Welcome back everyone; I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year. This term at Manor Lodge we have been working towards the gradings and improving their grappling, throwing choking skills. As this is the first term back it has been great to see all the familiar faces join us again and over forty new faces. I am very happy to welcome all the New Year ones which have joined us I hope you will enjoy training with us.
The year one class have worked hard on getting to grips with some basic techniques. We have practised break falls over and over again in preparation for when the class begin to learn to throw. In addition to this we have worked hard on getting our fighting stances correct as well as some basic punches and kicks. They have been preparing for their first grading off the year, which is their white red belt. I have to say they have taken it seriously and as the grading day came around they all performed fantastically. I was very proud to award you all your first of many grades within Ishin Ryu. I would just like to say well done to Noah Gale who was awarded the Student of the Month for this Month award. He has worked extremely hard and puts in 110% effort all the time. So it was only right to give him this award.
The Year Two class have begun learning ground holds. These are primarily used in grappling and enable the student to pin their opponent to the floor whilst also giving them lots of different option for locks or chokes. We have concentrated on the Scarf hold, Shoulder hold and Side four-quarters, these three holds are the most basic but excellent to have in anyone’s arsenal. They have also been perfecting their Major Outer Reap throw. Again leading up to the gradings we have had nothing but hard work in preparation.
As the grading day approached the class were confident, they pushed out all off their fitness and techniques no problem and didn’t seem to make a sweat. Well done to you all and I hope you all enjoy wearing your new belts.
Manor Lodge’s Year Three classes have worked tirelessly to learn some new ground holds. These are a more advanced level of the techniques they have done previously. We began by revising the Scarf hold, Shoulder hold and Side four-quarters and then went on to learn the new techniques. These were the Upper four-quarters, Broken Upper four-quarters and Reverse Scarf hold which are all techniques that are excellent to use in grappling. At the end of each lesson we have put these new skills to the test in several bouts of grappling
Year four have been training very hard on their basic throws, in a very short period of time they have been able to learn the hip throw and body drop. The knowledge and technique of these two throws will make it significantly easier to learn more advanced throws which have similar styles. At the end of each lesson we have also worked very hard on improving fitness, through lots of throwing, grappling and burpees. As predicted they all were amazing on the grading day and I am happy to say you all passed. Well done.
The Year Four class have trained extremely well this past month. They have been taught a couple of new throws – the half shoulder and full shoulder. Both these throw are similar in practise to the hip throw but can be a lot faster and are also more controlled. At the end of each class we have tried some stand up grappling to try and put these new techniques to use which all the students have found very useful and incredibly fun. Well done to you all. You smashed your gradings and I am incredibly proud of you all.
Year Five and Six have also been learning a new throw, the Reverse dropping body drop, this throw is exceptionally advanced and is in the Adults’ Purple belt syllabus. It is a very quick throw and needs to be technically perfect. The students have recognised this and trained with excellent enthusiasm to try and perfect this technique. Following this at the end of each class we have practised lots of their throws and had a few bouts of grappling. The class have been enjoying the grappling sessions because they have been able to put into practice what they have been learning. Everyone better be watching out at the next grappling competition, I think Manor Lodge will be walking away with a lot of medals. We have also been focusing on arm bars within the class. Someone who is doing particularly well is Annabelle Fage. Keep up the good work.
Lastly I would like to say a huge congratulation’s to Asa Goodman who was awarded the Student of the Year award. This award is not given out to just anyone you have to really earn it. Asa has worked hard through all of the year and is always trying to better himself. I was extremely happy to announce Asa as the student of the year. Well done to you. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see you all back in the New Year.