At the beginning of April student of the month was awarded to Noah Libidineuse from the infants and Jacob Ocal from the juniors, “Well done guys”
The Infant grades throughout the month have been practicing their breakfalls, throwing techniques, breaking balance, randori and fitness.
You are perhaps wondering what a breakfall is, also known as “Ukemi,” (the art of break falling) we practiced these a lot as they are used for many different Ju Jitsu techniques, with lots of repetition they can help break your fall in a Self-defence aspect. We also use them when we need to break our fall whilst are partner is throwing us.
This month I changed their back breakfall slightly and making it a little fun. One person would lie on their bellies whilst the other sat on their back. The person sitting on their partners back would have their chin on their chest, mouth closed and arms crossed. The reason we have their chin down is to stop them banging their head when they land on their back. We have their tongue inside their mouths to stop them biting down if they bang their heads and arms crossed so as soon as they are near the ground can whip their arms out and smack the floor as quick as possible.
The person lying on the floor would start to roll to their side causing their partner to go backwards; as soon as they start to fall backwards they could perform their breakfall. They loved this technique and performed many repetitions with different partners.
Near the end of the month the infants performed a stomach throw on me, “WOW,” they went mesmerised by what they could do and itching to have lots of goes. Each student, one at a time would hold my uniform whilst I held their hands so I support their body weight would jump up and place their legs into my stomach and chuck me over their heads…. Again, again, “they said”
It was great fun!
This technique followed onto our next technique which was “inside hock” They made great progress with this Jiu Jitsu technique and were able to break their fall perfectly as practiced many times during lessons.
Juniors had been practicing using stretchy bands to help with learning how to break an opponents balance. Using their right arm first they would try pull their hand towards their mouth, imagining that they were drinking a glass of water. Once we perfected their right hand, we moved onto their left hand and got them to imagine that they had a watch on their left wrist. Each time they pulled their left arm back they would try look at their watch and keep their little pinkie finger uppermost. It sounds a lot to do but once they gave a few goes they were full steam ahead. That last part of the technique was to try get both arms working together. By performing this technique with a stretchy band you could repeat this process as many times as possible and not make you partners neck or body saw.
We also worked on trying to combine two throws together. Attempting one throw, as it fails to then continue trying to take your partner down due to an opening that they have giving you whilst attempting the first. Due to practicing the throws used already they were able to pick this up quickly… Near the end of the month we also practiced some rear strangles and the safety aspect when using these techniques. They loved these techniques but found their throats were getting a little dry, so plenty of water breaks needed.
The teenager and adult class was not that busy due to it being half term with lots away on there holidays. The students that were able to make training went through some higher belt syllabus and gave them an insight to what to expect as they advance in their training.
We worked on a few wall techniques and various others. We practiced some grappling and tried to submit each other using their techniques they were learning in their Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Syllabus.
At the end of the month we had the pleasure of John Fitzgerald joining us at the Wymondham dojo due to work commitments on a Wednesday and not being able to make his regular training night at Honbu.
We worked on yellow as we had potential teenagers attempting their yellow belts and once the Teenagers finished their class were able to run over John’s orange belt techniques in his Jiu Jitsu Syllabus.
Everyone is working really hard and some great advancement in your techniques.
“Well done everyone and look forward to seeing you all in May”