I would like to start this month off by saying, congratulations to everyone that took part in the first grading of the year. Everyone worked extremely hard and put 100% in to their training and it paid off with everyone in a new shinny belt.
Also this month I would like to say a big well done to Ayden Petal in the infant class, Frankie Manderson in the first junior class and David-Constantin Tincu in the second junior class for becoming this March’s student of the month. All three boys work hard in the lesson and are star students and a joy to teach. They showed amazing spirit in the dojo on their grading and wanted to do more than they had to do. Well done boys keep it up.
This month has been a very busy month for all four classes with the grading coming up this month and also getting everyone ready for the championships in May. We kick started this month off with the grading’s for the infant and junior classes, having been learning basic ground work and how to move around on the floor four three months this was the foundation to our first grading of the year.
The infant class where using the basic exercise to move around on the floor from one end of the dojo to the other and everyone worked so hard and at first only some of the class could get to the end by the time of the grading the whole class got to the top of the dojo and back with no problem at all.
The junior classes done the same thing but on a harder level having moving around on the ground but with someone on top of you is so much harder. Showing the children how to make space why someone is on top of you, and also roll them off and get on top of them was fun to teach.
When it came to the grading on Monday 7th March everyone was very nervous. Seeing Sensei Del and Sensei Tom in their Federation suites and not in their Do Gi like normal was a bit weird for some of the students that were grading for the first time. All three classes put 100% in to their grading, with the infant class first having round of fitness and grappling everyone was getting hot and tired but no one wanted to stop they kept going and going, it was making me tired testing them all.
By the end of the lesson we had Emilla Nash out the front doing round of stand up grappling and burpees as she was going for the highest grade in the infant class black/ white belt.
The junior classes topped off the grading’s with hands down on of the best grading’s they have ever done from start to finish they were on point with loud OSU and all exercise done correctly. They also done round of grappling from standing having to try and get their partner to the floor and hold them down or try and make them tap with a lock or a chock. Loads of the kids got the win with arm locks and I can’t wait to see them in the national championships in May it is going to be raining gold in Bushey.
With the grading’s out of the way and all the students excited to be getting their new belts we had a fun and games lesson to relax after all the hard work the kids have been doing. One big part of the junior grading when you get to Purple belt going for your brown belt the students have to start thinking about the history and the mental side of the martial art. We get all students grading to brown and brown/black belt to write a short essay on the history of Ishin Ryu, what they like about Ju Jitsu and why they started. It is amazing to read and to see the hard work they put in to it.
One student that put 200% in to his was Daniel Remmington he done a lovely leaflet style essay with pictures and information about the club and me and sensei Del as well, Well done Daniel.
This month has been a brilliant month for the kids and a very proud moment for all their mums and dads seeing them get their new belts and working hard for it. Me and Sensei Del are so proud of the club and the students we have in them. We would like to thank the parents for all the support they give the club.
With the Easter Holidays and bank holidays we are still open and still training. The only class not running on a bank holiday Monday is the Teenager and adult class as the sport centre closes at 8pm
Next month we will be working more on stand up grappling with the kids some easy throws and take downs with also a self-defence side of things as well .
Please remember that we are still open throughout Easter and the Bank Holiday weekend the only class not running on a Bank holiday is the Teenager and adult class due to the sport centre closing at 8pm
Please visit our website www.ishinryu.com as much as possible as I submit reports every month about the students training during the previous month. This is a great opportunity to see if you have been mentioned or appear in a photo.
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Tom Garvin Sensei