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Wow! Grading Week is approaching! Good luck!

It's now time to show us how much you've learned! Have fun and enjoy your grading. You've been invited for good reason.

Gradings will be taking place this month on Tuesday 30th and Friday 2nd September2022

How do I Grade?

We often get a lot of questions from students about Gradings, so this page should answer all of the important points.

The Grading structure is split into 10 student grades for our Little Dragons and 12 student grades for our Junior Warriors and Adults. Each structure is split into 3 levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

We use a rotating syllabus, covering a specific set of skills over a two month period, and at the end of that two months *students can grade on that material.

Whichever syllabus you run through from the beginning once you’ve joined us, that’ll be the material that will be used for your first grade. Other students in the beginner class may be doing a different grade to you, however at the Grading everybody works through similar material depending on levels, and the higher your grade the better you’re expected to be at the material!

In addition to the syllabus material, there’s also all the fundamentals covered in class such as punches, footwork and the forms.

What happens in a Grading?

The Grading takes place at our Hastings venue, at Horntye Park at the normal class times for children and adults. It is an assessment of student’s individual progress; it is a test so practising at home leading up to a grading gets you halfway towards passing. It is also important to remember that the syllabus material, forms, footwork, etc are all easily accessible to you in the Online Members Area. We have recorded several videos of what we teach in classes during that term so it’s a great resource to recap and revise from. If students do not pass their grading at the time, don’t be disheartened, it just means that they will be deferred until the next available Grading and then attempt the same grade again.

Little Dragons and Junior Warrior Gradings last for 30 minutes while Junior Warriors Advanced Gradings are 1 hour covered over 2 sessions during Grading Week. Adult Gradings are 1 hour 20 minutes, also covered over 2 sessions during Grading Week. This is due to the amount of material needed to be covered. Adults from Grade 5 will need to attend a separate Grading event hosted by Master Paul at Kung Fu Schools Crawley which normally last for 2 hours and will also need to be booked.

Students will work pretty consistently during that time. We like to ensure a timely start, so we ask that every student who is taking part in a Grading to arrive at least 5 minutes before the class is due to start, to wear full uniform and be sure that their Grading Form and payment are received. 

You will be given a brief warm up, and then it’s into syllabus training, footwork and forms. This continues until the instructors are satisfied with everybody’s performance, then they will run through the syllabus training using the section splits. Once again, when the instructors are satisfied they will move on to the forms for each level for the allocated time.

When will I be Grading?

We, your instructors, will invite students to grade when we believe that they are ready by competently and independently demonstrate the material learned from the syllabus and ongoing training, plus students who have attended classes regularly each week so that they again have a good knowledge and understanding of the training material covered. We encourage everybody to grade as the syllabus has been put together to give you usable tools at the beginning and then to take you through to the more classical elements of the system. By grading regularly you get a better sense of your progression, where you are heading and what you need to be concentrating on to improve and develop your skills as a martial artist.

As you move through the system and into the Black Belt level the Black Belt Grades will get slightly more complicated regarding the material covered for your Grading. Rest assured that by then you’ll be clear about the material when you get there.

Please complete our Grading Form

Students who have been selected to take part in a Grading are sent an emailed invitation. They include the link to our online Grading Form and when completed students are then emailed the online payment request. When the online form is submitted we will see it and add it to our bookings and when we have received your payment you will then be emailed a receipt. If you wish to participate in the Grading we must have this form completed with payment sent to us before you are due to grade. Please make sure that you have practised and that you are as prepared as you can be to get the full enjoyment of taking part and to be properly tested on the material you’ve been learning. Thank you for your help and co-operation.

grading form

Please click on the link below to complete our online Grading Form if you have received your emailed invitation.

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