Congratulations to Greta Fagher on receiving student of the month for December 2014. Greta has shown great dedication and continues to perform well. Well done Greta, keep up the hard work.
At the start of December we had one lesson to revise and get everything ready for the gradings, which were scheduled to take place the following week on Friday the 12th December 2015. We worked on our throwing techniques, and each student had to know how to perform two throws – Body Drop & Knee Wheel. We also practiced our defence from a punch which would then be followed through with the throw, and finish off with a couple of strikes. Everyone was excited about the up and coming gradings and possibly being able to move up a belt.
The day arrived and with all students hyped up and ready to go. We started the grading off with line-up and then asking questions and terminology used in the dojo. From here we started the warm up to get everyone a little nimble before moving onto breakfalls. With everyone performing breakfalls to a good standard it was time to move onto their fitness tests. As we have a mixed class of ages ranging from 4 -10 years old, the fitness tests are broken down to ability. The lower the belt and age, the less you do, and is then increased the higher you are. After a quick drink then straight into grading techniques before finishing off with standing and kneeling grappling, mixed together with throws and fitness.
All students worked exceptionally hard and gave one hundred and ten per cent effort.
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The following week we had grading presentations and games. Before we could start these we had to perform one more grading, as Megan Clements was unable to attend the grading day due to family commitments. Megan attempted her grading and performed well doing her throws on all the other students in the class. I was delighted to tell Megan that she was successful in her attempt and we moved on to do some games. Games were also given as a reward to all their hard work leading up to the gradings and of course being the last lesson of the year. We then finished off with grading presentations when all students received their new belts. Well done to you all.
With this year now coming to a close I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Next month we look forward to celebrating Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s 25th Anniversary on Saturday the 10th January 2015. This will be a fantastic event with great food, entertainment and a glorious way to celebrate a quarter of a century of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu.
Due to it being our twenty-fifth Anniversary, training will not start back until the following week on Friday the 16th January 2015.