For your grading you will need:
Your current belt and a drink and your best performance to date also a 100% positive attitude that you are going to smash the grading. Shorts and T-shirt, No Jogging pants, girls can wear leggings. Don't be late..
You don’t need your training manual.
It’s recommenced you bring your own boxing gloves and evolution uniform (T-shirt) theses are compulsory for Brown belt gradings and above
We hold 6 gradings a year for students taking Purple belts and below. All full coloured belts are tested for the Darlington Academy (Banks Road DL1 1YA), with provisional belts (half belts), these assessments take place in your regular training session the week before the grading date, belts are usually presented the following week in the class.
Once a student receives their Green belt the timing between belts spaces out to every other grading. Students taking Brown belts need to wait a minimum time of 6 months between belts.
So for example a student taking there Red belt In February:
February - Red Belt
April - Provisional Yellow
June - Yellow Belt
August - Provisional Orange
October - Orange Belt
December - Provisional Green
February - Green Belt
April - Miss Grading
June - Provisional Blue
August - Miss Grading
October - Blue Belt
This would be a best case scenario, things happen and students miss gradings for whatever reasons (on holiday, Illness) and are moved to the next one.
We would expect most students to move through the lower belts no problem, when you reach Green belt there are certain expectations for gradings.
You’re put on the grading list because we think you’re ready for that belt, this goes on your progression in class, attitude and the standard you set to yourself and example you set to other students.
You can always be taken off a grading if we think you’re not ready for one reason or another. The grading in meant to be a positive experience and failing someone is not what we want to do. If you’re turning up for class, working hard and staying focused you just need to prove this to us and yourself on the day you’re ready for that belt and one step closer to the Black belt.
Other than your Red belt this is the most important belt you will take and just the beginning. The easy bit is getting the Black belt the hard bit is keeping it after you get it.
This give’s you a brief description on how to get started with the belts. If you have any other questions please ask.