Congratulations to Edward Moody being awarded student of the month for January 2015, you have shown tremendous work effort to achieve this goal.
Friday the 9th of January would have ben a perfect time to start back after the New Year but it unfortunately fell on the same day of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s Anniversary. Nor was it an ordinary one – it was a quarter of a century! Twenty five years! So it was not an appropriate time to start back at the club and we started the week after.
I arrived at Hopton School and was greeted by those familiar faces; we then had a little chat to see if everyone enjoyed the festive period.
The children started to finish their class lessons and immediately go and get changed for their Ju Jitsu classes, within a few minutes the children start pouring in with excitement and eagerness to get started.
We had a few new students having trial lessons, which are starting to settle into the class…
With everyone ready we lined up at the side of the mat, I bowed the class onto the mat and called for Chloe Holloway, “the highest grade on the mat,” to call the class up in preparation of the start of a lesson. Everything went as smoothly as everyone went into a game, warm up and breakfalls. Time for a quick sip of water and then into our first technical lesson.
This time I was eager to show the Junior students some rear strangles. I demonstrated a rear naked choke a few times and then got one of the students to come out and have a little practice on myself to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technique. With the safety talk and the importance of looking after your partner when performing this, I sent the group to one end of the mat to practice.
The Infant class sat kneeling where I demonstrated their technique, an escape when your partner has you pinned to the ground from being straddled. A few practices and then everyone partnered up to go work on this. I moved around the mat to aid anyone that was struggling. We practiced these techniques for the rest of the lesson before finishing with some kneeling grappling, sometimes the highlight of their lesson.
The next couple of weeks we performed some relay races where they enjoy competing against each other in physical exercises. We started to work on a new technique form the standing position where all students could participate. This technique was a takedown, whilst standing you would lower your centre of gravity, thrust forward landing on your forward knee, control your partners legs by wrapping your hands around and safely take them down to the ground to gain side control. When they started practicing this I saw some excellent examples and really showed how much effort they were given.
Well done everyone, it’s been a fantastic month and I look forward to seeing everyone in February.
Right at the beginning of the month we had our 25th Anniversary Dinner meal held in Borehamwood when two hundred guests from around the country gathered together to celebrate twenty-five years of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu. It was a fantastic evening; everyone got dressed up in tuxedos and ball gowns to party together. I look forward to the next when it will be bigger and better!
Next month we look forward to continuing our training, as the children’s gradings are not far away.
Next month unfortunately we have the spring half term when the school will be closed so there will be no Ju Jitsu but you will be more than welcome to visit my other classes in Thetford during half term.