap to a minimum thus not giving them room to escape.
The Teenagers started with breakfalls to get all the rust off from Christmas and New Year before going into a little fitness. During the lesson I decided to demonstrate a technique, with all students happy with the understanding of the technique I moved around the class and helped with any struggles.
We finished the evening off with a little grapple to get any tension released from the rest period. The following weeks we worked on a defence from a straight jab to the face with a couple of different finish offs. We partnered a few of the tall Teenager students with some of the adults to get a more realistic view on size and strength of what could approach them in the future. We continued with some one handed throwing, this felt a bit strange to some but really worked on the small details of throwing. Rather than using strength to just pull your partner over you had to get your hips and footwork in the right place. Some of the one handed throws, the senior grades have not had the pleasure to practice so was a great insight.
Sensei Andy Tierney took some of the lower Teenager students and worked on basic throws, etiquette and general knowledge about Ishin Ryu. In general, dojo rules, what you should and shouldn’t do. During these weeks we started on grading syllabus again, six months seem a long time away but its always amazing to see how quick it comes around.
It was great to see everyone back on the mat after Christmas and New Year training hard.
As the teenagers finished their lesson I decided to do a little fitness work on the Sempai’s, especially Sempai Tom who has his Shodan (Black belt) grading coming up in May. Exciting times ahead…
In January we had Ishin Ryu’s Ju Jitsu’s 25th Anniversary dinner, which took place in Borehamwood, which is the birthplace to where Ishin Ryu started those many years ago. It was a fantastic evening, which entertained two hundred people with men dressed in Tuxedo’s and women in ball gowns, it truly was a glamorous evening. Soke Kevin Pell really placed on a spectacular event and gave us all a spectacular keepsake to walk away with.
Also during the month we had the senior grades ATW (Advance training wing) when all the senior grades get together and train under one roof under the watchful eye of are chief instructor Soke Kevin Pell. It was a great day with all of us learning a thing or two. We finished off the day with a good fast pace syllabus blast, “That definitely got rid of any cobwebs”
Next month we look forward to getting those grading techniques up to scratch and working a bit more on take downs and pins. We have the British Championships that are coming in May and we want to be ready. So lots more practice of both…
Just a reminder that we are still open during school holidays in February, so if you’re not going away, still come to training.
One for the Teenagers and Adults; next years Anniversary dinner is booked for the 9th January 2016, so start getting dates in your diary now so you don’t miss out on another great evening.