August at Ishin Ryu’s most northerly Ju Jitsu club has been as busy as ever. At the beginning of the month, Charlie Gilroy sat her white belt exam. Charlie was away when the other students graded, and this was her chance to catch up. After three hours of technique and cardio-vascular endurance, I am proud to say that she passed – Well done Charlie!
With the students all progressing well, we have been getting deeper into the yellow belt syllabus whilst constantly revisiting white belt. We do this not only to keep the white belt techniques fresh in our minds, but also to see how each subsequent belt builds on the preceding one.
In addition to more kubaton techniques, the other weapon that the students learn in yellow belt is the Escrima stick, which is the precursor to the modern day police straight-baton. As well as learning a variety of strikes, they have also begun to get into some arrest and restraint techniques, which they have all loved. Of note, Kathy Matheson has absolutely loved getting up close for the chokes.
To encourage body co-ordination and stamina, we have also begun our new striking drills. The new strike shields arrived at the beginning of the month, as we have had great fun putting in a mixture of punches and kicks. In particular, Daniel “Cyborg” Macdonald has really taken to it, in one session going for nearly ninety minutes through four sets of drills, on both sides – an outstanding achievement.
The last week of the month saw us return to grappling and groundwork and we showed how chokes and strangles that had been learned in one position could be applied in other, which at the same time presented new possibilities for submissions.
All of the students have had a terrific time, and are asking both insightful and pertinent questions with regard to how the body flows from one action to other, and how there are counters to counters to counters.
Finally, it is hard to believe that in September the club with be celebrating its one year anniversary – where does the time go? 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,