Firstly, yes gradings are a very important part of your training, but they shouldn’t be something you worry about. We’re not trying to give anyone a hard time or to catch you out. It’s just an opportunity to review what we’ve been working on in class and to see where individuals strengths and weaknesses lie. All we’re looking to see is the same syllabus you’ve worked on in class all quarter performed to a reasonable standard.
The role of the grading examiner is to assess that a students has a good command of the techniques appropriate to their current rank and that they are ready to move up a level.
We don’t expect miracles!
- Big, clear stances
- Proper start position
- Big range of motion
- Consistent focus ‘on target’
- Striking tools right for the technique, keep your fists tight unless they’re in a knife-hand or palm strike.
- Finish each move strongly and hold it briefly before moving onto the next.
- SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW.
When the results are published, we have a few little ‘extras’ you may see tagged on the results list, so I’d like to take a moment to just clarify what these things mean:
|‘A’ Pass||Awarded to students who demonstrate an exceptional attitude or good example to their peers in the grading. Think ‘A for attitude’|
|‘+’ Pass||Indicates a well above average technical standard|
|‘*’||Promoted additional full belt rank for outstanding technical standard, example to others and/or significantly above average attendance.|
|‘L’ Low Pass||Indicating that one or more areas require significant work.
May be a significant issue in one or more technical requirements, or given as a ‘warning’ for a lack of effort or poor attitude in the grading.
This is a ‘shot across the bows’ and will be noted in the students grading record. They will be expected to demonstrate a significant improvement in this area to be promoted in the next grading.
It is expected they’ll demonstrate a consistent effort to improve this in class, not just a ‘one-off’ at the grading.
|‘Ret’ – retained.||Current belt retained.
The student is not considered ready for promotion at this time.
|‘DNS’||Indicates the student was eligible but did not attend the grading examination.|