Congratulations to Carter Claret (Infants) Ashley Kirwin (1st junior class) and Tom Millar (2nd junior class) receiving Student of the Month for June 2015. Unfortunately the picture for Ashley has gone astray but will have it for you later this month when I update. All three boys have worked hard and continue to do well.
The beginning of June saw the infant class start class in normal fashion, line-up, warm-up game then breakfalls… We worked at getting the children use to lining up into a straight line to perform tasks in the lesson. With a few tries goes we would then cut down the time and get them all co-ordinating quicker, Success, so we moved onto fitness but getting all to perform to my count. The new burpees were definitely a struggle for a few; you could hear a few huffs and puffs but a good start to lessons.
The next few lessons all emphasis was geared towards gradings, which are taking place next month. The infant class have been really getting to grips with shoulder arm locks, escapes from bear hugs and using a variety of throws whilst doing so. Each time we practice the technique we would introduce it with a game to keep them focused. The children left classes with a good sweat and plenty of smiles…
The junior classes worked similar to the younger class but were pushed harder. With fitness after completing an exercise, they would run around the circumference of the matted area to get back to their partner to allow them to repeat the process. The winning team would be relieved from doing any extra fitness – this gives the children more drive to win.
Both junior classes worked on palm heel strikes, lined up in a straight line they would repeatedly perform the technique till I was happy that they could perform. I would ask questions about the techniques and asked where they were striking, what part of their body they were using for the strike with and how they were doing it. Most were very proficient with this so we could mix it up calling different numbers so they didn’t just follow a sequence.
The teenage students of Bushey Ju Jitsu club have really knuckled down in class to hone their skills because of gradings which were moved to the beginning of July. This was due to most teenagers being tied up in exam preparation and unable to get to class to train. Some of these students are on their way to being great adults and some will return after their exams to take the leap forward.
All four classes have gradings next month, so I will be excited to tell you all on their progress. The infant and junior classes, if successful will have games the following week shortly followed by class presentations. The teenagers will do similar but without the games. If any of these students ever make it to adult they will only need to ratify to adult standard but will find a little easier learning as the teenagers follow the adult syllabus.
* SUMMER HOLIDAYS – are fast approaching and I just wanted to let everyone know that your children’s Ju Jitsu classes will still be on*