This month Leonidas Nosworthy was awarded Student Of The Month as he has shown a lot of improvement in his concentration and techniques. Leonidas is a very happy child and was very pleased to get this award.
During the month of March, the students of High Elms Manor Ju Jitsu club continued their practice of techniques for the upcoming gradings. This class has two age groups so each group is given techniques geared to their age and ability.
The younger age group are not allowed to perform any strangles, arm bars, wristlocks and a few other techniques. The older age group are able to perform all of these and more but under strict rules of safety.
With the month going well and the revision of the techniques all done, it was time for the children’s gradings. They all arrived and entered with a big “Osu,” (war cry) into class to announce themselves to the dojo. With their drinks by the side of the mat, they bowed on. You could see by the look on their face they were ready and confident to perform anything.
The younger age group went first and then repeated by the other side when given the command to change. Each side performed their techniques very efficiently, whilst interspersed with fitness to see how they would cope with the change. The groups then swapped over to allow the older students to have a turn. Following the same footsteps, each side showed how well they knew their skills.
It was then time for a grapple. This is enjoyed by all the children and is a fantastic way to test their skills. It’s always a talking point for the children and of course the want for more.
The following week led onto the children’s fun lesson and presentation. During their fun activities we had a little turn at tug of war, they thoroughly enjoyed this; time was limited as parents arrived in preparation to watch what the children have been practicing over the term. We then finished off the class with presentations of new belts and certificates to line up and let mum or dad take those all important photographs.
It’s time for Easter break and with the children having two weeks off it is a good time for everyone to get away or catch up with those friends and family they have been meaning to see. I hope that you all have a lovely Easter and I am looking forward to hearing what kind of Easter eggs you are fortunate to receive. I look forward to seeing you all when you come back in April.
On the 17th May we have the Children’s Championships in Norfolk, where you can test your skills against an opponent. Further details will follow and if you wish to enter, come see me when you return to class.