Hopton Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, April 2014

Congratulations to Ryan Harrington for receiving student of the month for April. “Keep working hard”

Working hard on that important pulling action

Working hard on that important pulling action

At the beginning of April it was Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s grading presentations. I am please to announce that everyone successfully passed his or her gradings that had taken place at the end of March. We started this lesson off with games as a reward for hard work leading up to it. This is a big buzz for the children, although it’s games they are still getting exercise from running around. These are some of the games we played during their fun lesson: stuck in the mud, corner game, rats and rabbits, zombie game and many more. Although we had a fun lesson they all wanted to do some blind folded grappling, been able to tussle each other around with the disadvantage of not been able to see; sometimes I think there’s a little bit of cheating when ever they can.

At the end of that lesson we had everyone line up to receive his or her new belts. One at a time I would call the students out to the front, getting a big applause from all the other students and parents. Taking a big bow and receiving their new belt and certificate, with a big smile from ear to ear.
“Congratulations to you all”

The next couple of weeks was Easter half term so we were shut down. I hope you all had a lovely break and for those of you that went away had great weather.
This left only one lesson in the month and we decided to work on pulling your partner of balance using stretchy bands. Paired up in two’s they all worked on one arm first, using their right arm they would have to pull their hand towards their mouth like trying to drink a glass of water. We made lots of repetitions with this arm before moving onto their left. With their left arm they would pull the band but this time thinking they had a big watch on their wrist and try looking at the watch each time, ensuring that their pinkie finger was uppermost. We finished the Ju Jitsu technique off with trying to combine both arms working at the same time. They had a lot of fun using these bands, with tired arms from all that pulling. We concluded the lesson with multiple rounds of randori and tying to pull each other off balance.
Although it’s been a short month we still took full advantage to the time we had. I look forward to seeing you all in May, “well done everyone”

Yeah...

Yeah…

Having fun playing games

Having fun playing games

Megan Clements grappling with William Fulcher with blindfolds

Megan Clements grappling with William Fulcher with blindfolds

Putting that pulling action to test

Putting that pulling action to test

Congratulations to Ryan Harrington for receiving student of the month for April

Congratulations to Ryan Harrington for receiving student of the month for April

Great photo!

Great photo!