The Dereham Dojo is located in its very own combat room, with fitted mats from wall to wall. It also has padded walls for extra protection (not because we are insane, contrary to popular belief!!)
The infant grading got started on time – the students always seem to arrive on time when it’s their grading! A good warm-up of break falls and a fitness test got them in the right frame of mind. One infant that was very nervous was Thomas Gunton who was grading for his top belt of black/white. So he was really feeling the pressure to make sure he got his techniques. They all did a great grading, and it was great to see Milo Milton’s confidence had grown so much. Our Ju Jitsu is not about how hard we can punch or kick. It is about building our students’ confidence and helping them prepare for the future in all aspects of life.
The juniors arrived earlier than usual, and were eager to get started. As our second British Championship is taking place in May, I put them through a lot of takedown with submission.
Emil James who has always been an outstanding student was going for his last belt before he moves into the Teenager Class. The quality of their techniques was very good and their determination excellent.
The following week was presentation evening, with a great turn out by the parents. The parents always stand near the front so they can get a photo of their children being presented with their new belts. It is always a magical moment to see the students’ faces when their name is called out and how they respectfully bow to me when I hand them their new belt and certificate.
Congratulations to all my students for a brilliant grading! Sensei Trevor Steward.