May has been a great month for Lionel Ju Jitsu club, as we further refine our throws in preparation for the student’s first grading on 11th July. A massive “well done” is due to Morgan Macsween – our Student of The Month. Morgan’s technical ability has come on leaps and bounds, as well as his leadership skills – he will now happily talk a fellow student through the finer points of a technique and encourage learning.
The month began with the kata of Palm Heel Strikes. As a school, we never strike to the head with a closed fist, due to the possibility of breaking the hand. Instead we use the heel of the palm to strike and move in for a takedown followed by a submission. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed this, as well as the following kubaton kata.
The kubaton is the weapon we train with in the white belt syllabus, and is a small neoprene keyfob which was developed for Japanese riot control during the 1960’s, and is now widely used in martial arts.
The remainder of the month has been spent refining our throws, and I am absolutely delighted how these are coming on. Students are now moving significantly stronger and heavier opponents with ease, as well as improving their core fitness with increasing conditioning training.
June will be a busy month for the students as they put the finishing touches to their White Belt techniques, and we take our first look at the dizzying heights of Yellow Belt and the infamous Escrima Stick!
Until next month,