Congratulations to Indiana Brown from the Infants, Saachi Bajaj from the first Junior group and Aryan Jolly from the second Junior group receiving student of the Month award for July 2014.
At the beginning of the month students from Infant and Junior classes undertook there grading exams. Like the beginning of every lesson they perform their class line-up, questions being asked to the lowest leading up to the highest. Its then straight into warm-up and stretches; during their warm-up we use different drills to get the smaller Infant class changing directions, coupled with numbers to get them all working on coordination. Juniors are able to increase speed and make the difficulty level higher.
From here it was straight into breakfalls, each student spaced around the matted area giving them all ample room to land. Each time a direction was called, left, right, front or back students would then perform a breakfall in that direction. The difficulty level was assessed depending on the level of the class tested.
The classes were then tested on their physical ability; the higher the belt the more fitness was required throughout all three classes. The Infant class performs to the best of their physical ability and Junior classes being pushed that little harder.
The Infant class was tested on their throwing abilities and keeping control of their partners, stepping it up to defend from a punch, use a throw then pin their partner to the floor by one of three hold-downs: Scarf Hold, Shoulder Hold or Chest Hold. We made different changes to partners as everyone will act in a different way.
The Juniors were tested on two variations of a rear strangle and throwing techniques. With all taking it in turns to repeat the techniques, I moved around the class to make sure that everyone was competent. Each class was then tested on standing and kneeling grappling mixed up with fitness, throws and techniques. All classes performed exceptional showing lots of grit and determination. By the end of the grading exam there were lots of hot and sweaty young faces but regular water breaks were giving to ensure everyone was kept hydrated.
The following week we had fun lesson and grading presentations; we also conducted any gradings that students were unable to make the previous week due to illness or school commitments.
During the children’s fun week we have multiple games as a reward for all their hard work and determination leading to their grading exams. With the games completed it was time for presentations. Parents and family gathered into the sports hall with their cameras to take pictures of their little one receiving their new belts.
During the next weeks we had made assault courses using soft apparatus and timed them individually to get the best-recorded time, winner being rewarded with an extra stamp on their star card and if successful with a full line of stamps, awarded a Ishin Ryu medal. We also got each class participating in blind folded grappling. I think a little cheating going on here and there but great fun and a good way to test their ability when you cant use your eyes to help you…
Throughout the month of July Teenagers had a peak and practice at some of the higher belt techniques that they may one day achieve through their continuous practice. Well done to Gabriella Codrington who has continually helped Jessica Marshall with techniques. Jessica Marshall born blind from birth pushes herself during lessons. It was Jessica and Gabriella’s birthday in July with them both being born on the same day but one year apart so we gave them birthday bumps and a couple extra along the way!
On other weeks I mixed the class up during syllabus getting the young teenagers working with the same colour belt as the adults; giving them more incentive to work that little harder. I also let them have ago at blind folded grappling, they had great fun using the blindfolds and a little challenging for some of the teenagers are giants compared to others.
The Adults also had the joy of learning some senior belt techniques abled by Sempai’s (probationary black belts) in the class. Paul Wheeler who joined us in July is making great progress training twice a week, with doing so will be on track to take his first grading in December. Its great to see Alastair Tuhrim back training after having a very busy work schedule.
Sempai’s in the class have been working on demonstrations for Hyper Japan, which took place on Sunday 27th July 2014. A great day for Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu, we had some fantastic feedback from demonstrations performed by all students.