This term the Student of the Term award has gone to Michael Trott. Michael always works extremely hard and is always helping over students in the class. Well-done Michael keep up the good work.
This term all the kids at St. Columba’s have been working so hard from learning some new throws and hold downs and also learning some fun arm and shoulder locks. Everything we went through at the beginning of the term ties in to the end of year grading with the students showing how to put an arm lock on and also defend them self’s 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 over 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 warm up then get in to are breakfalls so everyone is forever learning how to perform 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.
With the gradings coming up fast all the students have been working hard on their take downs, holds, and shoulder-arm 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 performed 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 called 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 ten 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.
With the fitness out of the way we moved on to the grading moves starting off with are basic throws four by four, Major Outer Reap, Dropping Body Drop and to finish with an Inside Hock. With the throws out of the way, we moved on to 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 twenty burpees and ten 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 very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year for more fun and games.
Next Year we will be back on Thursday 7th January 2016 this will be the first lesson back in the New Year.
We will be starting the year off with take down grappling and loads of fitness to work off the mince pies.
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Tom Garvin Sensei