Ju Jitsu grad­ing adds new colours

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

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.”

PHO­TOS: VANESSA JAR­RETT

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.

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