This term I would like to say a big well done to Sean Bradley on becoming this terms student of the term. Sean is a hard worker and never gives up, he listens to everything that has been said and is always the first one with his hand up. I use him a lot as my helper and he reminds me of a younger me. Well done Sean keep it up!
All our students this term have been working on their basic breakfalls and rolls, with everyone showing a big improvement from last year and are settling into the class well.
Throughout the month I wanted to see how they would cope with basic grappling, I paired everyone up with someone roughly their size and weight. With lots of smiles, I knew they were enjoying themselves.
With the Grading day on the door step 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.
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 grading’s.
I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and I look forward to seeing everyone back after the holidays.
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Tom Garvin Sensei