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To grade or not to grade

Updated: Jul 13

Martial arts gradings are important for several reasons:

Our blog this week ties in with our goal setting blog from last week and also what we have been up to in our academies. Firstly, before starting we would like to congratulate all of our students who graded recently.

Gradings within the martial arts are important for a number of reasons but the gradings also need to be progressive, where you show that there has been improvement on the things you already know and demonstrate a basic knowledge of new techniques, kata, drills or forms.

 Goals: Last week we had an entire blog about the importance of goal setting so we will not be delving too deep into this this week. Goals help students to stay focused and motivated by setting tangible aims within the grading system. Achieving a new belt or rank for students of any age can be a significant milestone that encourages continued effort, dedication and perseverance.

Progression: Following a set syllabus with a grading at the end of each level provides a clear and structured path for participants. Each level develops a specific set of skills, techniques, kata drills and knowledge that the student must be able to demonstrate before advancing to their next level.

Recognition and Achievement: Working hard and attaining the next level and earning a new belt or rank is a form of recognition of the progress a student has made. It can boost confidence self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Consistency and Standards: Gradings help maintain consistency and standards within a martial arts academy. They ensure that all students meet the required level of proficiency before moving on to higher levels with greater complexities in movement and application.

Personal Development: Looking beyond physical skills, gradings highlight personal growth, discipline, and resilience. They are a way to challenge students in a controlled and safe environment, to push their limits and improve as individuals, this can benefit they beyond just the martial arts.

Skill Assessment: This is an open question and we would like to hear your response, should gradings be a practical assessments of a student’s abilities with a pass or fail or should they be merely a celebration of student progress with everyone achieving their next level regardless of how they do on the day?.

Let us know your grading experiences, good and bad.

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When I think k about gradings I think that they are the finalisation of everything learned in the level.. to get a belt even if the final assessment wasn't successful would devalue the belts and would also mean that students would feel they didn't have to try in their grading to achieve the next level, almost buildng entitlement .. saying that I also think that everyone's martial art journey is individual and whilst grading should be against a set criteria - the understanding that everyone is individual and on a journey towards their own martial arts goals means that they will be achieving that criteria in their own way and as long as there is the effort and evidence of…

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