Congratulations to Lewis Jones from infants, Sofia Kazmierska from the first junior class and Jonathan Davies from the second junior class, on receiving Student of the Month July 2015. Both had a cracking start, and Jonathan has grown up a lot and continues to perform well. Well done to all three of you keep up the good work.
On the 6th July 2015, the Bushy Ju Jitsu club had the national children’s gradings. With it just being before 5pm the infants students arrived early with their water bottle ready to undertake their grading exam. The children lined up at the side of the mat waiting to be bowed on before commencing with class line-up.
This is a period where I test all the children on how well they line up, how well they kneel down and can carry out the necessary details at start the lesson. I also asked plenty of questions in Japanese: what is your uniform called, what your belt is called, what are the mats called, questions on other things within the organisation. This process is completed on all classes with questions being a little bit harder on higher belt.
The next part of the their exam is to do class break falls and fitness tests – before we do this the children must warm up their muscles by running around the mat in the same direction performing exercises called out by myself. With the blood pumping it’s now time to do class breakfalls this is when they are tested on their rolling ability and break falling in different directions… for the older students they must perform the same but also learn how to pick up weapons.
Then it was time to do class fitness tests when they are tested on how well they perform the exercise. The younger infant class are just learning new motor skills and as they get a little older they develop strength and a good technique to perform the exercise to a good standard. With this being completed it was now time to move onto the next stage of the exam, which are the techniques that they been learning over the previous lessons.
The infant class were tested on defences from being grabbed either over or under the arms from the front and back. The junior classes were tested on palm heel strikes and the teenager glasses were tested on their syllabus, which is the same as the adults. In between their techniques they also must perform fitness exercises to see how they cope under pressure.
This really helps them push their own ability further forward and not feel like they want to give up at the first hurdle. Within each class the higher belts are tested further on their fitness, fighting ability, fighting determination, and the will to achieve their goal.
The teenager class perform the same start as the infant and junior classes but are expected to perform to a higher standard. Each belt has a range of techniques and a different level of fitness ability, the higher the belt the more fitness is required of the students. We were able to put the teenagers into groups and each one being tested by an instructor. I was very pleased on how each group performed in their gradings, given maximum effort regardless of how tired they got, the will to never give up and achieve their next goal was very obvious.
The following week we performed any re-takes and gradings where children were unable to attend the grading exam the week before, we had class games – a reward for passing, grading presentations when mums, dads, grandparents and any other family members come along to record this special occasion. The children really enjoy this part of the lesson as they get to relax, have fun and know that they have moved another stage forward in their Ju Jitsu career!
The next lesson of the month of the infant class worked on a technique called scarf hold, some of the students have already done this but for some it was a new technique. We also learned how to pin our partners to the floor and for the person being pinned to try escape if they could! A lot of them were not sure how to escape so the following week we worked on this by breaking each stage down and trying not to complicate it too much.
The junior classes worked on performing a sprawl when sitting astride your partner and manoeuvring their body into a shoulder hold, we also practised a similar technique but this time manoeuvring the person on the bottom (after sprawling them) to take there back and perform a rear strangle.
Next month we look forward to continuing with our training, learning new techniques pushing forward to our next goal within our Ju Jitsu career.
Now that the gradings are done and the summer holidays just around the corner and most of you looking forward to just having a break from school, wanting to go on holiday, please remember that your Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Club will still be open.
On 31st August 2015 we have a bank holiday, please remember your classes will still be open so if you are not going away you could always attend training.