We have been given permission to hold an interim grading for up to 4 adults and 6 children.
While we would like to have everyone ready to grade at the same time, people progress at different rates and we have some students ready to grade for whom it would be unfair to make them wait for other students to be ready.
Unlike normal gradings this grading will not require the presence of an outside coach to evaluate both the students grading and us as coaches. Because of this we have been limited to the numbers of adults and children quoted above.
We have spoken to the students we feel are ready and invited them to grade. If you have been approached by us to grade you will need to bring in your Budo Pass and Grading fee this Friday 15th February. As a reminder, these are our current grading fees:
Juniors (Children’s class)
Seniors (Adults class)
White to Green belts: £26
Blue+White to Brown+White belt: £31
Brown Belt: £25*
Black+White (1st Dan): £60**
White to Green Belts: £31
Blue+White to Brown+white belts: £41
Brown Belt: £35*
Black (1st Dan): £120**
* The grading fee includes the cost of a sew on patch which is a WJJF grading requirement. There is no patch required for the Brown or Black belts so the cost of the patch is removed.
We have not decided whether or not to close tonight as Sensei Julia will be commuting from Milton Keynes and Sensei Adam is still ill, meaning it would be just Julia running the classes.
In the mean time we would like to get a feel for how many student may be able to attend tonight assuming the roads are clear and safe. That said, it would be prudent to follow the usual advice of not to travel unless it is necessary.
We will aim to have a decision by 4pm this afternoon so keep an eye on the usual sources (the website, on Facebook and Twitter) or if in doubt contact us directly if you have not heard.
We have decided to play it safe and cancel the classes tonight in case more snow falls or it freezes the melted snow and is icy.
We should be back to normal next week. See you then!
We are going to hold a mock grading week on Friday 30th November.
This will be for students to ‘benchmark’ how well they are doing and to figure out what things they need to work on ahead of any actual gradings. It will also let new students get a feel for how an actual grading may be run.
As for the actual grading we believe that not all students are quiet ready to grade yet, but we are aiming to set a date sometime in January 2019 (depending on which senior coaches are available)
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the latest announcements from the Government, our classes are closed.
We will resume business when we are advised by the Government that it is safe to do so, and will keep you updated as to when this will happen.
We are still monitoring phone calls and emails should you still want to contact us.
In the meantime, please keep yourself and your loved ones safe. We also thank you for your support during this difficult time for all of us.