Potters Bar (U16’s) Jiu Jitsu Club
Monthly Report
November 2016

Infant class with proud mums and dads with new belts

I would like to start this report off by saying big congratulations to Archie Smith in the Infant class and Luke Lehman in the junior class on becoming this month’s student of the month. Luke has come on so much with his training and he is a brilliant student to have in the class always asking questions and getting on with his work. Archie has been turning up to every lesson and always has a smile on his face when he is training. I never see him without a smile and he is a model student helping everyone and always putting overs before him. Two fantastic students that I am glad to have as this month’s student of the month, keep up the good work guys.

Happy junior class

Junior student of the month Archie Smith

To start off this month both classes have been working hard on their grading work as the middle of this month both infant and junior classes have their last grading of the year. Both classes have been working on ground holds and the junior class has also been learning some arm locks as well. Over the past three months, both classes have been working so hard and it has been amazing to see the change from the start of the year till now.

The infant class has been looking forward to getting a new belt and today was the day. With everyone working so hard I know it was going to be easy for them. We started off with a lineup and basic breakfalls, once that was done the fun started with some press ups and sit ups everyone doing 15 of each. Everyone did amazing with their fitness we moved on to their ground work and basic throws putting it into action with some grappling.

With all the students doing 2 fitness tests and showing some amazing moves, we finished off the grading with some questions about Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu and everyone’s hand went up.

This class has come a long way this year and the last grading of the year did not disappoint everyone put in 100%.

Luke Lehmann junior student of the month

The junior class did an outstanding grading from start to finish everyone showed how much they wanted to get a new belt. Showing amazing Ishin Ryu spirit it was something special to watch.

The grading started off with a line up with the class all lined up in front of shoman from their we did a basic warm up and breakfalls. Once that was out of the way everyone paired up and went over their arm locks and throws.

Mixing it up everyone changed so they work with someone different they did the same again put this time putting the moves to work with grappling. The class worked so well together I could not ask for better. With four fitness tests with everyone doing 20 press ups, sit ups, leg raises and burpees they put most adults to shame with how fit this class is.

To finish off the grading we got everyone sat down and asked them questions on the History of Ishin Ryu. Everyone has to get 2 questions right and everyone did 3 or 4 each. 100% for everyone in the class a perfect grading could not have asked for anymore.

The teenager class has been working hard on their next grading which is at the end of the year. With everyone putting the finishing touches on some of their moves everyone seems relaxed and ready for it. Keeping fit and strong we have been doing a lot of fitness and grappling with each over. I would like to welcome to the teenager class Jack Nibblet, Belina Jhugroo, Llia Christophi, Matteo Moretti, Eddie Mejuto, Joseph Hutson and Gregory Panayiotou to the teenager class they have moved from the junior class to the teenager’s and loves it. Learning loads of new moves and different takedowns I think he will fit in nicely.

Lovely arm lock Adam

Please remember to go and look at the rest of the website for up and coming events, now you can see when your grading is, also what the adults are up to and what the children will be doing over the year.
If you ever need to contact me please make sure you ask for my number or email and I will give you one of my cards.

Please remember that Thursday 15th December 2016 is the last Lesson of the year and we will be back on Thursday 5th January 2017.

If you are interested and curious to what Ishin Ryu Jiu Jitsu is all about, please do hesitate to visit our website below, alternatively you can ring our headquarters on 01953 483795 where you can speak directly to our chief instructor Kevin Pell Sensei.

Riley Olson working on his strangles while grappling

Please visit our website www.ishinryu.com as much as possible as I submit reports every month about the students training during the previous month. This is a great opportunity to see if you have been mentioned or appear in a photo.

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Many thanks,


Tom Garvin Sensei & Kevin Pell Hanshi

Rafe Palmer practicing his breaking rear strangles

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