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Next Grading

Sunday 22nd March 2020
Applications due: Thursday 12th

March 202022nd26th

Grading Results - Dec 2019

38 students attended the examination

11 Little Ninjas promotions:

26 Martial Arts promotions:

  • 2 x ‘L’ passes
  • 7 x ‘+’ pass
  • 7 x ‘A’
  • 2 students had both, A, +
  • One student retained their current belt

4 Black Belt Candidates attended for a pre-grading progress check. Whilst these are not technically graded, they each demonstrated an ‘A’ standard as expected of a black belt candidate.

Summer Break


Our summer break is coming up in a couple of weeks, so a couple of quick reminders before then…


I’m planning on being pretty much off-grid during that time for some much needed R&R, so likely won’t be responding to any emails or messages until the 29th.

Adults Training Session – Tuesday 29th

As always on a bank holiday week, we’ll not be in on the monday, but will have an extra open training session for the adults on Tuesday from 8-9pm after the kids classes.

Junior Black Belt Applications

Please remember, the absolute deadline for applications is Thu 31st, and late applications will not be accepted. If you miss that deadline, you’ll have to wait for the next grading so please don’t leave them to the last minute.

Remember, all goals etc must be discussed and agreed in advance of the application. Your training plans etc will depend on those goals, so it’s essential you discuss these with us before the break as I won’t be around to do so during the two weeks we’re off!

Black Belt Applications

As mentioned in the news email after graduation, we’ve shifted our autumn Black Belt grading to december, so if we have any current junior members wishing to be assessed this year, the deadline for applications is fast approaching!


Applications Due by 31st August
Juniors (11-15): Applications must be agreed and submitted by end of August. Pre-grading assessment phase is September-November.
I highly recommend you get these sorted before our summer break (14th-28th August) as I will NOT be available during that time to deal with admin) and it’s important to remember that goals etc. must be agreed in advance and training plans submitted WITH your application so don’t leave them to the last moment!

MARCH 2024

Adults: Application deadline end August
Juniors: Applications due in November
Remember – if you’re looking to test for black belt, we expect YOU to take the initiative and be pro-active about your application etc. we don’t expect to have to chase up black belts!

Grading Results June 2023

43 students assessed in total


  • 31 BBTC students were promoted
  • 10 ‘A’ passes, 10 ‘+’ passes
  • 7 students achieved ‘A+’ – WELL DONE!!
  • 3 students with ‘L’ passes (see instructor for advice on what’s expected at next grading)
  • 3 eligible students did not apply for the grading
  • 3 students did not attend due to other commitments and were awarded baseline promotions based on pre-grading week assessments only.
    (Please note: A/+ grades are only available to those who attend the final session or book a private grading)


  • 12 Little Ninjas promoted this time
  • 2 ninjas invited to move up to Juniors early


New Beginners

Take a look at this page with some useful information to download just for you guys!

Members Mailing List

The primary method we use to notify members of important information / events is email, so it’s essential that you have at least one email subscribed to the members mailing list.

If you’d like to add another mail to the list, please use the form linked here:

Reporting Absence

If you’re sending us a message to let us know you won’t be in class, firstly thanks – it’s important we know to ensure the register is correct, but please remember you need to do this via phone, text or email only as these are the only things we check at the school.  We don’t check social media etc. at the school so Facebook messages etc. won’t get read. Thanks!

Master Olpin’s mobile is 07973 368304 for text or calls, or you can email

Queries about monthly payments

If you budget your membership via monthly payments please remember that if you have any queries or need to make any changes to bank details you need to do this directly with DFC.

Once they’re set up, DFC handle all the admin and simply send me a report at the end of the month.   That’s exactly what we pay them for so we don’t have to get bogged down with dealing with individual admin for 50-odd students.

You can phone them on 01908 422007 or email them on  

The school reference is 2368 Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy and your reference will be the payee and student name.

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