I would like to start this term off by saying a big well done to Lucas Yates. He has been working so hard and has not missed a lesson. Lucas is always helping other students in the dojo and never gives up. Well done Lucas keep it up.
The Manor Lodge 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.
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 grading’s 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 grading’s 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.
I Hope everyone has a lovely Easter and look forward to seeing everyone back after the holidays for more exciting Ju Jitsu.
Next term the year one classes will be working on basic throws from standing. The year two and three classes will be learning some quick take downs from standing and finishing off with holds. The year four, five and six classes will be doing standing up grappling plus arm locks and leg locks from the ground. Next term looks to be an exciting one already.
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Tom Garvin Sensei