Ju Jitsu grading adds new colours
A TOTAL of 35 eager and excited children sat before Sensei Luke Siegmeier for their second Ju Jitsu grading of the year.
“It is basically a test of their knowledge and skill of the art,” Sensei Luke said.
“And it is also a display of the attitude they show.”
The gradings are held three times a year, generally in May, August and November.
Juniors are nominated for the gradings if they are deemed to be ready and from the gradings they receive a belt or a tip to go on their belt.
To move on to the next belt, it is required you have two tips.
“They hold the coloured belt for around 12 months and do the three gradings a year so if they are on the white belt it goes yellow tip, yellow tip, yellow belt,” Sensei Luke said.
August’s grading saw the presentation of new coloured belts to the juniors.
“It is important for the children to see themselves move on to higher belts as a fruition of their efforts,” Sensei Luke said.
The grading involved various techniques set for various levels.
“It depends on their grade level,” Sensei Luke said.
“The higher grades are required to do a high level of techniques than the lower grades like whites, yellows and some oranges.”
The local Ju Jitsu junior club at the Biloela PCYC has quite a few members ranging from five to 12 years old.
“It is a fairly good spread, we get quite a few of the little kids in five to six years right through to end of primary school ages,” Sensei Luke said.
“Layla Davis and Ashton Perry have been training with us for five years or so, they are highest juniors at the moment with brown belts.”
While they are hundreds of variations and styles of Ju Jitsu, Sensei Luke said they are linked back to self-defence.
“Our style is essentially a system of self-defence with various attacks, defences from punches, strangles, bear hugs,” he said.
“The kids don’t do knives but the higher levels can do stick attacks.
“Head locks, all different kinds of things.
“And within that is the techniques of breaking the person’s balance, joint locking techniques, the throws.”
Sensei Luke has been involved with Ju Jitsu personally since 1996 before starting up the local Biloela club in 2003.
He couldn’t be more passionate about the ancient martial art if he tried.
“It’s all about empowerment, and this is what I tell the kids all the time, it’s about having a positive influence on people,” Sensei Luke said.
“If you have a positive influence on someone’s life, even if it is in some small way, you must be doing something right.
“And sports are a good way to do that.”
Sensei Luke enjoys seeing the children grow and flourish and they continue to train over the years.
He hopes to see more juniors become involved with Ju Jitsu.
“It is character building, developing some virtues that are lost in today’s society unfortunately these days, loyalty and respect,” he said.
“And we make it fun, they are not only learning a martial art but they are having fun, we incorporate games to the class and try to make it energetic and upbeat for the whole hour.”
KICKING IT: Layla Boyd does a snap-kick.
Albie Dowling with Bella Smith.
Aaron Picton with Bradley Chiteura on the ground.
Felicia Byrne making a move on Kate Grange.
The group does break fall techniques.