September at the Lionel Ju Jitsu club has been full, with students alternating between weapons, groundwork, and striking. In particular, we have been looking at expanding our understanding of the Kubaton – small hand-held weapon, pioneered by the Japanese riot police – particularly with restraining an aggressive opponent through a series of elbow and shoulder submissions.
In particular, Lewis O’Connor has really been getting into these techniques, showing some great understanding of how the wrist bends… and where it does not.
Our groundwork has been mixing up between white and yellow belt, and we have been demonstrating how shoulder locks in one position can be applied in other with only small modifications needed. Similarly, the throw we’ve been looking at is the Body Drop – one of the fastest in our syllabus, and the class has really been coming on with this.
The last lesson of the month focuses on hardcore striking, with punishing combinations. The ladies have been really upping their came with strikes in the last few months, giving the men a run for their month, and this time they really turned the heat up.
Kathy Matheson showed us all some blistering turning kicks that really rocked the pads, and Eilidh Ferguson showed that it is not just her right-hook you want to watch out for – her knees are fearsome too! Charley Gilroy’s jabs and crosses are things wonder – there are some hurtin’ bombs right there.
Not to be outdone, Lewis O’Connor and Daniel Macdonald and have been putting maximum effort into their elbow strikes. These are coming along well, particularly with the overhead smash and Lewis’ co-ordination on his spinning elbow is much improved.
Indeed, all of the students are really starting to understand the idea of “striking through” their target, developing some excellent percussive power as they do.
Finally, please remember that we will shortly be celebrating the one year anniversary of the dojo opening on Lewis. To mark the occasion, Peter and Louise at the Decca are hosting a special screening of the original Karate Kid movie on 17th October. Seats are £10 per head and includes food. Friends and family are more than welcome, and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Until next month,