High Elms Manor Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, February 2014

At the start of February I would like to congratulate Ekta Thakrar have been awarded Student of the Month. Well done Ekta, you have been working really hard this month – well deserved!

Kitan Sonoiki practicing balance breaking.

Kitan Sonoiki practicing balance breaking.

We continued to practice Major Outer Reap, one of the throws needed for the gradings scheduled at the end of March. With constant repetition, the students were able to perfect this throw whilst simultaneously ensuring the safety of their partners. We then progressed the technique – I partnered the students up in pairs to see if they could initiate the throw whilst their partner resisted – a little more difficult as they found out!

The next throws on the agenda were Hip Throw and Reclining Leg Throw.  Initially, students find these throws quite tricky as they find it very hard to relax with their partner. Once confidence in their ability to breakfall grows, they soon relax and allow themselves to be thrown. We’ve also been practicing how to tie our belts. The younger students of the group find this a little bit more difficult but I’m sure we will get there with practice, just like the older group have.

Near the end of the month, we had a little fun with the kick pads, seeing how well everyone could forward roll over them. I laid the pad on the floor to one side so those that were confident could go over the pad and those who were not quite there yet could roll to the side. This was great fun and a great conference booster.

Throughout the month, I also nominated a student that worked the hardest to get awarded an extra star within their progress card. I thought this was a good idea, as they get to the end of their progress cards they’re awarded with a medal for their hard work.

“Well done everyone keep up the good work”

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Jay Nosworthy and Finn Downey practicing their Major outer reap

Grapple…!

Grapple…!

Students practicing their throwing techniques.

Students practicing their throwing techniques.

Good line up to finish!

Good line up to finish!