I would like to start the Wymondham Ju Jitsu Club, October 2014 Report by congratulating Ellen-Ann Hallam from the Infants and Lydia Hawker from the Junior group for receiving their awards as students of the month.
During the month both infant and junior students have been practicing their throwing techniques. The Infants started learning “Body drop and Knee Wheel,” last month. We continued with these techniques this month but added an extension onto the technique and added three pinning techniques. The hold-downs, also known as “Osaekomi-wasa,’ that we worked on were Scarf hold, chest hold and side four quarters. The Infant students went from a body drop throw into one of the hold-downs called out. They repeated the process for Knee wheel. We practiced these techniques and then incorporated a game so the young students could have some fun whilst practicing. I made regular changes to the catcher and changing the technique to help cement the name of each one. With the gradings being next month, they were all on their way to being ready.
The Junior group had the same throws to practice but rather than do a hold-down, they were required to defend from a punch, throw their partner to the ground and follow this up with an arm-bar and axe kick.
We started to work on the punch and block so all knew how to stand, which part of their body will be doing the work, what type of punch they will be defending from, what type of punch they will be throwing in to help their partner defend from and what stance. They started practicing and I asked them to perform ten repetitions with their partner and then swap over. As soon as everyone had performed that, I made partner changes so they could get use to different sizes and weights.They quickly grasped this so we were able to follow this technique on with the throw previously practiced. They all picked this up fairly easy so we moved onto the final stages, which was the arm-bar and axe kick. This, I needed to break down so they could all learn the little technical details needed to get the arm-bar just right. After explaining, they all paired up to practice and I went around the groups to help out on any part that they got stuck on.
We also had a great fitness game, which incorporates giant cards, fifty-two cards and two jokers. Paired up in their teams each group had a stack of cards. One person at a time ran down to the cards then turned one over and then performed burpees to the face value of that card. Cards one to ten were quite straightforward with Jack = eleven, Queen = twelve, King = Thirteen, Ace = one. Howver no one likes the joker which equals twenty! In spite of this everyone had great fun doing this and even shouted out “can we do it again.”
During the rest of the month, we had our Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Family Fun day to raise as much money for our charity “Hounds For Heroes”. Hounds for Heroes provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision we aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life. Parents were invited onto the mat with their children to participate in the activities that their child/children regularly practice on a week-to-week basis.
We started as normal with their games warm-up, leading onto breakfalls. The parents were very good. Watching each week I think has giving them a good understanding what to do. From here we moved onto team races; the dads in the infant group where very competative but a pleasure to watch! We continued the lesson on and got parents involved with what the children have been learning. The children had great fun and I think the parents did too. I think most of the children were counting down the time to have a grapple with mum and dad. The evening was fantastic and with a few sweaty heads but lots and lots of smiles.
I would like to thank all the parents and family that have given up their time to participate on this worthwhile charity.
I would like to welcome along to the Adult class, Joao Henriques Leite. Joao is picking the techniques up and enjoying classes.
The rest of the month the teenagers and other Adults have worked on syllabus training. Josh Ciannarella is really getting to grips with his yellow belt syllabus. His fitness has picked up and continues to train regularly at the club. Linnet Bruce is getting on really well with her white belt training and looks forward to getting her uniform. Andrew Holmes and Sonny Clarke are getting a lot taller and working with a few of the adults improved their learning. Hopefully they should both be ready for this years December gradings at Honbu. It has been a great month and we look forward to the children’s gradings, which start next month.