Martial arts is without question one of the most beneficial forms of exercise in the entire world. On top of that however, it is also a skill and a discipline that will stay with you forever. To help students move up in levels of ability, a coloured belt grading system is in place. Every few months, students will train for, and then undergo an assessment with the goal of achieving a different coloured belt, which indicates the next level above. Grading is designed to act as a motivational tool to show you how much you’re improving and to also provide a sense of accomplishment to show you that your hard work is paying off. PKA-Kickboxing grading systems however, are ever so slightly different when compared with other forms of martial arts and are generally performed in groups, rather than individually.
How to prepare for your grading
In the martial arts world, preparing for your grading is a big deal, and can be compared with revising for an exam or preparing for a driving test perhaps. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your grading:
Make sure you give it everything you’ve got – One of the best ways to prepare for your grading is to remember to give it everything you’ve got, and to commit yourself 100% to whatever it is that you’re doing. Skill, experience, and even technique are not the only deciding factors when it comes to whether you achieve your next belt or not. You have to show heart and commitment.
Remember to stay calm – Like all tests and examinations, preparing for your grading can be a stressful experience and it can be a little unsettling. Remember to stay calm, focus on doing what you know you can do, and tell yourself that even if you don’t succeed this time around, it’s not the end of the world and that you should instead simply work harder the next time.
Know what you will be assessed on – Rather than just going in blind and not having a clue what it is that you will be doing, you should instead prepare ahead of time and ensure that you know what it is that you will be assessed on. Usually it is broken down into:
- Your ability to perform the technical sets as naturally you will need to be able to perform various combinations and movements to prove that you are indeed ready to move up a level.
- How much heart and effort you put into your assessment as during your training whilst leading up to your grading, your classes will be monitored and how you perform will also be noted. If you’re simply going through the motions, not really trying, are acting negatively and don’t have your heart in it, this will be noted and it will count against you. You need to show passion for what you’re doing.
- Good attendance as skipping classes, turning up late, and only turning up when you feel like it will also count against you. You should attend regularly, be punctual, and always stay until the very end of class.
- You are assessed on your own ability, not on how good or bad you are compared with other students. If you’ve shown heart, skill, determination, passion, and improvement, all of this will work greatly in your favour. You will not pass a grade unless your instructor truly believes that you’re ready to move up a level.
- You are graded on what you have been learning and your performance in the classes, the actual grading will only count towards 50% of your overall score
Good luck with your future grading and we wish you all the success in the world. Relax, practice, believe in yourself and what you’re doing and the rest will all come naturally to you.