Congratulations to Archie Broomfield and Amouree Wellington on receiving Student of the Month for December 2014, you’ve both worked hard this month – well done boys.
During December, students at The Bishops Ju Jitsu Club have been practicing how to bridge, standing/kneeling grappling and fitness using relay races.
The young Infant class learned how to bridge; Bridging is when you are on you back and you must perform a pelvic thrust as high as you possible can, at the same time pivoting your weight onto one of your shoulders. This really helps escaping out of a ground hold technique called Scarf hold. As the young students are very young, I broke the technique down into stages. Each student would first work on the pelvic thrust. Once this was achieved, we would then advance to pivoting your weight to the shoulder.
With many repetitions we would then see if we could perform this escape technique with your partner holding you in a Scarf hold.
During the month The Junior class had fun with relay races, teamed up in groups they would start with one person from each group running to the other end of the mat to perform a technique or do one whilst manoeuvring to the other end. They had great fun with wheelbarrow and piggyback races, a few finding it difficult at times but laughed and tried to continue.
We tried building confidence with some of the students by getting them to perform a back breakfall from a raised height. The idea was for myself to go down onto my hands and knees and for the students one at a time to sit onto my back and slide off to perform a back breakfall. For all those that thought it might be a little too high, I lowered down onto my belly. Everyone gave a really good effort and had great fun practicing…
On Saturday the 6th December 2014 Teenager students from The Bishops Ju Jitsu club attempted their gradings at Honbu (Headquarters). Courteney Shannon and Linden Turner attempted to grade for their 8th Kyu (White belt). We travelled over early in morning where they would be inspected in their school uniform and all their kit laid out in front of them. After a great turnout it was time for a quick change back into Gi’s, ready for their Ishin Ryu bare footed run. With a valiant effort by all and a little numbness to the feet, they quickly got washed up before attempting their grading. Both Courteney and Linden worked extremely hard performing each stage to the best of their ability. Congratulations to the both of you!
Next month we look forward to Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s 25th Anniversary dinner, which will take place on Saturday the 10th January 2015. This evening will be fantastic with great entertainment and one hundred and eighty people in attendance; it will definitely be an event to remember…
With 2014 now finished I would like to wish everyone at The Bishops Ju Jitsu Club a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing everyone back at training on Wednesday the 7th January 2015.