Finborough School Friday Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, March 2015

Students celebrating Ishin Ryu style

Students celebrating Ishin Ryu style

Where has time gone? I can’t believe that the students are grading already before they break up for Easter break. It is so great being in the new sports centre, as we have so much room to use now. I always love doing the gradings at Finborough as they always give it 100% throughout. The infants did really well, especially all the new beginners. It is great to hear a complete dojo recite the dojo Kun perfectly without a single missing word. The infants started with their breakfall drills, then groundwork for the beginners. They all worked really hard, knowing that next week they would get their new belts. Two students that really stood out was Adam Bayes Housden & Amelie Croft. Whatever they were asked to do, they just concentrated so much and didn’t say a word throughout. Congratulations to all the infants that took their first ever grading and to all my senior infants who did a brilliant grading.

The dojo demonstrating their breakfalls

The dojo demonstrating their breakfalls

Well what I can say about the juniors other than awesome. They started with the breakfall drills, and then we moved onto rapid groundwork without any problems. Throws were next, followed by rear grabs, wrist grabs and other self-defence techniques. The great thing with the juniors I can put them under so much pressure and it doesn’t worry them.

Infants being put through their breakfall drills

Infants being put through their breakfall drills

This is due to the amount of sport they do at the school, and it is always before their Ju Jitsu which really helps me with their grading’s. The school has a great philosophy of building a student not only to achieve the best exam results, but to make them a better person and help prepare them for the future. Well done to Louie Sinclair & Theo Kingsbury who worked really well and showed how quick the self-defence side of the grading can be done.

Grace showing a good Shoulder Hold technique

Grace showing a good Shoulder Hold technique

It was great to see so many parents turn up to the presentations. They were all so thrilled to see their child get their belts and certificates. There were plenty of cheers and clapping going on during the students receiving their new belts and certificates. The highlight is the traditional throwing the old belts up in the air. The students love doing it so much they start to take their old belts off before we have done the photos.

Amelie during her grading with Sadie

Amelie during her grading with Sadie

It is also a great opportunity to get a fantastic photo of it taking place. Well done to all he juniors for an excellent grading and putting on an excellent display for all the parents.

Well done to my teenager class for all their hard work this term. Keep up the great work, as your grading’s not that far away. When you get back from the Easter break it will be all work to get you all ready for it.

The dojo presentation photo

The dojo presentation photo

I would like to send my best wishes to William and George Berry, who were involved in a car accident. They both broke their pelvis & other slight injuries; I am so glad that they are ok. They are unable to do any sport for a year to recover from their injuries. I know they are not happy as it means they can’t train. Well done to all my students at the Finborough dojo for all their tremendous work over the last term. Also I big thank you to Daniel Chapman for all his assistance at the dojo. Have a great Easter break, and I will see you at the end of April for the start of the summer term.

William demonstrating a nice wrist lock control

William demonstrating a nice wrist lock control

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