I would like to open this month’s report by saying a massive congratulations to BOTH our Students of The Month – Morgan “Eight Limbs” Macsween, and Daniel “Cyborg” Macdonald. Throughout February, both gentlemen have shown fantastic spirit and great learning; Morgan’s Rear Naked Choke has come a long way, and Daniel is close to perfecting his modified Hip Throw.
February has been a great month for the club. First of all, our new tatami arrived – these provide a great new matting area to practice on. On the 7th February and I and some of the adult students made the hour long car journey to Stornoway, where we had been invited to participate in a hardcore striking seminar with two-times Scottish Muay Thai champion Norrie Mackenzie, and six-times K1 champion Duncan Airle James.
It was both an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to cross-train with Norrie and Duncan, and we really enjoyed getting our sweat on. We took we learned back to the club, and it was great to see how quickly the other students refined their own techniques.
February ended with our traditional “beasting” session. As the months go by we are focussing as much on conditioning as we are technique. This month we began with ten minutes of skipping rope, which not only improves our cardio but also teaches body coordination. After that we moved into our press ups and sit-ups before beginning our throws.
A big focus this month has been our breakfalls. Learning to fall without getting injured is fundamental to our style of ju-jitsu and all the students have made excellent progress towards perfecting their technique. The major addition to our repertoire has been the inclusion of the front breakfall – whilst there were a few nerves about this, the students overcame their fear and are now coming on well.
Finally, on Saturday 15th March, we will be hosting a dedicated striking seminar at Sporsnis with none other than Norrie two-times Scottish Muay Thai champion Norrie Mackenzie. The seminar is open to all abilities and this will be a great opportunity to learn the basics of punching and kicking. Entry is £15 and the seminar will run from 1400-1700hrs.
It only leaves be so say Domo Aragato. Until next month.
Sensei Martin Adil-Smith