November at the Lionel Ju Jitsu Club has been a busy one as we both train for the Ness 5k run on the 5th December, and mark six months to go until the student’s yellow belt grading. This month has been about two things; fitness and getting back to basics with our ground work.
All of the students have been taken back to their white belt syllabus groundwork, and there has been some excellent control being demonstrated, with larger aggressors finding themselves being locked up and choked out. In particular, Kathy Matheson has shown excellent understanding of strangles from a variety of positions.
The white belt syllabus dovetails nicely with that of yellow belt, and although it increases in technical complexity Morgan Macsween has really progressed with his Figure-Four-Ankle-Lock. Similarly, Lewis O’Connor has really taken to his yellow belt kubaton techniques.
The end of the month saw us return to our throws, and both Kath and Charley Gilroy have dominated with outstanding hip throws and body drops respectively. In fact Charley’s body drop is now so fast that we can’t capture it on camera!
Finally, the senior grades have been really coming on. In this class we focus on some of the more traditional techniques to better under the modern ones, and here we are seeing Eilidh Ferguson’s sword work becoming a thing of wonder.
December will soon be upon us, and this will be a more technical month with some tactical striking as well as polishing some of our self-defence techniques.
Until next month,