Thetford Saturday Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, March 2015

 

Students celebrating the Ishin Ryu way

Students celebrating the Ishin Ryu way

 The Saturday dojo has always been my busiest club since I first started it back in 2004. It first started with only two classes in the morning, but due to demand I had to start a third class two years ago. All of the classes have been great to teach, and the students always have more energy on a Saturday than during the week. I think this is because it is a weekend and they haven’t been at school all day, so they have tons of energy to burn off.

Benjamin Twite (Infant) Zak Lynn (Junior)

Benjamin Twite (Infant) Zak Lynn (Junior)

Congratulations to Benjamin Twite, who was awarded Student Of The Month. Benjamin has achieved so much since he started. When he first came he couldn’t do a roll and lacked a lot of confidence, even to run round during the warm up. To see Benjamin now you wouldn’t think it was the same person, he can do great rolls, doesn’t get worried so much and his confidence has really grown. I am so proud of everything he has achieved since he started.

Congratulations to Zak Lynn for being awarded Student Of The Month. I have so much respect for Zak in every way. He started with me at the age of 5, passing all his Infants Grades before moving into the Junior class. Zak has always been great to his fellow students, helping out if they were worried. He has worked all the way through his junior grades to reach the highest level of brown/ black with flying colours. It will be an absolute pleasure to welcome him into my teenager classes, and look forward to grading him through the adult belts in the future. I know he will be a brilliant teenager and hopefully an adult student one day.

The infants have been working really hard over the last few months getting ready for their next belt. I really love grading on a Saturday, as they always work so hard and give me exactly what I want. As with all the gradings, they were pushed hard on their fitness tests, to see if they would give up at any stage. I also put them through rapid groundwork to see how quick they could be under pressure. As usual they just got on with it, as if it was a normal lesson. Archie Curtis did an amazing grading at the age of four. To see a child of his age do front rolling breakfalls, breakfalls, groundwork and fitness test was awesome to watch. He will defiantly be one to watch in the future.

Archie Curtis with his first belt in Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu

Archie Curtis with his first belt in Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu

Infants ready for their throws

Infants ready for their throws

Infant presentation

Infant presentation

Well. what can I say about the first junior class? They were brilliant, and made my job so easy. From the moment they started with punches and kicks, which was awesome to watch and hear. To rapid breakfall, groundwork at speed, it was brilliant to watch. The self defence was so good even when I did it out of sequence they didn’t panic or get flustered. The seniors going for their top belt were so good; they would have put many black belts to shame. On saying that I think most of our students in Norfolk would put many black belts to shame. I was also very impressed with the lower grades who worked really hard, Especially Zak Bishop, TJ Curtis & Cruz Filippou. The girls in the class are always brilliant especially Maddison Talbot, Jessica White, who are gaining so much confidence as time goes on.

Jess & Kieran having a special bruv and sister moment

Jess & Kieran having a special bruv and sister moment

Third class presentation photo

Third class presentation photo

The third class is a mixture of juniors and teenagers at the moment as many of the students change from the Monday and Saturday classes. Congratulations to Charlie Garrod, Arthur Wildish & Juris Putin’s who all passed their grading with complete success. All three of the juniors joined in with the second class for their grading so they could get a good grading and have plenty of fellow students to fight with when it came to the cardio part it

The teenagers are a great bunch of students who get on really well with each other. My daughter Jess has moved into the teenager class and will hopefully take her last grading in July before she moves into the adult class. At the moment she enjoys showing the other student techniques using me as her uke. I am sure I have got it wrong somehow as she should be my uke! That’s girls for you, especially my daughter being able to turn it around to her advantage. I am so proud of everything she has achieved since she started at the age of six. I can’t believe she had been doing it for nearly 10 years.

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