Congratulations to Oscar Robinson from the infant class and Alex Nesbitt from the junior class on receiving Student of the Month for July 2015. Oscar is doing really well and you continue to perform on a weekly basis. Alex although new to Ju Jitsu is really settling in well, Alex gives one hundred per cent effort all the time. Fantastic effort by the pair of you, Keep it up!
On 7th July 2015 the Wymondham Ju Jitsu club had their class gradings. The children arrived early to class in preparation to start, water bottle set aside and eager to go. With a big bow from myself, the children got onto the mats manoeuvring themselves to one end in preparation to perform line-up. The highest belt of the class would call line-up; the rest of the class would then scream at the top of their voice a loud “OSU”
This format is carried out for all classes, they are then assessed on how well they perform line-up, how they stand, kneel, call the dojo oath in Japanese and English. We further this by asking them questions on items within the class, details about a uniform, who is the instructor and who is the founder and chief instructor of the organisation.
This process is carried out in all classes within the organisation. With the technicalities finished it was time for class warm-up, followed immediately by breakfalls. This stage of the exam is tested on all belts regardless of grade. The higher the belts usually the more confident they become and the more technical they are. A fantastic start so after a quick drink of water we got all the children to line-up down the centre of the mat facing a partner in preparation for the fitness tests.
We started the fitness test with press-ups followed shortly by sit-ups, then leg raises and finishing off with burpees. With both classes performing really well we swiftly moved on to the techniques that they have been learning over previous weeks.
The infants have been learning escapes when grabbed over or under the arms from either the front or back.
The junior class has been doing palm heel strikes, different combinations and finish offs when your opponent is throwing a punch towards your head. To see how the children cope under pressure we add fitness in between, of course making them quite hot! This is not a problem to most of them as they do it on a weekly basis.
Next comes kneeling and standing grappling, this is where they fight standing and kneeling down, testing their fighting spirit, their will never to give up and of course to tire them out a little bit more before
doing another run of their techniques. Both the infant and junior class had a fantastic grading I would like to congratulate them all.
The following week we had class games, this is always exciting times for the children as it’s a reward for all their hard work whilst leading up to this point. We played a few different games but the best game of all that they really enjoy is called dodge ball, with a bag load of softballs they are eager to chuck them at each other. After the game is finished they wipe themselves down from all the sweat after playing games. After this, it was time for the grading presentations. “A very special occasion where mums, dads, Grandparents and any other family member can come along and record their extraordinary achievement”
The following week the infant class had some exciting fun performing their breakfalls whilst holding on to my uniform; this is where they would run up to me, grab hold of my lapel chuck there bodies up into the air and perform a side break fall. This was repeated many times both on the left and the right. We also had fun striking some shields and learning different combinations.
The junior class helped Jacob Ocal through his grading by giving him partners to perform his techniques with. Jacob was pushed quite hard considering that he was attempting his last belt within his junior class. Jacob performed many fitness tests and throws. After speaking to Jacob at the end of the lesson I’m pretty sure that this is the hardest Jacob has had to work to achieve his belt. Thank you to all the other junior students who help Jacob fulfil his next goal.
With the gradings finished, the summer holidays here I’m sure most of you are going away, if so I wish you a safe trip, and a fantastic holiday!
For those of you who were not going away, Please remember that Ju Jitsu classes will still be on over the summer holidays. Please bring a friend along and let them enjoy TWO free taster sessions!