Congratulations to Jian Khan receiving Student of the month for May 2015, Jian tries really hard and has made a great progression with her training!
The first week of the month fell on a Bank Holiday Monday so there was no training for the students of High Elms Manor Ju Jitsu Club.
The following week we started the lesson off with learning a couple of escapes from a scarf hold. I asked Massimo Loreti to come out to the front of the class whilst I demonstrated the escape. I showed two versions, one when your partner’s head is up and the other when it’s down. With a few demonstrations I swapped Massimo for Conan Li so Massimo could watch exactly what was happening. I then moved around the class and helped with any little troubles.
After this we went over the dos and don’ts for the competition on Sunday 17th May. Massimo Loreti and Finn Downey will be entering and I would like to wish them both the very best of luck and look forward to letting you know how they get on – “Good luck boys”
We finished the lesson with some kneeling grappling to try out those escapes we were practicing earlier in the class. Great grapple, well done everyone!
The 18th May was the last lesson of the month as the following week was half term and there will be no Ju Jitsu at the school. With the children arriving, Finn and Massimo were excited to tell the children about how the championships went. Both boys showed their medals to the class and talked about their experiences.
During the class we worked on a new strangle “Sankaku-Jime” (Triangle strangle) I broke the strangle down to perform in stages and then helped each group with the technique. We worked on hip throw in the latter part of the lesson with Karen Bradley and Daniel Danilenko performing great throws.
It’s being a great month with lots of activity but half term is here next week and I hope you all have a fabulous break and look forward to seeing you all when we return!
On the 17th May 2015, we had the British Championships and everyone was super excited for the day! The arena was all set up over the weekend and with all the referees arriving early Sunday morning for a quick briefing.
Young Finn Downey entered into the infant category within his weight division and was ranked 3rd place British Champion. “Well-done Finn” he was so excited about where he came in the competition; this made me really proud that all the hard work had paid off.
Young Massimo Loreti entered into the junior category and had some tough fights; the competitive streak of each student has increased immensely even since last years competition. Massimo unfortunately didn’t quite make the top three rankings but only marginally missed out. Well done Massimo, very proud of you! Next year will be better, with more experience you really will be on the podium next time around.
Next month we look forward to concentrating all our training towards the gradings in July.