Congratulations to Ellie Lawton-Nicholls from the Infants, Jake Ferguson from the first Junior group and Tom Miller from the second Junior group receiving student of the Month for November 2014.
November was going to be just as busy as October. In October we had our Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu family fun day which went fantastic and raised lots of money for our charity, “Hounds for Heroes.” Well done to you all!
I would like to welcome Hugh Major along to the Infant class who has settled in very well and picking up those all-important basic skills.
At the beginning of the month the Infant and two Junior classes were preparing themselves with the last minute revision needed for their class gradings on the 10th November. The children have been learning a number of techniques. The Infant class were tested on two basic throws (Body drop and knee wheel) they were also tested on the follow up to these techniques which were Body drop into a Scarf hold, Body drop into a Chest hold, Body drop into side four quarters, Knee wheel into a Scarf hold, Knee wheel into a Chest hold and Knee wheel into side four quarters.
The Junior classes were tested on the same basic throws but were also tested with a defence from a hook punch, using the same throwing technique but perform an arm bar to finish off. All classes were also tested on their physical abilities, dependant on grade of belt. The higher the belt, the more was required of them.
We started all three classes off the same way, with a warm-up before moving onto their basic breakfalls. All three classes had the same fitness activities to perform; press-ups, sit-ups, leg raises and burpees. The Infant class started with five of everything if they were at white belt and then increasing, as the belt gets higher. The Juniors followed the same steps but the white belts starting with ten’s and then increasing. From here we tested all the classes on their techniques practiced for grading; the students worked really hard with fitness tests in between. With lots of rounds of standing grappling they were getting a little hot and sweaty and it really showed they were working hard.
Near the end of the gradings we got all the higher belts to come into the middle where they will perform extra fitness and more standing grappling. Each time they performed standing grappling they would perform fitness and then repeat the process. This is very tiring, but, with a lot of grit and determination, they fought on.
Well done to you all.
The following week we had class presentations. They have all been working extremely hard leading up to the gradings so each class is rewarded with half of the lesson being games.
With the games finished, it was time for presentations. The highest belt is called to line-up the class formally in grade order to start the presentations. Starting with the lowest belt, each child is called up one at a time to receive their new belt and certificate and applauded by all students, parents and family watching.
Just before the conclusion of the class we finished by all classes throwing their belts high in the air and shouting “ISHIN RYU…”
The last week before the end of the month we worked on our press-ups. Starting right at the bottom we worked on shoulder strength, coupled with core stability mixed up with extra fitness. We all had fun with doing press-ups. Paired up, one child would lay on their belly with their fist placed on the floor underneath their partner’s chest. The opposite person would perform a press-up by lowering their chest to the fist and push back up again without their knees touching the floor. Some found this challenging but had great fun doing so.
I gave all three classes homework; each student on a daily basis would perform in one go as many technically correct press-ups. If they stopped by placing their knees down or could not continue then they would record it onto paper and then repeat the process the following day. I made a big emphasis on correct technique and only do as much as physical possible. With this repeated process they will improve on core and arm strength. I look forward to see how they have progressed.
The Teenagers and Adults have been using this month to revise their syllabus as in December they will be attempting their gradings. The Teenagers will be graded in class on the 1st December and the Adults will travel to Headquarters in Norfolk on the 13th December to be assessed by the chief instructor Soke Kevin Pell and Ishin Ryu’s black belts.
Jessica Marshall who has her mock exams on the grading day has taken her grading one-week prior so not to miss out. Jessica, blind from birth attempted her blue belt; partnered up with Sempai Jack O’Brien she demonstrated the techniques needed for her grading. With numerous rounds of fitness test, Jessica pushed herself and did not want to give up. She was then tested on her fighting ability and was paired up with different partners. Jessica won all her fights and then continued with more techniques to see how she would cope whilst tired. Jessica performed to a great standard and would like to congratulate Jessica on passing her blue belt.
I would like to say good luck to Kristian & Lauren Parr, Daniel Miller and Sanjef Vigneswaran who will be attempting their 8th Kyu (White) next week. Good luck to Isaac Bitelli and Harshul Jolly, attempting their 6th Kyu (Orange) next week. Good luck to Gabriel Van Wyk, Tosin Oparinde and Kye Cunningham, attempting their 5th Kyu (Green) next week. I’m sure all will do great.
Daniel Davis from the Adult class will be attempting his 5th Kyu (Green) grading. Good luck Daniel, I’m sure you will be put through your paces but will be determined to succeed.
Green belt, ”Make or break,” this is a hard belt to cross and if you have that true grit and determination you will get through and make your way towards the higher end of the grades.
With November finished, the last date to train in December will be the 15th when we can all start to relax for our Christmas shutdown and perhaps get a little plumper from those mince pies and goodies that we like to treat ourselves with.
Look forward to telling you all how the Christmas gradings have gone!