Mill Hill Ju Jitsu Club
Half Term Report, January 2014

So, it’s now the start of a new year and it feels amazing to be back on the mat! I hope everyone is well-rested and ready for the term ahead.

Sarah Wald getting Annabel Goldstone in to the guard.

Sarah Wald getting Annabel Goldstone in to the guard.

To start off the new term, the Mill Hill students have been going over some of the old techniques they learnt from last term by practicing their basic breakfalls, ground holds, fighting stances and self-defence moves. It was amazing to see all the students working so hard and showing fantastic skill in their techniques.

With all the basic techniques going well, we decided to throw in some new throws and ground holds. We started off by showing them a Basic Major Outer Reap and a Basic Body Drop, which all the students found hard at first but then shortly mastered and very quickly loved!

The kids are really starting to relax with not only throwing, but also being thrown. This is obviously hard and a bit scary at first but by continuously practicing they have built up a level of confidence and always go in for a move whole-heartedly.

With the throwing techniques going so well, we moved on to some ground holds and arm locks which all the kids loved. We showed them everything from arm locks and arm bars, to holding their partners down in different positions. We then had the students try out the strength of their holds by instructing their partners to try and escape. At first, some of the students found this hard but everyone is starting to get better and no doubt they will improve as each week passes.

The whole class have been working so hard we feel it’s only fair to balance it all out with some fun and games, which have the simultaneous advantage of improving their fitness levels and teamwork skills! I have noticed a massive difference in the kids’ fitness levels from when they started until now, with most of them being able to complete more than 20 push-ups!

Even though all the children are working extremely hard, I have to say that one student in particular has shown great improvement and attitude towards Ju Jitsu. With that in mind, the award for student of half-term goes to Annabel Goldstone. Well Done!

I cannot wait until the first set of gradings this year as I feel very confident and proud of the standard that the kids are currently training at, and I know that they will go in to their gradings all guns blazing!

Milo Sinclair and Saaya Galaiya trying to pin each other down.

Milo Sinclair and Saaya Galaiya trying to pin each other down.

What a fantastic Front Breakfall by Sarah Wald!

What a fantastic Front Breakfall by Sarah Wald!

Working hard trying to get that hold down.

Working hard trying to get that hold down.