In the most northerly Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu club, Spring entered as a lion, and left in whirlwind flurry of strikes and takedowns as the students began to put explosive combinations together. Massive congratulation to Lewis O’Connor on being awarded the coveted Student of The Month. Not only has Lewis’ technique really improved throughout April, but his leadership skills are really coming on too. He’s always happy to talk a technique through with his partner, and work on refining it until it is perfect.
April has seen Lionel Dojo focus on mixing strikes and submissions as a way to quickly end confrontations. As part of this we have been concentrating on increasing our stamina and core strength by increasing the number of press-ups, sit-ups, and leg raises we do.
Refining our strikes, we have used punches and kicks to close the distance on an opponent, and the second half of the month was spent on taking the balance before executing a throw.
Having refined our throwing techniques, we have then moved into the submission. This month we have been focussing on the arm, particularly shoulder, elbow, and wrist locks, and how they can be applied for any number of positions both offensively and defensively.
As is traditional, the end of the month was our regular Beast session, and the dojo put in an excellent performance with everyone calling their partners on. In particular, both Charley Raibert and Eilidh Ferguson did exceptionally well on the punch bag, really giving it buckets of effort and spirit.
The session closed out with a half hour of ground sparring, before moving into a new element – blind grappling! Both students are blindfolded and have to grapple to submission. This is a great way of learning to use other senses, and not relying on strength to carry the fight.
May will see us further refining our throws as well as moving on to the more technical ground submission techniques.
It only leaves be so say Domo Aragato. Until next month.
Sensei Martin Adil-Smith