Dereham Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, March 2015

Students during their fantastic grading

Students during their fantastic grading

Congratulations to Milo, Benjamin, and Theo who all did a brilliant grading. Milo has progressed so much since he first started a few years ago. He is always at the lesson whatever happens and works so hard. Theo & Benjamin were very impressive in the grading, their knowledge of the techniques was so good. Having only three in the class, you would think it might be difficult to teach, but it is quite the opposite. They all work so well together and have so much fun with each other the lesson goes so quick.

Theo demonstrating a ground hold technique

Theo demonstrating a ground hold technique

The Juniors also had a brilliant grading over two weeks. I did it as a tester to see how it would work and if they could cope with it. They all did brilliantly over the two weeks. It meant that we could concentrate on the basics, fitness & groundwork on week one to a higher standard. Week-to-week to we could concentrate on the throws, self-defence techniques, takedown with submission and any other surprises that I wanted to throw at them.

One student that really stood out was Daniel Lain, who has been with me for over six year. At first he found training not that easy to cope with, but over the years his confidence and fitness has grown. It was definitely his best grading so far.

It was great to see so many parents come along to see their child get their new belt and certificate. As usual the students are keener to take their old belts off and throw them in the air. This has become very traditional around all the clubs, since I first started it many years ago. Over the years I have taken so many wonderful action photos of it happening. Congratulations to all the juniors for all the hard work they have given over the last few months.

Benjamin demonstrating an inside hock throw

Benjamin demonstrating an inside hock throw

Milo Showing a shoulder hold

Milo Showing a shoulder hold

Infants presentation

Infants presentation

It is always great teaching the teenagers at Dereham, as they are all so keen to learn and work really hard.

For the first time ever one of my teenagers, Nesta James is doing PE as part of her GCSE exams. She was able to nominate Ju Jitsu as part of her practical assessment of her course. I was given guidelines of what she had to show in a lesson which was going to be watched by her PE teacher on a chosen date.

So for as few weeks I had to work out a lesson plan so she could be tested by her teacher doing a lesson. When I looked at the guidelines there were many parts that had nothing to do with Ju Jitsu, some of the techniques were from karate and other martial arts, which I found very strange when it was meant to be all about Ju Jitsu.

Luckily for Nesta being a green belt most of it she has already learnt and been graded for. The only things I had to teach was to do a certain amount of different punches and blocks in a kata form – see what I mean? That’s the karate added bit. There was also a couple of hair grabs, which wasn’t a problem to teach her a couple of Ishin Ryu Style techniques. Nesta was very nervous on the night of the testing, I must admit I was very nervous myself it to me back to the early days of my grading. The time went so quick; I was shocked when the hour had gone. I was really impressed with how Nesta coped and she trained so hard, even though she was so nervous. A week later she found out that she got a score the maximum of ten points.

Congratulations Nesta for all the amazing work you have put into your training and a very well deserved maximum score of 10 for your PE GSCE exam.

Daniel & James defence against a rear grab

Daniel & James defence against a rear grab

Junior presentations

Junior presentations

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