Lionel Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report
April 2016

The Lionel Ju Jitsu Club

The Lionel Ju Jitsu Club

April has been an excellent month at the Lionel Ju Jitsu Club, as all the students prepare for a summer camp run by BJJ champion Joao Santos, and the next grading at the end of July.

The younger students have been enjoying the teaching offered by the senior grades, as both groups drill through their syllabus, committing techniques to memory. William Donner has been outstanding in this area and both his concentration and memory are developing well, particularly with his kubaton kata.

William learning his Hip Throw.

William learning his Hip Throw.

Jasmine works on her short range strikes.

Jasmine works on her short range strikes.

Our style is a mix of street applicable self defence and competition techniques. This means that, during sparring, we being in a stand-up position before using strikes to close the distance, and hopefully get a throw in order to transition to the ground and secure a submission.

With this in mind, we have spent a number of weeks focussing on short range attacks, and in particular knees and elbows. These are put together in combination to work our opponent’s guard both high and low, to create a swarming effect and overload them. Jasmine in particular has been really enjoying this – being small she is able to slip inside her attackers guard and really go to work.

Kathy gets a great throw.

Kathy gets a great throw.

Charley gets to work on her chokes

Charley gets to work on her chokes

Kathy Matheson has been demonstrating what comes naturally to her; using the same strikes to take the balance, and she is now executing lightening fast throws. Charley Gilroy is learning follow this up very well, and her chokes are developing nicely. In contrast, Lewis O’Connor is favouring submissions by lock, and his JCB wrist is close to perfect.

Not be outdone, Eilidh Ferguson is putting maximum effort into her weapon work, and her escrima stick techniques are something to behold. The escrima is a Phillipino weapon that was the forerunner to the modern straight batons used by police forces across the world, and we train in a number of defence techniques with this.

Lewis executes a great JCB lock.

Lewis executes a great JCB lock.

Eilidh getting grips with the escrima stick.

Eilidh getting grips with the escrima stick.

Finally, all of the students have been putting maximum effort in our regular session of The Pyramid – this is where the students run to the strike pads and knock out a set of kicks, punches and then knees before running back to the line, and then back for more of each. All of the students have been really trying hard and are making great progress.

Keep up the good work everyone and get ready for a fearsome May.

Until next month,

Domo Aragato

Sensei Martin

Lionel Ju Jitsu Club give it their all in The Pyramid.

Lionel Ju Jitsu Club give it their all in The Pyramid.

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