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Autumn Club Grading 2018

A key highlight in all student's martial arts training is the opportunity to present for formal  examination or grading. Over the last week in October and the first week of November we held our our Autumn Club Grading for kyu grades, youth and junior grades. 

First up were the Juniors (5 -10 year olds)

Having trained very hard in the previous couple of months all eligable candidates were very excited but confident. Supported by a large contingent of familiy, friends and supporters it was a great pleasure and proud moment to see them all lined up and eager to get started. Nerves were high, but once the grading process began all student settled down to the task at hand and put in a great performance.

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Congratulations (with promotion) to : 

Skeletor (Sean):               Green two tags
Hulk Smash (Kevin):       Green one tag
Samurai (Lee):                 Green one tag
Deadpool (Bobby):          Green one tag
T-Rex (Charlie):               Orange three tags
The Ghost (Stephan):     Orange three tags
SWAT Team (Riley) :       Orange two tags
Black Witch (Sophia) :    Yellow one tag
Aikido Kid (Daniel San): Yellow one tag

Youth Grading (10 - 16 year old)

It was great to see the majority of our youth members in attendance for the formal Autumn club grading. Even though some were not eligable to grade, they had all trained in the run-up together so took part in the event and demonstrated syllabus in parallel to those grading. (Great experience to have under their belt for their next grading). All candidates performed really well, demonstrating a marked improvement in skills and application with one or two standouts pulling off an exceptional performance on the day.

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Congratulations (with promotion) to : 

Catherine:  Blue belt
Grainne:     Green belt with two blue tags
Sean:          Green belt with one blue tag
Jake:          Orange belt with three green tags
Hannah:     Orange belt
Simon:       Orange belt
Lucas:        Orange belt


Adult Grading (16+)

Just as nervous as the Juniors and Youths, those eligable to grade were put through their paces over a two hour intense examination of syllabus and application. No grade awards come easy at DTA and all candidates were pushed, with little or no rest to the limits of their ability, concentration and fitness.  Special thanks goes to those adult members not grading who turning up to partner with and provide credibile test opponents for the candidates helping to make this event a high-level expereince. 

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Congratulations (with promotion) to : 

Emma:     promoted to 1st Kyu  ( the third ever adult female to achieve rank of 1st Kyu in our club!)
Ross:       promoted to 2nd Kyu.
Tomasz:  promoted to 4th Kyu
Noel:        promoted to 5th Kyu


What is a "Grading"

Gradings refer to martial arts students taking exams or tests to achieve their next belt. Club kyu Gradings (up to 1st Kyu) are held 3 or 4 times a year in our Dojo and they are a formal event. Students are graded in front of a panel of minimum three examiners (one of whom . The first full grade a junior student (5- 10 yrs) can achieve is a White belt. The next ones are striped: Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue. Incremental achievements can be awarded, indicated by one, two or three tags in the colour of their next full belt. Youth students are awarded belts in colour from White through to Brown (10 - 16yrs) as are Adults.   


What is examined at a grading?

Students are asked to demonstrate skills, in front of a grading panel, in three key areas:  Kihon (basics),  Kata (form) and KakariGeiko (FreePlay)

Kihon: The very basics include:  Unsoku Undo (Foot Movements), Tandoku Undo (Hand movements), Atemi (basic strikes and attacks), Tai Sabaki (basic Avoidance) and Sichi-hon-no-kazushi (7 basic balance breaking methods) 

Kata: There are various Kata to be performed with a partner and examined depending upon the grade being examined and can include : Ju-nan-Hon (the basic 17 techniques for randori), suwari-waza (Kneeling techniques), nage-no-kata,  and more.

Kakarigeiko: There are generally three "bouts' of 60 seconds each where the student is to demonstrate application of technique against an attacking opponent(s) offering varying levels of resistance.

Afterwards, all students line up and their achievement is read out publically by a member of the examining panel and awarded the right to wear the next belt. In the event that a student is unable to perform on the day or fails to demonstrate required syllabus toa an adequate standard, they are provided detailed feedback privately by all members of the examination panel so that there is no misundertanding in respect to where work is needed to ensure that they are successfull  at their next examination attempt.


Grades & Belts Explained

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