Gradings December 2016

Written by bryan. Posted in Grading

Black Belt Karate, Black Belt Kung Fu

Congratulations to our new Black Belts who after many years of practice achieved their goal.

Traditionally December is our biggest grading of the year and the one that prompts the most nerves as it is also the time for our annual Black Belt gradings.

During the course of December we ran three Judo gradings (one at the club and two in schools that we run after school clubs at,) four Little Dragon gradings, three Young Legend Gradings, 2 Urban Warrior and 1 Adult grading plus a Brown and Black belt grading.

The gradings themselves are run slightly differently dependant upon the age groups of the taking part, but each one is designed to be challenging for it’s participants.

 

Ted was very happy to get his Green belt. He’s catching his older brother up.

 

 

 

Our Week of Gradings started on the Monday with The Little Dragons are our 4 – 6 years old and in their gradings which are carried out in class, they are tested on their ability to listen, sit and stand still, meditate and focus along with physical skills such as breakfalling, kicking and punching with control and performing a hold down and a throw onto the crash mats.

Their gradings are time based, which means that they have to attend so many classes in order to pass their next belt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basingstoke Judo

Congratulations Enzo, on 10th Mon, Green Belt and 1 Stripe

 

 

Later on the same day we carried out a two hour Judo grading for both Children and Adults which members being paired off with someone of the same grade to allow them to demonstrate together the skills and techniques necessary to pass their respective grades.

The grading was divided between fundamentals throws and groundwork and for the more experienced multiple attacks and defences were worked on. Their were some great results, Zeus and Theos both gained their Blue Belts with two stripes. 

 

 

 

 

Our Young Legends are aged between 6 – 9 years old. Their gradings are all conducted at a formal grading with pass / fail criteria. The format for them at the less experienced level is to train in a 45 minutes class to remind them of the skills that they have to demonstrate. They are then asked to come up in small groups and demonstrate their skills to the examiners.

Our first group grading were attempting either their first or second belt and some were understandably nervous. We saw some excellent work from them with special mentions going to Sean for excellent focus and good forms and Sara for great partnerwork. In this grading session Georgina who was testing for her 2nd Dan during the weekend was tested on her coaching and assessment skills.

 

Our second session of the the weekend for again for Young Legends going for the Red and Gold belts. The format was the same although given the greater experience of this group, the requirements were more stringent to achieve the results that they desired. Emily performed superbly in her grading and over achieved, receiving a double grade.

 

 

Our final session on the Saturday was for Young Legends grading upto Blue and Black Belt. Given the seniority and experience of many of these children, the format for their grading was designed to stretch them to their limits. After a brief warm up, they moved onto a two hour grading, where they were active for all of the time performing their fundamental skills, partnerwork, fighting at different ranges with multiple opponents and forms. All the while the three examiners were looking at the technical skills of the participants and their prowess. Sophie performed well enough to deserve a double grade in this session.

 

On the Sunday morning, the less experienced Urban Warriors (10 – 14 years) got their chance to shine. At this level the children and teenagers are much more physically able and cover a much wider syllabus. They are tested not only on technical skill, but also on their understanding and interpretation of what they learn and how they put it into practice. Congratulations to Lex-Jay after a gruelling grading and rather a lot of fights he gained a double grade

This was followed by both Urban Warriors and Adults being text for ranking upto 4th Kyu, Purple and White belt. Those who hadn’t graded before were nervous, those that had graded were more nervous.

The intensity is somewhat higher in these sessions and occasionally an accident happens.  No lasting injuries here, but suffice to say that Helen can defend herself quite ably.

We worked through a lot of partnerwork with this group to pressure test their skills in live use and their fortitude under pressure particularly those going for 4th Kyu, the highest grade before Brown Belt including for this group multiple partnerwork. Congratulations to Ryoko who put her skills to go use and gained a double grade to Red belt.

 

The final session was the finale and highlight of the weekend, the Brown and Black Belt grading with 23 members attempting to pass their next belt.

The excitement and fear had built up over the weekend, those people invited to test for their Black belts had already passed the theory part of the exam and now needed to pass the physical test. During this exam its fair to say that there is a mixture of laughter, tears and sighs of relief all interspersed with a ‘can do belief’ and determination to succeed.

This session tested everyone for three hours, starting with an fundamentals to test correct base skills and then more advanced fundamentals. Followed by partnerwork including groundwork, throws, padswork and fighting and forms. The forms are tested in groups, so some people get a quick breather, not the Black Belts, they got to spend time striking the kick bags with a variety of techniques before they got their turn to demonstrate their mandatory form, The Tai Ki Form, designed to show shortcomings in their body condition. Followed by additional forms or Kata of the examiners choice. Just when the Black Belt candidates thought it was all over, they had to do more work, would they fold under the pressure or rise to the occasion, the latter of course.

