Thetford Saturday (U16’s) Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report
May 2016

What a championship for the Thetford clubs

What a championship for the Thetford clubs

I have decided to use this month’s report to congratulate all my students that entered into his years British Championship. It was an amazing day for all the students, and the best one that we have held yet. As we have finally gone more hi-tec with all the running of the championship, we are saving so much time. And most importantly the parents do not have to wait for the weight divisions to be sorted.

It went so smoothly this year that the fights started within 20 minutes of them being weighed. The best part of all was that we finished on time, and by the time I finished packing all the equipment away I was home nice and early for the first time in six years.

British champion Archie Curtis

British champion Archie Curtis

Out of all my clubs, the thetford students did extremely well at this year’s championship, taking 11 British champion titles, 6 silver positions and eight bronze. It was so great to watch them using all the skills that I have taught them over the years. What I loved was parents saying to me how much they had developed since last year’s championship.

Silver medallist Shay Taylor

Silver medallist Shay Taylor

To see the students with so much courage and determination to take control, and know the counters to get out of trouble was amazing to watch. Even the youngest infants were doing little throws and awesome groundwork like the bear hug, which is a real favourite of the infant’s students.

Silver medallist George Somerset

Silver medallist George Somerset

It is always a brilliant atmosphere at the championships, with very supportive parents cheering their child on, the best part is when it comes to the presentations and the child’s name is called out. All you can hear is a massive cheer from the parents and friends, and a very happy student standing on the podium.

Bronze medallist Caden Talbot

Bronze medallist Caden Talbot

Championships is so much more then students fighting to become British champion. It is about giving that child confidence that if one day they are bullied or attacked they will be able to deal with the situation and not become a VICTIM. Having taught both my daughter and son since they were the age of four, I feel very confident that they would be able to control any situation in the correct manner, and make sure that the attacker regrets starting the fight or being a bully. Every child has the right to look after themselves; no one has the right to bully them. As long as they are taught to defend themselves & to be able to control the attacker it is SELF DEFENCE.

Bronze medallist Cruz Filippou

Bronze medallist Cruz Filippou

Of course this is the only chance I get to say how proud I am of my son Kieran. It is so hard as I can’t coach him on the day, like all the other parents can. People always say that I must teach him at home every day, well if I had the time I would but I never have. It is all down to the fact that he has been training since the age of 3 and a half. Plus over the years he has trained sometimes up to five day a weeks in the early years.

Kieran steward gains the British title for the sixth year running

Kieran steward gains the British title for the sixth year running

 To be given the opportunity to award my son with his sixth British title and medal on the podium, will always be a moment in my life that I will never forget.

It was a great championship for all my clubs with the following list of awards.

THETFORD DOJO (MONDAYS)
6 BRITISH CHAMPIONS
2 SILVER MEDALISTS
4 BRONZE MEDALISTS

RAF FELTWELL (MONDAY)
1 SILVER MEDALIST
1 BRONZE MEDALIST

BRANDON DOJO (TUESDAYS)
2 BRITISH CHAMPIONS
2 SILVER MEDALISTS
1 BRONZE MEDALIST

DEREHAM DOJO
1 SILVER MEDALIST
1 BRONZE MEDALIST

THETFORD DOJO (SATURDAYS)
5 BRITISH CHAMPIONS
4 SILVER MEDALISTS
4 BRONZE MEDALISTS

Now that the championship is over the students will be concentrating on getting ready for their next grading. As they had been practising their techniques for the championships well, it should be a walk in the park for them this time round. Just to let everyone know that your next grading will be Saturday 9th July, with the presentation evening on Saturday 16th July.

Information packs for this year’s summer camp will be going out to the clubs in the first week of June. As always there will be a limited amount of spaces, as I like to keep it to a small number of students. This is an amazing week for students to spend the whole week together learning so much Ju Jitsu and have lots of fun with each other.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS YEAR'S SUMMER CAMP

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS YEAR’S SUMMER CAMP

As last year’s summer camp was a sell-out, I can confirm that next year’s summer camp will be from MONDAY 8TH AUGUST TO FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST 2016.

Information packs for this year’s summer camp will be going out to the clubs in the first week of June. As always there will be a limited amount of spaces, as I like to keep it to a small number of students. This is an amazing week for students to spend the whole week together learning so much Ju Jitsu and have lots of fun with each other.

Please visit our website www.ishinryu.com as much as possible as I submit reports every month about the students training during the previous month. This is a great opportunity to see if you have been mentioned or appear in a photo.

We also have the new calendar page where you can have a look at upcoming events so you can plan ahead. You can also leave feedback on each of the reports or comment on your son/daughters club and share them to your Facebook pages.

If you have any questions or you are unsure of anything, please catch me at the club where I will be happy to help!

If you are on Facebook, please can you send me and Kevin Pell a friend request so if we need to pass on information quickly I can contact you, and when the reports go up I can share it to your Facebook page so you get it straight away.

Many thanks,
Trevor Steward Sensei

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