I would like to start the Bushey Monday Ju Jitsu Club October report by congratulating Alec Apikian from the Infants, Eden Kirwin from the first Junior group and Guy Sherry from the second Junior group for receiving student of the Month for October 2014.
During the month of October, Infant students continued with the same throws we practiced last month “Body drop and Knee wheel,” to make sure that the names and throws were easily remembered. We then worked on the next stage of the technique, this was to pin your partner to the floor using one of three ground hold techniques: Scarf hold, Chest hold or side four quarters. We incorporated games to help with earning and had fun by doing so.
The Junior groups followed the same footsteps but rather than just do a throw and a hold down they needed to learn how to block a punch and follow it through using a throw, then finish the technique off with an arm-bar. As we have been practicing the throw we started work on defending from a hook punch. I went through the style of punch that we were doing and then demonstrated where your hands should be and what you are trying to achieve. With the side that would be executing the punch I demonstrated the correct speed to apply to allow their partners to learn how to block. As they grow in confidence, this can be speeded up. I instructed the class to perform ten blocks and ten punches on each side. They soon realised that hitting the same spot over and over again, hurts a little! After we had worked on the blocks we followed it through with the throw. We repeated the same process and then worked on the arm-bar. The arm-bar required a little more time to work so all students could understand the technical details needed to get this right. With practice they were all moving in the right footsteps. To help each pair Sempai Jack O’Brien and myself moved around the class and helped each pair with this technique.
On Monday 27th October family members were invited to participate in the “Ishin Ryu Family Funday,” to help raise money for our new charity “Hounds for Heroes.” Hounds for Heroes provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision we aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life. This was a fantastic event and I’m sure parents will want to participate in this again.
As parents regularly watch their child/children during their training it was good to watch parents practice and participate in activities their children regularly do. During the Infant and Junior classes, parents had a go at forward rolls – a great effort indeed as a few had not tried this for years. Then we moved on to Breakfalls and team races where some parents got a little sweaty and you could see their competitive side coming out. However it was great fun with lots of smiles and laughter.
The thing the children really love to get their parents involved in is the kneeling and standing grappling. Being able to get hold of mum or dad and pin them to the floor is great fun and something I hope that they could take home with them. I would like to thank all parents and family members who gave up their time and effort to participate in this event and for raising as much money as they could for this worthwhile charity!
Earlier in the month teenagers and adults worked on team races building individual fitness. The Bushey Dojo mats are some of the longest, so there is ample opportunity to utilize the length. Paired into groups ensuring that the teens and adults were mixed together, we started with shuttle sprints, building to press-ups, sit-ups, leg-raises and burpees. We had a little go at Fireman’s carry, which builds on core and leg strength.
The rest of the month teenager and adult classes worked hard on syllabus as its not long before we get ready for our winter gradings. Paired in groups working towards their next color belt, I moved assisting with techniques they were unsure about. Nick Rowan who started at the Borehamwood Dojo has made regular trips to Bushey Dojo in between his work commitments to make a good start at learning his first belt.
Well done to everyone that attended this year’s Shochu Geiko, it was a great turnout from everyone. Thank you to Soke Kevin Pell for placing on another great event and organizing the list of instructors to come and teach us. The Sunday gave us more opportunity to raise some money for our charity by organizing some competitions. The cost for entering the competitions was £5 with all the money going to the charity. It was great fun and well done to all those that competed.
Next month we look forward to seeing Shihan Mac Robinson teach us on a seminar about knockdown submission. We also have our seminar in Germany which will see twelve of us go away for a weekends training in Dusseldorf. November is already an action packed month!