Congratulations to Jay Nosworthy from the Juniors, receiving student of the Month for November 2014. Jay has shown a lot of determination in his training and has been working hard with others to achieve this award. Well-done Jay!
During November, the Infants and Juniors have continued practicing their techniques for the gradings on the 27th November.
Our young Infant students, Eesa Khan, Muhammad Ali Amar and Adikeshav (Ardi) Gathiram have been working on their basic breakfalls and rolls. All three have shown a big improvement from last month and are settling into the class well.
Throughout the month I wanted to see how they would cope with basic grappling, I paired all three up with someone roughly their size and weight. With lots of smiles, I knew they were enjoying themselves.
Grading day arrived, and the children all lined up at the side of the mat, where they had a quick pep talk to let them all know what is expected of them. A large “OSU,” was shouted and we were ready to go.
Massimo Loreti, the senior student of the class, then called the line-up. He had already taken his grading the Friday prior but was quite happy to do it all over again to help his fellow students through their grading. After line-up, questions were then asked to all students about terminology we use within Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu. What is your Ju Jitsu uniform called? What does Sensei mean? Etc. We then went through a warm-up before moving straight into their breakfalls. I watched our three young students mentioned earlier – as it was their first belt they were assessed on their rolls and breakfalls, how they coped with a little fitness and grappling.
We have a mixed class of Infant and Juniors, so the different groups are assessed slightly differently. They all had to do the same exercises, press-ups, sit-ups, leg-raises and burpees; Infants started at five of everything and Juniors started at ten; the higher the belt the more was required of them. I did state to them that if they felt they could push themselves further they were more than welcome to, but can stop at their required amount.
With fitness done, it was time for techniques. Paired up, I shouted which technique I wanted them to perform, each side repeating the technique over and over again. We continued this process and mixed it up with fitness and standing grappling. The class worked extremely hard and I was only too happy to inform them all they have passed their gradings. Finn Craigen, who was unfortunate to not participate due to illness, will undertake his grading in the first week of December when we look forward to games lesson and presentations.
Well done to you all!