July has been an outstanding month for the students Lionel Jiu Jitsu, including another summer camp with a premier league coach and everyone ramping up for the grading
Hot on the heels of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Summer camp with World Champion Joao Santos, we were invited to join our Muay Thai cousins on a striking seminar with the legend that is Guy Ramsay. Guy runs the Griphouse Gym in Glasgow, and is coach to the UFC Flyweight Champion contender, Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood.
The sessions were fantastic sweat filled events which blended great striking combinations with outstanding takedowns. There was an amazing sense of camaraderie between the different schools, and the Jiu Jitsu students had both a lot of fun as well as learning a great deal.
Back in our regular venue, the coveted Student of the Month award goes to Charlie Gilroy, who fought off stiff competition from both Eilidh Ferguson and Lewis O’Connor. Charlie has had an outstanding month in every regard. Her throws and submissions have been developing well, but the area that has seen the biggest improvement is in her ability to come forward. No longer backing off, Charlie has become adept at coming up on her toes, and closing the distance with both speed and aggression to execute some great takedowns, and then go submission hunting.
With the grading only a few weeks away, everyone has been focussing on revision and getting their techniques polished. Kathy has been working on her kicks and Lewis has concentrating on maximising leverage.
Eilidh’s ability to absorb the technical details of grappling and submission work continues to astound. She is able to grasp highly complex and intricate information with only a single demonstration, and as a result is really shining both in her standup game, where her strikes dominate, and on the ground.
Our younger members continue to progress well. Jasmine has been working on pinning her opponent to the ground, and William has really taken great strides in mastering the arm bar from the closed guard position.
During the month, we were joined by both Simon and Euan Amos, who came to see what we were all about. Euan has some great boxing skills that we put to use on the pads, and Simon worked up a great sweat during our Pyramid. Well done to you both, and we hope to see you again soon.
In the Senior Class, we have been focussing on our groundwork combinations. This month we have been focussing on Passing the Guard by way of a Smashing Pass, and then transitioning to the Full Mount, before Gaining the Back and getting a submission by way of Rear Naked Choke. This is an incredibly complex combination which is often seen at the top flight of competition, and both Eilidh and Lewis have really got grips with this, dominating their partners as they get their hooks in early to invert the spine.
August is going to be a big month for the club with students attempting to pass to their next belt on Saturday the 13th. Four candidates from Lionel will attempt their yellow belts, and two students from Stornoway will try for their white. This is no mean feat, and the path is both long and arduous, but take heart because when the students gain their next grade, everyone will know that they have earned it.
To put it context, most students never take their white belt, so to have four local students attempt a yellow should be both recognised and applauded.
Until next month,
Ishin Ryu Jiu Jitsu is a street applicable form of self defence, focussing on fitness and confidence. Beginners are very welcome, and classes are held at Sporsnis every Monday & Wednesday 7-9pm.