September has been the busiest month of the year so far, with no fewer than four new starts all clambering into new dogis to roll on the mat with our more seasoned students.
First of all, I must say massive congratulations to Jenny Macleod, who is September’s “Student of The Month.” Although new onto our mat, Jenny is a natural at our art and is not afraid to grapple with the boys, and often taking down physically stronger opponents in under a second. In addition, she always respectful, pays attention to the demonstration, and helps out the younger students – and example to everyone.
With so many new bodies on the mat, we have taken everyone back to basics. This is good revision for the senior grades and a great introduction for the younger students who are learning how to use an opponent’s weight and strength against them. Stan Sopata and Zak Manby have both done really well with this, grappling with the teenage yellow belts, and occasionally taking a point off them too.
The flying armbars have become everyone’s favourite takedown, and we have also been working on hip throws, outside hooks, inside reaps, and Sensei’s favourite, the major outer reap. Once on the ground, we have been looking at the fundamentals of positioning; side control, the full mount, and closed guard. Meg Sopata and Catherine Donner have both been getting the hang of this, and it is great to see them rolling hard with these techniques.
In the middle of the month, we celebrated two years of the founding of the Lionel Ju Jitsu Club. At great evening was had by all as we went to the Comunn Eachdraidh for pizza and chips, and a special showing of Zootropolis.
Towards the end of the month, we started to look at transitions, as well figure-four arm locks, from all of the basic positions, in both natural and reversed positions. The students have had great fun with this lock, learning that being on top is not necessarily a good thing, especially if you are caught in the closed guard position. In particular, William Donner and Jasmine did very well with, learning to maintain position, even if your opponent bigger and stronger.
The senior students have also been doing well, getting to grips with their orange belt striking syllabus. During the month they learned how to use a crescent kick to take down a guard, as well as the effectiveness of using a turning kick on the inside of the leg. Kathy Matheson has incorporated these into her game, using them to close the distance. Charley Gilroy is also progressing well with her hand speed, developing a lightning fast jab-cross.
In the Senior Class, Eilidh Ferguson and Lewis O’Connor have both been progressing with their bo-jutsu form; this is a six-foot tall staff that both students are becoming highly proficient at.
All of the students continue to make great progress, and all are looking forward to improving their techniques in October.
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