Wymondham Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, February 2014

The start of the month, I was awarding a trophy to the student that raised the most amount of money for the charity ‘Scotties Little Soldiers’. During November, Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu organized an event for the families of our students – all parents could participate in their children’s Ju Jitsu lessons. This was a fantastic event, thoroughly enjoyed by all who braved the challenge! We raised as much money as possible and I am pleased to announce that this trophy went to Kyle Howlett, our very young junior grade. Kyle was very surprised but a lot of effort was put in, so a reward was given. Well done Kyle!!

Kyle Howlett receiving his award

Kyle Howlett receiving his award

Student of the Month Awards were also given out and the Infant class saw Austin Smith as the student who had impressed the most.  For the Juniors class, Kyle Howlett scooped the award.  Well done guys, fantastic effort!

During the month our new students Noah Lebidineuse and Alby Barker have been working on all the basics and doing really well. Alby, the younger of the two, has surprised me most.  Alby’s dad thought that he perhaps would not understand much due to his young age, but now tells me that all he has been talking about is Ju Jitsu, saying “only five more sleeps to Ju Jitsu!!” Dad is really happy with his progress.

The rest of the class have been working really hard on their techniques for their grading in March, including the Major Outer Reap, Chest Hold and Reclining Leg Throw, which the children prefer to call “love the leg”!!  I wonder if Soke would change the wording in the syllabus for the adults, I think perhaps not…

Juniors have been doing the same and working hard on their grading techniques. Liam Emms, our new junior student, has been giving one hundred percent effort with trying to learn as much as possible. I’m sure it will not be long until he will be right at the top with everyone else. Lydia Ocal is persevering hard with her Front Rolling Breakfalls, and with plenty of practice will overcome this hurdle.

It was great to see a new teenager try out our free lessons – hopefully Isaac will continue with us and join the club in March.

I would like to welcome along to the club Joshua Ciannarella and James Walden, our adult grades. It’s fantastic to see the adult mat a little fuller. We also had James’s dad, Mike ,try out.  Unfortunately Mike hurt himself playing football which has delayed his start, but I’m sure once Mike is fully recovered he would love to get himself back into training and join the club.

With the adults and teenagers working at novice grades, we constantly go over the basics and occasionally throw in a few techniques from other belts to give them an idea of what to expect in the future. It’s also great to hear each week how they feel they are progressing and learning.

I would like to congratulate all students at the Wymondham Dojo for their hard work – you will only get better and better with all the effort you are giving…

I look forward to seeing you all in March when we will have the gradings for the infant and juniors grades.

Liam Emms learning his break falls

Liam Emms learning his break falls

Katie Lee Shannon practicing her throwing techniques on Sensei Del Shannon

Katie Lee Shannon practicing her throwing techniques on Sensei Del Shannon

Fantastic Reclining Leg Throws a.k.a. "Love the Leg"!

Fantastic Reclining Leg Throws a.k.a. “Love the Leg”!

Teenagers and adults learning details of line-up

Teenagers and adults learning details of line-up