 

Congratulations to everyone who passed their grading during December, you all received the belt that you deserved. Many thanks to Zane, Isabel, Samantha and Zara for helping with the grading.

Tired but very happy, the final grading of 2017. Congratulations to all.

 

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Black Belt Gradings December 2014

Written by bryan. Posted in Grading, News

Black Belts from BasingstokeWe’ve just finished our last grading of the year with a successful weekend of Karate and Judo gradings. This December grading was also our only Black Belt grading for the year, so the pressure was on for several candidates.We don’t pass people for gradings of any discipline, unless they’;ve clearly proved that they are worth it on the day. Mind, skills and body in harmony, always. Does that sound familiar? https://www.basingstokekarate.com/what-does-shin-gi-tai-mean

It does mean that sometimes we get some disappointment when either they don’t pass or get a grade lower than hoped for. That is and always has been part of the journey as a Martial Artist that we all take. The wins, the losses, the gains, the failures, the changes we have to make to evolve as a Martial Artist, regardless of our level of experience or skill. All of these things go to make up our personal Martial Arts DNA.Our gradings this year went from our 6-9 year olds https://www.basingstokekarate.com/young-legends

 at the Weekend, to 10 – 14 year olds https://www.basingstokekarate.com/urban-warriors finishing with the Adults https://www.basingstokekarate.com/basingstoke-adult-martial-arts-classes

Each group were tested on things from our age specific programmes to test their skills and knowledge.

The following people merited a highly commended pass;- Mia Corbett and Daniel Lynch from the first session. Max Wiggins and Jessica Bellsham in the second. Enzo Cerroni and Jake Stanley in the third and in the final session for the Urban Warriors and Adults Jack Wyatt and Kienan Dolan. Grażyna Zwierzyńska was the only person over the course of the weekend who doubled graded, she went from Yellow belt to Purple, well done.

We also have been over the past month conducting a Judo grading for the Monday class and were pleased for many of them to achieve new belts, Special mention here to club coaches Katherine White and Mark van Meerkerk who along with Gavin Downey passed their 1st Kyu Brown Belt in Judo.


A special mention must go to Rebecca Halil and Leyna Jones who both passed their 1st Dan Black Belts after a rigorous test following many years of dedicated learning. Both girls have been training with us for a very long time and have been training a minimum of 4 times a week in their quest for their Black Belts. Finally Mark van Meerkerk passed his 2nd Dan Belt after his grading week culminating in teaching 4 classes over different ages and abilities prior to his physical grading.
Well done everyone, congratulations on the new belts.IMG_2876

 

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Black Belt Gradings 2013

Written by bryan. Posted in Grading, Updates

Black Belt Project, Black Belt Grading, Adults Grading, ExaminationAs Martial Artists, we should all seek to constantly challenge ourselves to test our knowledge and skills every time we train. As Gichin Funakoshi (who is credited with introducing Karate to Japan) said “Karate is like warm water. If you don’t heat it constantly, it will cool.” Without this constant evolution, we cannot claim to be Martial Artists.

In line with this, we are making a significant change to how we run the Black Belt grading this year. In 2013, there will only be 1 Black Belt grading, this will take place during December on the weekend of Saturday 7th.

As part of their grading, candidates will have to complete and publish a given research project where they have to justify and prove all conclusions that they arrive at.

The aim of this is to challenge the individual on a personal basis to broaden and deepen their knowledge base over a longer period of time and ultimately with the goal to significantly improve their physical and non-physical skills.

The pieces chosen for each individual will be targeted to be challenging for them and although a stretch to complete will be achievable.

Adults will have to do the following

1. Produce an initial briefing by the end of February that will be published to explain

1.1. About their topic and what it encompasses

1.2. How they will be doing the research

1.3. How they will be presenting your findings

1.4. Some indications of their timetable during 2013 to achieve this

2. Between March and November to provide a minimum of six reports/updates on their progress and thinking.

3. Produce a short summary of findings and conclusions and teach a 60 minute class on that topic during November / December

Children will have to do the following

1. Produce an essay explaining

1.1. What the topic means to them

1.2. How they will be doing the research on the topic

1.3. What they personally hope to get out of their work

1.4. How they hope their work will help other children

2. Between March and November to write three essays on their topic. 

3. Prepare a short < 5 minute talk on their topic to discuss with the other children and be prepared to answer any questions that they may have on the topic

 

For all candidates regardless of age, they must still meet the necessary technical standards during 2013 to be invited to grade in December.

 

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