The second full month of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu in Stornoway has been a hectic one with, with the new adults getting to grips with the demands of basic conditioning and throws, and students travelling down from the Lionel Dojo to maximise their training time before their White Belt grading on 11th June.
We have been covering the basics of ju jitsu; closing the distance, taking the balance, and transitioning, as well as introducing the Kubaton – a small neoprene weapon that has been pioneered by the Japanese Riot Police since the early 1960’s.
Showing the basic ground work techniques has been a lot of fun, and we have been demonstrating the application by neutralising an attack with a block, before executing a throw and then seeking a submission by way of a lock or a choke. All of the students have been enjoying this as it combines the stand-up game with ground work
Into this we have also been learning a number of self defence techniques, and at this level is dealing with a grab to the lapel. The ensuing flurry of elbows and knees is combined with the basics of body mechanics, and the opponent is sent either spinning off or goes directly to the ground.
As with everything we teach, we learn by doing, and with so many different body types and skill-sets it has been important for the students to discover what works for them. As such we have been mixing up some light stand up sparring with some heavier ground grappling, and it has been fantastic to see everyone’s lock and chokes becoming much more clean and crisp.
July will see us move into more chokes and holds as well as enjoying a club trip to the mainland to see the UFC in Glasgow on July 18th.
Until next month, domo aragato