Wymondham Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, May 2014

Congratulations to Alby Barker from the Infants and Lydia Ocal from the Juniors on receiving student of the month for May. Alby has shown very good achievement and brings a smile to the class every week. Lydia for achieving great confidence within the class. Well done guys, keep up the hard work.

Alby Barker receiving his Student of the Month!

Alby Barker receiving his Student of the Month!

I would like to say a big welcome along to Luke And Lydia Hawker who has joined us at the Wymondham dojo. I hope that you are enjoying your training and you will build a great portfolio of Martial Arts experience on your journey weather it is short or long.

At the start of lessons we have been doing a great warm up before we start doing our stretches, something that is very important and helps prevent pulling a muscle. I love to hear the young children saying that they are all sweaty because inside of my head I know that their muscles are warm and ready for the lesson that they are about to begin.

The youngest students of the dojo are the infants and they have been learning how to defend a punch and lower their partners to the floor under control by throwing techniques practiced in previous lessons. “Once thrown they would pin them to the floor by a ground hold technique and count to five and then change over” To keep their young and active minds going I introduced a game into the equation but incorporating the technique just practiced. I enjoying doing this with the children and find myself being apart of the game so the students get to practice their techniques on me thus improving their confidence.

The Juniors follow the same footsteps as the Infant grades with their warm up and stretches. We swiftly move onto some rear strangles. Before we start a big safety talk on strangles and paying attention on the use of them. We have being practicing two variations of a rear strangle and they are adapting very quickly. We have also being doing two variations to a double wrist grab. They have been showing great progress with these. We make multiple changes with partners so they don’t get used to one person.
We have been having multiple rounds of stand up randori, trying to get each other down using throws. The more they practice this the better they will get over time. It’s also a great workout and can get you quite sweaty at times when practicing.

The teenagers have been working on syllabus but unfortunately are not quite ready for the up and coming Gradings in June. I am sorry to see a couple of our young teenagers Kieran Evans and Jessica Evans leave us but would like to wish you good luck and would love to stay in touch to let me know how your getting on.

On Sunday 18th May 2014 Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu conducted The British Championships where students from all over the Country participated in the competition to try be the British Champion in their weight category. Louis Ocal and Sonny Clarke participated in the tournament, a massive congratulations to Louis achieving Silver in his weight category and Sonny achieving bronze.
Well done to the both of you, a great effort!

I’m delighted to say that our new adult student Andy Cooper is doing really well and hope that he finds a couple of spare hours in his very busy agriculture life. Gareth Holmes and Mike Walden are still injured but look forward to seeing you both back on the mat once you have fully recovered. Joshua Ciannarella and James Walden are showing great progress with their syllabus but James will not be able to grade next month due to his important exams. Joshua is going to grade and would like to wish him the best of luck; I’m sure you will do fantastic and look forward to telling everyone about it next month. Unfortunately Ben Evans has to leave us, real shame, as you will be sadly missed.
It’s been a great month, well part from my van breaking down but that’s another story. I look forward to seeing you all next month. Keep training hard guys, OSU!

Lydia Ocal receiving her Student of the Month!

Lydia Ocal receiving her Student of the Month!

Junior Class warming up…

Junior Class warming up…

Lily Newitt perfecting her strangle on Billie-Jo Shannon…

Lily Newitt perfecting her strangle on Billie-Jo Shannon…

Infant Class practicing standing Randori!

Infant Class practicing standing Randori!

Sensei Del Shannon helping with techniques

Sensei Del Shannon helping with techniques

New student Lydia Hawker giving her best!

New student Lydia Hawker giving her best!