This month the students at the Potters Bar dojo had their national grading’s putting to the test the moves they have learned over the past four months and showing true Ishin Ryu spirit. With loads of hard work and time put in to their training it is now time for the infant and junior classes to put in to action everything they have learned and more.
The infant class started off so well that I had a good feeling that this would be one of the best grading’s this class has ever done. Shayan Jhugroo, the highest grade in the class started by calling up everyone to to get everyone in line. With the line-up done and getting straight in to the grading with a warm up and fitness with loads of amazing press ups, sit ups, star jumps and running from one end of the dojo to the over the kids soon got every part of the body nice and warm.
Grading moves learnt include some basic self-defence moves – those from from a punch, a push and also someone trying to hold them on the floor. With quick reactions the class performed all five moves perfectly with more fitness and some grappling on the floor. We finished off the grading with some questions on the history of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu which all the kids had their hands up for every question.
The junior class also did an amazing job on their grading’s with everyone working 100% on their fitness and ground work. With everyone doing so well on their throwing techniques in to arm bars and also arm locks from standing it was outstanding to watch. From white belt all the way up to blue black, the true skill they put in to every move was brilliant, even putting the arm locks and arm bars in to action when grappling it was fantastic to watch.
Once that was out of the way we moved it up a gear and got into the fitness and grappling, with the high grades going for an amazing 20 press ups, sit ups, leg raises and burpees. With rounds of grappling from kneeling and also standing up, everyone was working so hard. I could not fault them, one of the highest belts Tommy Niblett was going for his purple belt having to grapple with everyone and also doing 5 press ups after each round with no break he did an amazing job well done Tommy.
The teenager class have been working on some new ground work and throws to help them improve their grappling skills and also adding more tools for them to use. I have to say all the students have really got involved with learning some new throws and trying it out on me and also each over. Callan Colgan and Philip Filiou have been working with me a lot trying to throw me and once on the floor getting me to submit. I have to say they have done a good job and are training hard on their locks and chokes, done boys very well done keep it up.
I would also like to welcome some new students to the teenager class, moving from the junior class: Sean Titley, Tommy Niblett and also Harry Pavett. It is good to have them in the class and I know that the teenagers will make them feel welcome in the class. I wish them all the best in the teenager class, and I look forward to seeing loads more of are junior students move up to this class in the future.
To finish this month off I would like to say a massive well done to Ruben Bates from the infant class and Isabella Mara from the junior class on becoming this month’s student of the month. Both Ruben and Isabella have worked so hard not just on their training but with everything they do, keep up the good work you have earned it.