Driftwood Martial Arts | Belt Testing Information

Driftwood Martial Arts

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Belt Testing Information

A grading is a test for a new belt. Promotions are an important occasion for students as they represent goals set and achieved. The colour of one's belt indicates the current level of knowledge.

What do students need to bring?

  • Complete traditional uniform and belt. Clean, pressed and properly hemmed.
  • Sparring equipment as indicated by rank. No gear, no test.
  • Water bottle.
  • If grading in kobudo, all weapons and contact weapons.

How does the process work?

On grading day, students check in 15 minutes prior to the start of testing. Late arrivals will not be permitted to test. During the grading we evaluate the following:

  • Basics (all techniques, falls and rolls)
  • Kata
  • Sparring (modified for juniors)
  • Applications (ie. self-defense)
  • Theory (history and concepts)

After the grading Sensei evaluates each student individually and considers all information before issuing results. The outcome is based on ability, enthusiasm, attitude, conviction, intensity and an overall performance understanding of applied principles as well as class performance.

How are belts presented?

Students will receive the news of promotion a couple of weeks following the testing. Belts are awarded during class shortly after. Parents are welcome to view their child receiving their belt and take photos during presentation.

What are some do's and don'ts for testing?

  • DO try your best.
  • DON'T stop in the middle of a kata.
  • DO have lots of fun.
  • DON'T turn your back on an instructor.
  • DO show control.
  • DON'T draw blood during partner work.
  • DO ask if you don't understand something.
  • DO have fun. Wait we already said that... well, we really mean it!