Congratulations to Matthew Blackaller from the infant class and Alfie Turner from the junior class on receiving Student of the Month for July 2015 – Matthew and Alfie have been working really hard over these past months so deserve this award.
The first lesson of July saw the infant and junior class have a dummy run at their grading techniques. We had plenty of rounds of fitness coupled with grappling. Young Matthew Blackaller had a really good sweat on after and I think his parents kept him at arms length.
On 8th July 2015 the infant and junior classes participated in class gradings. The children arrived early to class in preparation, water bottle in hand and for some a little nervous to what was going on. They all stood neatly at the side of the mat waiting to be bowed on. Once the children got on the mat I called the senior grade, which was Amy Gilbert to line up the class.
The class was then assessed on how well they performed this line-up, if they stood correctly and how they knelt down. Next was to assess if they knew their dojo oath in Japanese and English, There was a few other details but before I assessed them on that I asked them a few questions in Japanese (basic words) example: what is your dogi? What is your obi? What is the tatami? What are your instructor’s names and who is the founder and chief instructor of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu.
We commenced with the grading and went through basic breakfalls, fitness tests and grading techniques required. The infant class have been working on defences from grabs over and under the arms from the front and back and the junior class has been working on palm heel strikes; to test the children on how well they cope under pressure we added fitness in between their techniques – this made them extremely hot and sweaty but not once did they want to give up, after a quick water break we commenced with standing and kneeling grappling to test them on their fighting spirit. Both classes worked extremely hard and made me very proud of them, they continue to put the work in every lesson and hope that they put this effort in everything that they do.
The following week we had class games, a reward for passing their gradings. They normally ask for a specific game, which has turned out to be dodge ball, getting as many softballs as possible they were eager to get the games started so they can chuck the balls at one another. After everyone getting very sweaty we commenced with class presentations when dads, mums, grandparents, and any other family members came along to take photos and film this special occasion.
The next few lessons we concentrated on a hold called scarf fold, learning how to escape from it and having fun by grabbing hold of my lapel and chucking themselves in the air and break falling to the side.
Linnden Turner from the teenager class has been steadily working on his orange belt. After Linden performed excellent on his gradings in June he was eager to get back to training and learn the next belt. Linnden is already progressing well and has learnt the basic rundown of his orange belt. Even with the struggles that Linnden has in his life he continues to perform well and not let anything drag him back. Chloe Gilbert who has also been trying the teenager class has decided postpone moving to the teenager class and wait for any other girls that will be joining her at the end of the year.
It has been a fantastic month for the Bishops Ju Jitsu club and would like to congratulate you all.
With the gradings finished, the summer holidays here I’m sure most of you are going away, if so, I wish you a safe trip, and a fantastic holiday!
Once you are back, please bring a friend along and let them enjoy TWO free taster sessions!