December has been a tough month for the students, with plenty of new ideas and techniques being introduced, as well as having to fight the desire for another mince pie. Identifying the Students of The Month has been a tough decision, and going into the final session of December, there were only a few points between all the participants.
Therefore, I am proud to announce Colin Macleod and Eilidh Ferguson as Students of The Month. Colin’s concentration levels have gone through the roof the month, and Eilidh’s fighting spirit is in a whole different league from November.
In addition to practising our strikes and throws, this month we have introduced the tanto as the first part of our weapons training. Both adults and juniors have understood the need to treat the tanto with respect, and they have all begun to progress their body co-ordination by picking up the weapon up from a front rolling breakfall.
December has been a busy month for The Lionel Dojo, both on and off the mat. On the 6th of December, a squad of the adults took on the North Lewis 10k run, raising nearly £300 for Help For Heroes
Bearing in mind that this team has only been training for eight weeks, all of the spectators were left opened-mouthed when our squad not only started together, but finished together… and took first place in the team event, soundly thrashing the local athletics club in the process!
That evening, the dojo enjoyed its first Christmas dinner at the Borve House Hotel, followed by a ceilidh into the wee hours of the morning.
The month closed out with our traditional “Beast” session – a 2 hour cardio-workout where the students don’t stop. We began with the customary introduction to the lesson, and from there it was into the warm up and then into the beep test. We pushed our endurance by upping our reps of pushups and situps, and closing out with a hundred-and-twenty squats.
As the class progressed we got into our throws and then defence techniques, before finishing with multiple rounds of ground-grappling. It was a hard session, and everyone got a good sweat on. What a way to see in the Festive Season!
The club will be closed over the Christmas fortnight, and we will reopen on Monday 5th January – the classes will be at their usual time of 8-10pm
Finally, having enjoyed success with the North Lewis 10k run, the adults are looking to our next challenge… and have identified The Hebridean Cycle Challenge in June, which is a race of some 70km across Lewis and Harris.
Training begins in earnest in the New Year and if any adult (you must be 16 by 20th June) is interested in joining us, then please contact Sensei Martin.
All that is left is for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.