It seems that many students are unable to attend the original grading date published earlier today. Can I therefore ask everyone listed below to let me know when they would prefer to take their gradings. This can be before or after they go on holiday. My feelings are that everyone listed below, is ready to take their next belt.
Apologies to all those who have told me when they are away but it's been difficult to merge the data as I have been informed via messenger, texts, emails, Facebook posts and word of mouth!
The candidates qualifying to take their next grading are as follows:
Taking Red Belt will be:
Fitness test - SHIO-TSUKI - Punches kicks and blocks from Yoi (to be demonstrated by Sensei at time of grading) - Basic stances - Padwork - free fighting (Jiyu Kumite)
Taking Yellow Belt will be:
Fitness test - Pinan Nidan - Combinations 1+2- Padwork Backfist/front kick - 2 x Ippon Kumite (Defence from punch and kick) - 2 x Free fighting
Taking Orange Belt will be:
Fitness test - Pinan Shodan - Combinations 1-3 - Padwork 3 x techniques Front kick/roundhouse kick/Oi Tzuki/Gyaku Tzuki - 2 x Ippon Kumite - 3 x Free fighting
Taking Brown 1st, 2nd and 3rd Kyu will be:
*Karina (Who has a near on 100% attendance)
Fitness test - (Katas: All pinan katas will be demonstrated prior to grading from all 3 candidates). 1st Kyu -Matzukaze/Juroku - 2nd Kyu Sanchin/Naihanchi Shodan - 3rd Kyu Bassai Dai/Kosokun Dai.
I will run through all these katas with each of you this week.
One steps x 4 - Padwork x 4 - Combinations A1 - A9 - Free fighting x 4
A SEPTEMBER GRADING WILL BE HELD FOR WHITE BELTS AND SELECTED FEW - Details to follow.
Danyal A and Aaron A and George J. You will be taking your next belt at the next grading due in September. Please try to keep up with your training until then.
PLEASE NOTE: Qualifying criteria for taking gradings is firstly based on attendances. Next is ability. If any student feels they have been overlooked or that they want the opportunity to attempt their next belt, then it is essential that they talk to me ASAP. I will expect them to train at every available session in the run up to the grading.
Finally, with regards to all our students and future gradings: I am trying to group or pair students of equal ability. I believe that having suitable training partners can accelerate a students progress. I am therefore very conscious that every student falls into their rightful place within the club.