January has been an amazing month for the Stornoway Ju Jitsu Club, with no less than THREE new starts. Caitlin and Kirsty are both from a Kickboxing background, and Jason has studied several years of judo. All have really taken to our style of ju jitsu, mixing street applicable self-defence with competition based groundwork.
The month began with a began as we burnt off all the mince pies from the Christmas break. Big Steve and I really put each other through our paces, demonstrating basic hip throws, major outer reaps, and onto the rib wincing MHT’s. There was buckets of sweat and one or two gi burns, but it was a great first night and wonderful to be back on the mat.
John and Sina returned from their holiday in Germany in the middle of the month, and we got straight into combination striking, using kicks and punches to close the distance, ready for knees and elbows, and finally a clinch into a throw.
Towards the end of the month we put these together, transitioning to ground work and submissions. There was a big focus on arm bars, gaining them from both the mount and side control positions, and then switching on to arm entanglements, and the figure four arm lock.
The last lesson of January was massive burn out with a big focus on physical conditioning, and over an hour of continuous sparring. This was a great test of character as everyone pushed themselves to their limit and gave it everything they had. Massive respect to everyone who really turned it up – I know that everyone was absolutely exhausted but you kept going. Well done!
February is going to be a big month for the club as we continue to mix practical self-defence with a few ground techniques. At the end of the month I will be away to Ostend, Belgium, where I will be privileged to attend a Brazilian Ju Jitsu seminar run by the legendary Joao Santos. Joao is a six time European BJJ champion, and a two times Pan American champion. We have been friends for many years, and this is going to be a great opportunity to catch up, and go over some transition work. No doubt there will be much that we can learn, and all the students are looking forward to discovering a BJJ technique that can be incorporated in to our game.
Until next month,