Congratulations to William Fulcher, receiving Student of the Month for May 2015. William continues to work hard and be very supportive when working with other students.
Hopton Ju Jitsu club at the start of May was a little light due to the children away on a school trip but that didn’t stop us having a great session. After line up, we had relay races to get the class warm. Three teams of three and itching to go! We had multiple rounds and each time making it a little harder, sprints, press-ups, burpees and much more; they were eager to do more but we had to call a halt on the fitness and start some techniques.
We had lots of practice of hip throw over the past two weeks; the children are getting more comfortable with their throwing ability so I made a large circle; one person at a time would perform a hip throw on each student around the circle until back to the start and then the next person would go. This is a great learning as each person is different to throw!
Just before the start of the lesson on the second week Greta Fagher was first to arrive for Ju Jitsu after school. I worked with Greta to teach her how to tie her belt; Greta picked this up quite quickly so aided me to teach the rest of the class. With many repetitions, the class really progressed, well done to all of you that mastered tying your belt and then helped around the class.
The rest of the time that we had during lesson was then practiced doing stand up grappling, with limited space, the infant and junior class took it in turns to practice.
The third week of the month I arrived at Hopton Primary School to start teaching but was startled to find that the road was closed and all traffic was being diverted by ten minutes, after following the diverts I found the road being closed at the other end, this was not good as I knew that I would now be late to start teaching; I immediately rung the school office (Once I had a signal) to notify them of the situation. After arriving back at the school and going around the road-closed sign, I found that the road was closed a lot further down. After unloading my mats and having trouble parking my trailer due to end of school pick-ups, I was met by the children wanting to start their Ju Jitsu classes, but with their help the mats were taking into the hall and set up in no time – Thank you boys and girls!
We got the class started and immediately went into a few breakfalls before sitting them down to discuss about the competition on Sunday. A quick guidance on the drills and then straight into more practice of stand-up grappling. With a few pairs at a time I mixed them up to gain different grappling experiences; some really good takedowns and pins. Near the end of the lesson we finished off with sumo (Two people in the middle trying to push one another out) unfortunately the children wanted more but we run out of time. I then gave a quick good luck message to everyone competing Sunday!
During the forth lesson we concentrated at defending a grab from over the arms, with a strike to the mid section, a little push and a throw, their partners were down! Both sides repeated this many times and then changed to defend an escape from behind.
On the 17th May 2015, we had the British Championships and everyone was super excited for the day! The arena was all set up over the weekend and with all the referees arriving early Sunday morning for a quick briefing.
William Fulcher, Greta Fagher, Ryan Harrington, Phoenix Warner entered into the junior category; William performed fantastic and was ranked 2nd place British Champion within his weight division. Well done William. Great performance!
Greta, Ryan and Phoenix made the Hopton School Ju Jitsu club very proud and fought very hard. I would like to give special mention to Greta after getting strangled quite hard and then picking herself up and going back on to fight again. That means more than any medal, what a superhero! Next year we will have more experience and most certainly do better.
Next month we will be concentrating all our efforts to practicing our defences from a bear hug, both front and back. Well done everyone, keep up the good work!