Grading is a test that is held in place of the lesson but it’s not much different from a lesson in that you show the Sensei what you have learnt over the past term.
Sensei will tell you what to do and will count for you like in a normal lesson. You will stand in lines like you do in a normal lesson and you will follow the instructions that Sensei gives you.
The only thing that is different between a Grading and a lesson is that you are not allowed to talk or ask questions during the Grading.
Your Sensei will have a think about your Grading and how well you performed and will then talk to me and we’ll decide what Grade to award you. You will be awarded your new recycled belt during your next lesson.
The grading system for our Ninja kids is very basic and simple. Grades for our Ninja kids are more an acknowledgement of attendance and a form of encouragement. The Ninja grades are quite different from the grades achieved by the Samurai, Shogun or Teens students. All Ninja kids must have attended a minimum of 6 classes before being permitted to grade.
Ninja kids use the white/colour grade system so each grade has a white belt with a thick colour stripe running down the centre.
SAMURAI, SHOGUN AND TEENS
The grading system for Samurai, Shogun and Teens students is more advanced than the grading system for the Ninja kids. Although each group (Samurai, Shogun, Teens) has different skill levels, they are graded in basically the same way. All students must have attended 8 classes in each term. If you miss a class you can make it up on a different day or a different class.
New students who join the Samurai or Shogun or Teens groups after the beginning of term must ask their Sensei if they are ok to grade. Samurai, Shogun and Teens students follow the Kyu grading system, which is a coloured belt for each level. There are 3 grades on each belt from Red to Brown. Grade 1 is the full colour, Grade 2 is the colour with a white stripe, Grade 3 is the colour with a black stripe.
RED BELT and YELLOW BELT
As long as you have trained for a minimum of 80% of classes available you should be ok to grade each term.
ORANGE BELT and GREEN BELT
A minimum of 80% of classes available plus you should be able to demonstrate that you can perform the various techniques applicable to the grades.
A minimum of 80% of classes available plus you should be able to demonstrate that you can perform the various techniques applicable to the Blue belt. You may be asked to wait for a term before attempting the grade if the Sensei feels you are not quite ready.
A minimum of 80% of classes available plus you should be able to demonstrate that you can perform the various techniques applicable to the Purple belt. You may be asked to wait for a term before attempting the grade if the Sensei feels you are not quite ready.
This is where things get a little complicated. If you reach the Brown Belt level and you are a Samurai student you will be re-graded into the Shogun group. This means that you may have to wait a few terms before you are graded to the level of Brown Belt Shogun. This information applies to Brown Belt Shogun students.
There are 3 levels on your brown belt. Attempting the various brown belt levels is at the discretion of your Sensei in communication with me. Depending on your progress and your attendance you may be asked to wait for a term in between each level. So, it is conceivable that you may grade as follows: Grade in term one, not grade in term two, Grade in term 3, not grade in term 4. It is also possible, by the brown belt level, to not pass a grading. You should know how to do the techniques and combinations for the Brown Belt level to a good standard. If you are struggling with any of the techniques or the combinations you should speak to your Sensei who may suggest you attend additional classes or provide you with some strategies to help you remember the techniques or combinations.
To be a black belt student you need to be a Shogun student as a minimum. To grade from the 3rd level brown belt to black belt takes commitment, practice and attendance, just to name a few. Attempting the black belt is at the discretion of your Sensei in communication with me. Just so you are aware, you may be asked to wait as long as one year before you are invited to attempt your black belt grading. It is a big thing and is a huge achievement so it is worth the wait.
When the black belt is the next level for you to attempt my advice is to attend classes, train to the best of your ability, enjoy the classes and the training and wait for your Sensei to invite you to grade.