The last four weeks have seen the infants working hard on their throws and techniques for this year’s British Championships. It will be the first time that Theo and Benjamin have ever entered into our annual tournament. I know they are both very excited and nervous about taking part. We have been concentrating on their speed when they have thrown their competitor to the ground to hold them down. It is always great to see them reacting before they have even thought about what they are going to do.
Theo and Benjamin have both worked really hard since they started at the club. Milo the longest member of the class is always very happy during the lessons. With not only the championship to get ready for it is getting close to the time when there will be fetes and carnival for the students to do demonstrations at.
The junior class have had a great month working on their fitness drills and techniques for this year’s British Championship. It would be great to see one of them on the podium this year. Welcome back to Ella Moore who has re-joined the junior class, she is a great student with plenty of fighting spirit and determination to sort out all the boys in the class. Congratulations to Freddie Vassallo who was presented with a progress medal for completing a line in his progress card.
Welcome to new member to the adult class David Walden. It is always great to have new students join the club, as it gives the other students more students to fight when we have a takedown session. He has already bought a gi and loves every minute of the training sessions.
The teenagers and adult had a chance to have a go at a very old technique that I was taught by Soke in my early days of Ju Jitsu. It is called a double arm shoulder throw, which kind of sounds ok until you have experienced it for the first time. The scary part is not the throw but having both your arms locked against each other as you are thrown. You can’t get your left arm out to breakfall until the very last second of the throw. You have to have the upmost trust that your partner will release the arm just at the right time, or you will have a very heavy landing on your left shoulder.
Good luck to all the students that will be competing at this year’s British Championship. Let’s see if you can bring home some medals for your club.