St. Columba’s College (U16’s) Ju Jitsu Club
Term Report
Spring 2016

Happy class with new belts

Happy class with new belts

This term student of the month has gone to Charley Medley – Davis.  Charley works extremely hard and is always helping other students in the class. Well-done Michael keep up the good work.

Student of the term Charley Medley–Davis.

Student of the term Charley Medley–Davis.

This term all the kids at St. Columba’s have been working hard, learning some new throws and hold downs and also learning some fun arm and shoulder locks. Everything we have learned at the beginning of the term ties in to the end of term grading, with the students showing how to put an arm lock on and also defend themselves from a bully, whether it is them kicking punching or grabbing.

The students have been having loads of fun with this, with one in the pair being the bully and the other being bullied.

With some of the new students this term we have also been going over some basic moves. Every lesson we start off with a line up and worm up then get in to are breakfalls so everyone is forever learning how to breakfalls as it is a big part of Ishin Ryu with the amount of throws and take downs we do. The most popular breakfall is the front rolling, as it builds ups the student’s confidence in rolling and also gets them ready for harder throws as they go up the grades.

Zac Alley with a good arm lock.

Zac Alley with a good arm lock.

With the grading’s coming up fast, all the students have been working hard on their take downs and holds arm locks and shoulder locks. With the lower grades just going over the basic fighting stances front strangles and ground holds I know everyone will do fine.

With two weeks before the grading we have been working on some grappling moves to help them moving around on the floor and also get in a better place on the ground, weather it is at the side or on top of the person.

The class have done an outstanding job with their grading having started off a bit shaky and nervous but once they started off with the lesson all the students relaxed and remembered what they were doing. We done a line up and started off the grading with are breakfalls, calling out in Japanese and the children saying it back in English, left side, right side breakfall, front and back breakfall and finishing off with front rolling breakfall. I then got them all in to pairs and started off with a fitness test having everyone start off with 10 press ups, sit ups, leg raises and burpees. The fitness level that all the children are at is amazing finishing the fitness tests off like it was nothing.

William and Charley practicing breakfalls

William and Charley practicing breakfalls

With the fitness out of the way we moved on to the grading moves starting off with are basic throws four by four, Major outta reap, dropping body drop and to finish with an inside hock. With the throws we started doing some stand up grappling to really put the throwing techniques to the test; mixing with that some fitness we hit the class with an extra two fitness test in their grading. I could not believe it but they pulled this off no problem all I can say is very well done.

We sat the lower grades down and got all the high belts out to do some extra work starting off with 20 burpees and 10 press ups some more stand up grappling was on the cards. With everyone all hot and sweaty we now finished off the grading with some questions about Ishin Ryu and the History of the club. The high grades having done a whole hour none stop still had enough energy to put their hands up and get all the questions right.

An outstanding grading by everyone very proud of the class they worked very hard and was amazing to see all their hard work put in to practice.

I wish everyone a happy Easter and I hope you enjoy the holidays. I look forward to seeing everyone next term, for more fun and games and Ju Jitsu.

22nd May 2016 we will be holding the children’s championships letters will be going out to take part in this amazing event.

We will be kick starting next term off with take down grappling and loads of fitness to work off the Easter eggs.

Ashwyn Lyseyko and Zac Alley doing outstanding press ups

Ashwyn Lyseyko and Zac Alley doing outstanding press ups

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