Pleased to earn a new belt
The weekend of 25th March was the first of our quarterly gradings for 2017.
During the course of the weekend and the following week, Senior Examiners Bryan Andrews 6th Dan and Lindsey Andrews 4th Dan examined the following sessions
- 4 – 6 years old
- 6 – 9 years old
- 10 – 14 years old
- Adults Karate
- Ladies Chinese Kickboxing
- Combat Ju Jitsu
Congratulations to everyone who passed and earned their new belts. We never give belts away, they are always deserved. People often have to battle nerves, fear, sickness and themselves to pass. Gradings are a test and as such one has to earn the right to pass.
For all age groups, except 4 – 6 year old, all gradings are carried out at a special grading class held on a weekend outside the normal class times. Members are grouped according to age and ability to test with their peers. A beginners grading for 6 – 9 year olds would typically consist of a lesson to recap the key points to be covered during the grading itself, following on from that the children then are asked to come up in small groups to perform certain moves, drills or forms. As the children get more experienced and older, the lesson content decreases and they eventually end up testing for the whole two hours with increased expectations for demonstrating their skills and abilities. These gradings are very much a technical test of skills with pass or fail criteria and a minimum requirement for number of lessons and weeks between gradings.
6 – 9 year old passing their Orange and Gold belt – 9th Kyu
The smile says it all. Deserving and proud.
Ladies Kickboxing – upfront and centre showing their moves
Successful Ladies Chinese Kickboxing grading
Nice Kick to the pads
Children sparring during their grading
6 – 9 year old Higher belts who passed their grading
Learning a Martial Arts is a serious business
Little Dragons – 4 – 6 Years old passing their belts
Mid Judo grading – still time for a smile
Combat Ju Jitsu Grading for adults
British Judo Association grading upto 11th Mon
Final grading – some youngsters and some not so young = 2.5 hours of extremely hot work.