Student Of The Month was awarded to Samuel Gower from the Infant class who has been working very hard. Student of the Month for Juniors was awarded to Daryl Dixon for her determination during gradings.
I would like to welcome along to the Junior class Ruby Keymer who is friends with Daryl Dixon. Daryl has been helping Ruby with some basics. Ruby has shown great improvement in the short time that she has been with us. Great effort Ruby!
At the beginning of March both the Infant and Junior classes started the month of with some relay races. They would be paired into teams and compete against each other. We mixed the exercises up consisting of the following: Press-ups, sit-ups, forward rolls, jumps, crab walks, sprinting and much more. Each exercise would work different muscle groups and manoeuvrability. After we would practice our grading techniques.
The Teenagers and adults have been working on their syllabus throughout the month. A couple of weeks we had a few students unwell which left some great training for Andrew Holmes who got a one-to-one to brush up on his white belt syllabus.
This month we also had the children’s gradings with all working exceptionally hard and demonstrating their techniques required of them. The children were asked general knowledge questions of the club, required to demonstrate their line up and know their dojo kun (Training Oath) in Japanese and English. After a quick sip of water, we went into basic fitness tests where they would carry out a set amount of fitness for their belts.
The lower the belt, the less was required of them and the higher the belt the more was required. Each group worked to a very high standard. The following week we had class presentations where they jumped for joy when they all passed.
The last two weeks of the month we worked on balance for both classes to understanding what is required before attempting a throw. The Infant class worked on hip throw where I broke down the technique in manageable sizes for them to take in and practice. The Juniors worked on throwing techniques but using belts as markers to help with the footwork. Countering a throw was also practiced using a crash mat to help gain confidence with the commitment of the technique.
Keith Gallick from the Honbu Dojo also visited us and partnered with Joshua Ciannarella to practice some orange belt syllabus. Keith, it was great having you train with us and I’m sure it is appreciated by Josh. The last week we had a new starter Shane Murphy who loved every bit of his training and was eager to practice more.
Our teenagers were unable to make that session as Easter half term was here and due to going away to visit families. Andrew Holmes was not able to attend because of illness. Andrew I hope you get well soon!
On Sunday 17th May 2015 we have the Children’s Championships held in Thetford, Norfolk. More details will follow but if you wanted to talk about it at the club, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you when you return and remember if you’re not going away, Ju Jitsu will still be on as normal.