I’ll start the High Elms Manor Ju Jitsu Club, September/October 2014 Monthly Report by congratulating Finn Craigen for receiving student of the Month for October 2014.
Students arrived back from their summer holidays at the end of September after having lots of time away. Welcome along to the Class, Adikeshav Gathiram, Muhammad Ali Amar and Eesa Khan. They’ve all been settling in well and enjoying classes.
We got straight into the class line-up, after saying the club-training oath in Japanese and English; students started their warm-up game before moving on to breakfalls.
In September we started learning some throws, starting with a throw called “Body-drop,” I demonstrated to the class before going around and helping out, each time explaining to the groups I was looking over, the little technical bits that help with this throw and to the student being thrown (Known as Uke) the correct way to land. With practicing breakfalls at the start of a lesson, learns the student how to fall and in the correct manor. To gain confidence with the throw, it helped lowering their partners down to the mat so they all knew where their body would land. After performing many repetitions, we were able to speed up the process. After getting more confident I was able to demonstrate another throw called ”Knee wheel,” the same process was then repeated.
To have a little fun with these throws I incorporated some team races. One person would stand at the end of the mat, whilst one person within the team would run up to their team member and perform one of the throws we practiced, run back to their team before being repeated by the next team member. This helps with all aspects of being thrown and performing the throw; everyone will act a little different to each other and stops you getting use to one training partner.
Within the teams, we also had a go at “Wheel barrow races,” this is great fun and helps with developing strength in the arms and core. They all thought it was quite amusing when they could not hold there own body weight up anymore and collapsing to the floor. They all tried really hard including our new students, which gave a great effort…!
It was not long before September was finished and we were in to October. I took a picture at the beginning of the month, as it was great to see the class growing…
We followed on from the previous months training but this time we learnt how to defend a punch with a block, perform one of the throws we were practicing last month, control the arm and perform an arm-bar. There was lots of information and technical detail to take in so we broke it down into stages. Starting with the block we practiced defending the punch repeatedly. Once I was happy with them defending the punch, they added the throw and then the arm-bar, which took a little longer as there’s lots of technical details and safety that must be learnt before hand.
Throughout October we practiced stand-up grappling, team races for fitness and an introduction to casualty drags. Holding their partners uniform they would have to drag their partners down to the end of the mat and back again. Good fun and a fantastic months training. Next month will be High Elms Manor class gradings and I look forward to letting you all know how we got on…