Congratulations to Amy Gilbert (Infants) and Billie-Jo Shannon (Juniors) on receiving Student of the Month for May 2015. Amy is getting a lot more comfortable with her senior grade role in the class. Billie-Jo ensures the class is lined up correctly and helps a lot during each session. Well done to the both of you!
This month, I would like to welcome Finlay Tilly and Herbie Ayres to the Bishops Ju Jitsu Infants Club; both are settling in really well and enjoying classes. We started classes off with a few general knowledge questions just before class breakfalls and fitness tests. It can be comical at times watching the young ones performing their press-ups, as they don’t quite have the strength to achieve these properly.
I then sat the children in the middle to watch me demonstrate a defence from a bear hug from under the arms at the rear. They would break the grip, and then manoeuvre themselves to the rear to perform a shoulder arm lock. We finished that technique and broke off to perform some blind folded grappling, something that Joel Williams enjoys doing.
The second week of the month we started the lesson with line up and a revision, followed by quick game for warm up and then breakfalls. I helped our new students Joel Williams and Herbie Ayres with the little details. Following our breakfalls, the class started their fitness, five of each technique and getting them to run around the mat after each complete exercise. It was a great start so we continued with leapfrog and crawling under the legs to complete five in total before the other side went. As we had the British National Championships on Sunday 17th May, we worked on stand-up grappling to get as much practice in as possible and with a revision of the rules.
The infants, during the third week, started the class with basic breakfalls, worked on their fitness and then practiced some self-defence techniques. Herbie Ayres, who has not long started, is showing great progress and enjoying classes.
The least lesson of the month we went through breakfalls and added an extra to the forward rolls, this time adding picking up a plastic bottle. They all copped really well with this so after breakfalls went straight into their fitness tests. We then moved on and practiced our self-defence techniques by learning a few escapes from being bear hugged. To make the techniques a little more exciting we made games from these to aid with repetition.
We started the juniors off slightly different this month by performing the class warm up in line-up. I then gave them a demonstration of a wristlock before sending them away to practice. It’s at the early stages at the moment but with practice this will definitely improve. With the time going quickly, I moved on to stand up grappling and watched some really good takedowns. I then switched to kneeling grappling with blindfolds, a great lesson indeed.
The junior class started their second week off with breakfalls and then leapfrog, which we call “Over & Unders,” – ten on each side. Afterwards, I went through some work on trying to get into our partners guard when they are resisting also known as “Jigotai,” (Defensive posture). We had a little practice at an outer wind and I saw some great examples that will hopefully be replicated at the Championships.
The rest of the class was set aside for stand-up grappling to get as much practice in as possible. Ruby Keymer who normally trains at Wymondham Ju Jitsu club along with Daryl Dixon have being attending the Bishops Ju Jitsu club for extra training and have really progressed well. At the end of the class I sat them down and wished them all the very best of luck.
The junior class started the third week with fitness. Paired in twos they would complete a fitness activity and then run around the mat and back to the partner to allow them to follow suit. Leapfrog was next before moving onto a stomach throw. A few weeks of practice and we will nail this throw. We then moved onto hip throw to get them all fired up.
As it was school half term and the last lesson of the month we were a little quite at the end of the month. We started the lesson off with breakfalls, fitness and adding different exercises to make it more exciting. We then concentrated on defences from being bear hugged from the front and one to the rear. We finished the lesson off with lots of hip throws.
The teenager class was a little light due to illness and injury, which gave Linden Turner great opportunity to go over his yellow belt syllabus at a good pace. Linden performed to a great standard and worked up a really good sweat! Linden is definitely on track to grading next month; well done Linden, I hope you slept well.
The following week the teenager class was back to normal. A good warm-up with breakfalls and then split into groups to over grading techniques; Stevie-Leigh Malkinson and Chloe Gilbert worked together on their white belt; a few more weeks of practice and they will be ready for gradings next month. Linden Turner worked with myself on his Kubaton and has really got those techniques to a very good standard. We then moved onto his breaking rear strangles, a little more practice and then it will be sorted.
I went over details for the Championships and we had a little practice to see what he is looking for whilst competing. Linden has come a very long way and impresses me with his drive and determination with his Ju Jitsu.
We finished the class off with a few rounds of stand-up grappling from everyone and got a great sweat on. You are all working quite hard. It’s great to see Chloe Gilbert back on the mat properly after having knee problems. Chloe wants to finish all her belts within the junior class and then move full time to the teenager class.
The teenagers continued their third week of training with general warm-up and fitness before breaking into groups to practice syllabus. Linden Turner only has a little more of touching up to do on his techniques before the gradings next month. Stevie-Leigh Malkinson is almost there, just a little more work on her groundwork. The lesson was concluded with rounds of grappling mixed up with fitness.
The last lesson of the month we only had Linden Turner attend class as I’m sure most were away enjoying half term. Linden and myself concentrated on his yellow belt and blasted our way through. Linden is showing great progress, practicing his fitness and syllabus at home and has really paid off in class! I’m looking forward to see how Linden does during his grading next month. Well-done Linden, keep up the hard work.
On the 17th May 2015, we had the British Championships and everyone was super excited for the day! The arena was all set up over the weekend and with all the referees arriving early Sunday morning for a quick briefing.
Young Matthew Blackaller entered into the infant category within his weight division. Matthew performed fantastic and was ranked 3rd place British Champion within his weight division. “Well-done Matthew” Great performance!
Daisy and Lexi Wright also performed fantastic and only narrowly missing out on that 3rd place ranking… Next year we will really try to get onto that podium!
In the junior category Maria Gomes performed fantastic and was ranked 2nd place British Champion in her weight division, Congratulation Maria! Well-done to Billie-Jo Shannon, Lauren Godfrey, Alfie Turner and Amouree Wellington who also entered but unfortunately didn’t quite make the top three rankings but only marginally missed out. The competitive streak of each student has increased immensely even since last years competition. Well-done to all of you, I’m really proud of you! Next year will be better, with more experience you really will be on the podium next time around.
Congratulations to Linden Turner who entered into the competition and was ranked silver medallist within his weight category. Linden has really made leaps and bounds to get where he is now and a lot of it comes from the great support of his family. The Bishops Ju Jitsu club performed fantastic and has made the club very proud!
Next month we look forward to the teenager’s gradings, which will take place on Saturday the 13th June, good luck to Linden Turner attempting his yellow belt.