St Columba’s Ju Jitsu Club
Term Report, December 2014

Firstly I would like to say a big well done to Michael Hawker for achieving this year’s Student of the Year. Michael is a fantastic student not just this year but every year. He is very popular in the class and is always willing to help. Having become one of the highest grades in the class Michael has a lot of lower grades and new students look up to him and that shows in the way they behave. I would like to say a big well done to Michael Hawker I am very proud and you have made not just the Ishin Ryu School proud also St. Columba’s proud.

Michael Hawker student of the year

Michael Hawker student of the year

This term all the kids at St. Columba’s have been working hard, learning some new throws and hold downs and also some arm and shoulder locks. Everything we learned 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 themselves from a bully, whether it is them kicking punching or grabbing. The students had lots 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 our breakfalls. 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.

This term student of the month has gone to Conor McLeod. Conor always works extremely hard and is always helping over students in the class. Well-done Conor keep up the good work.

Conor McLeod student of the term

Conor McLeod student of the term

Happy students with their new belts

Happy students with their new belts

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.

A big well-done to all the students at St Columba’s class having passed their last gradings of the year. This has been an amazing term for the students, having been working so hard getting ready for the grading.

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.

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, 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 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.

Everyone working hard on wrist locks

Everyone working hard on wrist locks

Akshil Sheth showing some good wrist locks

Akshil Sheth showing some good wrist locks

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