Upgrading to be held on the 27 April 2013


An old upgrading picture of the Gan siblings :D

Our next upgrading shall be held in a month’s time on the 27 April 2013. If you are interested to upgrade, please contact an Instructor and let us know. We will also give an indication if we think you are ready or not though you are free to of course still sit for the exam.

Train hard in the next month or so!

In the exam we are looking for the following:

Lower Grades (5th kyu to 3rd kyu)

  1. Technical knowledge of the techniques and movements and good familarity with the basic pins and throws.
  2. Good kamae (stance)
  3. Safe ukemi / falling techniques
  4. Consistent attendance
  5. Good attitude in training

Higher Grades (2nd kyu onwards)

  1. We assume technical knowledge already and are looking more for whether the student understands the mechanism of the technique.
  2. Smooth flow/fluidity of technique with minimal use of strength.
  3. Usage of timing and blending techniques.
  4. Ability to take hard falls/fliips safely.
  5. Good ‘randori’ with the ability to use techniques as the situation arises
  6. Zanshin (remaining aware and maintaining posture after completing technique)
  7. Ability to lead juniors and serve as role models.

The higher grade tests are much more serious as these are potential black belts and therefore held to a much higher standard.

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