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.
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 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.
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,