Congratulations to Matthew Blackaller and Maria Gomes who are both awarded Student of the Month for March 2015. Matthew has shown great progress with his training whilst Maria continues to work hard every lesson.
I would like to welcome Levi Campbell to the Infant class who is fitting in well and enjoying training.
At the beginning of March both the Infant and Junior classes started the month off with relay races. A team event where they could compete against each other to either win points or prevent extra exercises by losing. The exercises ranged from press-ups, sit-ups, burpees, jumps and others to throw in the mix. All these exercises would help with the motor mechanics of the body. After a drink it would be time to go over their techniques that they have practicing for their up-coming gradings.
The Infant class have been working on a range of techniques, bridging their partner off of them, taking them down to the ground from a standing position and pinning them with a choice of holds. They had four techniques to work on. The Junior class had a few different techniques, the main ones being “strangles from a mounted position”
The Junior class also had a slightly different exercise to perform. They would sit back-to-back, working as a team they would interlock their arms and push against each other to try stand to their feet and come back down again. This was great fun and they wanted to repeat over again once accomplished.
The Teenagers throughout the month practiced their grading techniques so they could hone their skills for their summer gradings. Stevie-Leigh Malkinson pushed herself each week and will surely be ready to undertake her exam. Linden Turner has made a magnificent advancement in his training and makes me very proud to see how far he has come. I’m under no illusions that if he continues to train the way he is now he will advance quite comfortable to the adult class when he comes of age.
During the second week the children from the Bishops Ju Jitsu club under took their grading exam. At the start they were tested on general knowledge questions, how to perform their line-up at the start of a lesson, their dojo kun (training oath) spoken in Japanese and in English. They were then tested on their physical fitness; each child would perform different amounts for their different coloured belts. The lower the belt the less they would do, and the higher the belt the more they would do.
Shortly after a water break they would then move on to demonstrate their grading techniques before being worked hard on their kneeling and standing grappling. The senior belts would have to perform a lot more exercises near the end of their exam.
Each class worked very hard but I would like to mention Amy Gilbert, who although young continued to push herself. Macie Cooper who has not long started gave a fantastic effort – well done to you both.
I would also like to say well done to the Junior class who repeatedly push and push themselves further. Well done to Chloe Gilbert and Billie-Jo Shannon who, despite having a few injuries, wanted to continue and push through their tests. The following week saw the class games and presentations when all received new belts and certificates.
During the last session of the month, the Infant class had some practice at hitting a small strike pad and working on a couple of different combinations. From there we worked on breaking balance training, which will help them for throwing. The Junior class hit bigger pads, mixed up with fitness and then repeat the breaking balance drills.
With the school now on Easter half term, I hope you have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you next month. Please remember, if you are not going away, our fantastic care taker will be here to open the school for us, so Ju Jitsu will still be on during the Easter break.
On the 17th May 2015 we have the Children’s Championships taking place in Thetford, more details will follow but if you want to talk about it, please do not hesitate to contact me…
Happy Easter to you all!