During the month of September we worked on breakfalls, throws and congratulated students receiving awards for recognition to commitment to training.
We begun each lesson as normal with line-up and game. The purpose of the game is to get the young students who are aged between 4-13 excited and warmed up before doing exercises and techniques.
To get everyone involved students performed their breakfalls from one side of the matted area to the other. The matted is 16 metres long and 9 metres wide so there is ample space for all the students to perform their breakfalls in a safe and controlled environment. Each student ran to the centre of the mat, performed a forward roll and then ran to the other side; they repeated the process coming back to the start position. We repeated this process many times throughout the month so all students could get as much practice as possible. These actions were repeated for their side, forward and rear breakfalls. Not only did the students get lots of repetition, they got a got sweat-on, which helps with their fitness.
We’ve been working on a couple of throws this month, body drop and knee wheel. With students being away during the summer holidays it’s was great opportunity to perform some of the games that will help in the aid and repetition of these throws. Our first game was stuck in the mud, with the emphasis on the throw which is performed after been released by a fellow student. The next game to help with throwing capabilities is a game I like to call “World record,” paired up in two’s; students faced each other at opposite ends of the mat. The idea of this game is to run to a partner to perform a throwing technique that we were practicing, then run back to the starting position and repeat as many times as possible in the allotted time given. The winning student received an extra star in their star card, with the award of a medal after completing a full line.
I would like to congratulate Isaiah Oparinde for receiving a plaque for six years commitment to his training. Isaiah started with Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu in 2008 and is still training hard in 2014! Well done Isaiah, you deserve this after all your hard work.
Congratulations to all the teenage students that received plaques for six years commitment to training. Most of them started at a very young age and have progressively moved themselves through the ranks. Some students are nearly on twelve years and I think is a fabulous achievement. Well done to you all, I hope it takes pride in your home!
Throughout the month teenage and adult students performed their breakfalls working from one side of the mat to the other. They soon found this quite tiring but it really helped especially for the more junior students. We also performed some minute drills with throws. Working in pairs one person would go first and try and complete as many throws as possible before swapping over and letting their partner have a go. This was very tiring and disorientating but a fabulous way to condition yourself to being thrown many times, something you find you will always need. Syllabus was also a big factor this month as its not going to be long before the winter gradings are on our doorsteps!