Grading day is a fantastic opportunity to show what you have learned over the past three or more months and achieve the belt you have been working towards.
There are three types of gradings:
- Little Dragons gradings (for beginner students aged 4-7 years who are not yet ready to grade with Grandmaster Tan).
- Terminology grading (more involved, suitable for white, yellow, blue and red belts)
- Sparring grading (not suitable for red belts to grade; however they still participate in all aspects of the grading)
We will keep you posted with grading details, dates, etc. So keep checking back or contact us to find out more.
Please also let your instructor know if you would like a student assessment sheet completed for you. A student assessment sheet provides guidance and recommendations to students (and parents) in regards to their individual progress and to assist each student in moving to their next belt level. Your instructor will show on your sheet where you need to improve as well as your specific areas of strength.
Before grading day
Please let Mr Donaldson, Scott or Andy know if you/your student thinks they are ready to grade (they will confirm if they agree you are ready). To grade:
- White and Yellow belts must be training at least 2 times per week (non-sparring classes)
- Blue and Red belts must be training at least 3 times per week (at least two of these classes must be non-sparring)
- Any student going for their black belt, must be training 4 times per week
- All students must attend holiday training if there is a holiday period just before grading day.
Mr Donaldson and our other instructors can only put students – who are ready – in front of Grandmaster Tan for grading.
You/your student must also be a member of Tans Taekwondo and have a uniform (dobok). The cost of this grading is $65 for yellow and blue belts and $80 for red belts – please pay by day, date, month. You can pay for this grading (and a uniform if you need one) either by cash directly to Mr Donaldson or online into the Tans Taekwondo Ipswich account: BSB: 084737 Acc: 138716669. You must put your student’s name as the reference.
To buy a uniform (dobok), please measure your student’s height and let Mr Donaldson or your instructor know as soon as possible. There are three doboks available, starting at $45 (basic, no badges), $66 (middle of the range uniform with badges, but you need to sew them on), or $85 (top of the range, with badges already sewn on).
Train and practice! Have you looked up your Tans Student Manual to see what is required for the belt you are aiming to achieve? A grading syllabus for each belt is included in your Tans folder.
Opportunities to volunteer on the day include setting up from 7am, bringing baked goods for us to sell and helping to run the canteen. Please let us know if you can play a role in making grading day even better!
On grading day
Make sure your uniform is clean and pressed and that you have had a good breakfast! Arrive by 8:30am at the PCYC Ipswich, Pulse Building (next door to the main PCYC building) or Tans Coorparoo, 72 Cambridge Street (10 Sept grading will be held at Coorparoo). Students are encouraged to practice their pattern, blocks and kicks on the mat while waiting for the grading to begin.
Students should follow Mr Donaldson’s instructions throughout the grading, just like they would during class.
Family, friends and non-grading students are very welcome to watch and support our grading students.
A word of advice from Grandmaster Michael Tan: “Nervousness is common in all gradings. Performing patterns at gradings is a good test, since you cannot consciously remember them under that kind of pressure; they have to be completely internalised. To overcome nerves, steady your breathing, and simply take the test, one item at a time. Discipline yourself not to worry about the patterns during basic techniques, or about sparring during patterns. Just do each technique to the best of your ability, one moment at a time, and the hard work you have put in during the weeks of training will shine through, even though at the time you fear that it will not.” (Page 2, Tans Student Manual, Grading Syllabus).
After the grading and awarding of belts, please stay and help us pack up, eg. the mat needs to be pulled up and packed away.
After grading day
Please bring your TKD grading passport to Kevin Donaldson so he can organise for it to be signed.
Can you help out? If anyone can help on the day – Ipswich based gradings only – (eg. setting up, selling drinks at the canteen or making cupcakes or biscuits), please let Kevin know or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact Kevin Donaldson on 0429 609 180 if you have any questions.