October at the Lionel Ju Jitsu has been outstanding, as the new starts progress towards their white belt and the senior grades focus on their orange belt syllabus.
As ever, we have focussed on a mix of striking to close the distance and grappling to effect a takedown and submission.
Of particular note, Meg has been doing very well at taking the mount position, dropping into a shoulder and using the leverage to rotate her opponent so that she can take the back. William, who is a little more experience, has shown great insight by demonstrating a variety of submissions from multiple positions. His favourite is the figure-four shoulder lock from the mount and is he becoming quite adept at hunting this opportunity down.
With the senior grades, we have made this a little more testing by getting partners to put up increasing levels of resistance to the point that we are moving into a free-sparring environment. Eilidh has enjoyed great success with these exercises and has made significant leaps in not just closing the distance, but keeping flush to her opponent at all times.
Stan has been getting to grips with some beginner takedowns and holds. His outside hook and basic hip throw are developing very nicely and his cross choke is developing well too. Jenny and Zak are both showing exceptional promise, moving onto some of the more advanced techniques such a triangle chokes.
Jasmine too has been learning a lot and a number of senior grades have been helping her with the groundwork. She is becoming quite adept at moving from side-control to the mount where she is able to force her partner into making a mistake and pulling an arm bar on them.
Lewis continues to excel, and we have been running drills at taking the back from multiple positions. His favourite is to take his opponent into closed guard before faking a shoulder and then shrimping to the back. This is simple combination is incredibly effective and Lewis has surprised a number of bigger and heavier opponents with this.
In our striking sessions, we have been drilling elbow and knee combinations. Charlie is becoming a force to be reckoned with here and is showing great determination. We have also been joined by a new start in Ewan Amos and is enjoying his sessions of smashing the pads.
Please note that I will be away at the end of the month, and there will be no classes on either Friday 25th or Monday 28th November. I shall be off to Lisbon to train with Sensei Joao Santos. For those who were not on our summer camp, Sensei Joao is a Pan American and World Champion, and I have been honoured to know him for many years. We will begin to put together a book on Ju Jitsu and I look forward to updating you all on our progress in December.
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