November has been a fantastic month at the Lionel Ju Jitsu club, with lots going on and off the mat. I enjoyed a weekend with Sensei Joao in Lisbon, Portugal. Sensei Joao was kind enough to visit us over the summer and run a week long summer camp course, and this was the return leg.
Sensei Joao is a five-time European Champion and two times Pan-American Champion, and the level of Ju Jitsu in his academy is exceptional. A massive thank you to Joao and Ana for putting me up, and to everyone who was kind enough to train with me.
Back on the Lionel mat, massive congratulations are due to Megan Sopata-Bell who is this November’s Student of The Month. Megan has had an outstanding month, developing both her takedowns and submissions. Well done Megan – keep up the good work.
As a class, we have been working on taking the back and executing a rear takedown. In particular, William Donner has been having a lot of success during sparring with this technique.
On the ground, we have been training a variety of arm and shoulder locks. Ewan Amos and Lewis O’Connor have been doing very well with their nearside arm bars, and in December will move them on to the far side version.
Stan Sopata-Bell and Eilidh Ferguson have been making great progress with the figure-four shoulder lock from side control, building on the previous work of getting the same submission from the mount position. Next month will see them replicate this from the closed guard.
Jasmine, Jenny Macleod and Zak Manby have all made great progress with their arm-entanglements. December will them get grips with shoulder holds from various positions, and how to pass the guard.
Finally, we have a new start this month with Melissa Macdonald who has been doing very well and has no fear getting stuck in during sparring.
Please note that the last lesson of the year will be Wednesday 21st December, and training will resume on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
Until next month,
Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu is a street applicable form of self-defence, focussing on fitness and confidence, and is held at Sporsnis every Monday & Wednesday 7-9pm. Please note that this class is currently full. If you wish to join the waiting list, please contact Martin Adil-Smith