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Andy WalkerJu jitsu instructor
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  1. PJJC year plan 2020

    At the end of 2018 I wrote a year plan for 2019, and just before 2020 comes in, I’d like to put my thoughts for the forth coming year on record. 2019 was a fantastic hectic year and expect 2020 to be just as fruitful.

    We hope to grow on the success of the juniors & adult’s classes with retaining the new & existing members into growing into an even bigger club for 2020.

    We have a few mid to high grade juniors who potentially are looking at a junior black belt in early 2021, so by the end of the year we hope to have at least 3 juniors’ 1st Kyu brown belts. The junior stripe belts enjoy the classes, but retention is difficult due to the length of time each junior takes to get their foot of the kyu grade ladder. The modern-day junior is often just as busy as the adults, being taken to numerous sports clubs, after school activities etc. Also, being suitability to ju-jitsu is another factor.

    There is a new Little Warriors class for the 4 to 7 yr old children which was started by Sensei Wendy with the help from Sensei George Pearce & junior student “little Leon” and we hope that this class is a nursery for fully fledged junior section of Poole Ju-jitsu club.

    We are starting a Sunday morning session for additional training for members, with weapons, Kata & syllabus training and hope this is a springboard for regular training for the students.

    An in-house Coaching course is planned for January which is open to ages above 14 yrs and higher than Blue belts. And the development of new talent coming through is fundamental to the longevity of Poole Ju-jitsu.

    The club had a few visiting instructors and 2020 we hope to invite at least four guest instructors for throughout the year, so watch this space.

    The embroidered Gi’s have been successful and attire is been looked at for hoddie’s & T-shirts. We hope to roll out a T-shirt in time for summer & hoddie’s in time for Autumn.

    The Martial Arts Centre has signed a new five-year lease so the time at the centre is secure which makes growing the ju-jitsu club a big positive for the next five years.

    There was a wobble in the summer with issues rising their ugly head by the Karate club at the centre and could of shook the martial arts centre to the floor, but the lease holder remained strong and resilient. So, for 2020 we hope to remain a strong force in Poole and have the next generation of ju-jitsu instructors coming through.

  2. Year plan for 2021
    Another year over and my yearly plan never really changes. And who would have expected 2020 to turn out as it did.
    I think for the first three months of 2021 we will still have restrictions & social distancing. Trying to plan beyond may prove harder, but we will still focus on building the club and numbers.
    Last year we had our first internal club coaching course for juniors & adults for members wishing to progress on to teaching Ju jitsu, we hope that the quality of teaching will reach a good standard throughout. We have our first junior brown belt for some time and two adult brown belts who hopefully can grade to black belt later in 2021.
    The new website was launched in December and we expect that this should attract more new members and give a better feel for what new members can expect.
    I personally have been working on throws & the sets of six techniques which is on the black belt syllabus and are now adding the counter throws, mainly to keep fit and sharp but to experiment with the techniques and develop better techniques.
    For the first three months of 2021 we will focus on syllabus training and gradings, then the next quarter on competition training and fitness. Then the summer months, hopefully travelling to the HQ for high grades training and guest instructors visiting the club and finally the last quarter to syllabus training finishing off the year with gradings.

  3. Training in 2020 was not easy with all the restrictions. but I managed to keep my 25+ throws in (around 40 throws) and the sets of 6 defenses on the black belt syllabus which are 6 X eyes & ears, 6 x Open hand, 6 x bottom fist, 6 x Elbows, 6 X Wrist & arm & 6 x multiple strikes. If I weren’t happy with a technique I would repeat until I was happy or was a good throw etc.
    I Started to work on counter throws and focused on the first counter which was Hip throw and exhausted that one before moving on the next one,,, But working for an hour was quite difficult as you could see how much work I had put in with the amount of sweat coming out of me, But loved the training and believe that this is the way you should train, at a high intensity, do go past that technique until it’s an acceptable standard and most of all experiment with the technique to find the best way to do the technique.
    I changed the way I do Corner throw, Shoulder wheel & Crash by experimenting with techniques. You also find variations of different throws on different partners which was even more impossible with the Covid restrictions.
    Keep working hard everyone and enjoy.


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