In the month of June, adult students from The Bishops dojo have been practicing and preparing themselves for their National Gradings.
On Saturday 25th June 2016 adult students from The Bishops travelled to headquarters in Norfolk to take their gradings. With the gradings to commence at 11:30 am, there was ample time to get to location, have a cup of tea or coffee before the day starts. I arrived in location to find a few nervous faces which is to be expected, especially for the students that were grading for the first time.
First was kit inspection, to ensure that everyone had the right equipment, dressed correctly, shoes polished, shaven and in good order. It was a very good turn out with only a few minor muck-ups which meant that they would have their fitness test increased by five every time they mucked up. Everyone was hoping you didn’t get picked up and if you did, only the once as to many increases in your basic fitness tests would seriously mess your day up.
With kit inspection completed, it was time for everyone to get tested on their general knowledge. Tables and chairs out, very much like you were back at school sitting your exams – for some of us, that was a long time ago. The test paper was multiple choice which was a lot easier than the first one I completed in Ishin Ryu but it gave a good indication who was studying and who wasn’t… There were a couple of curve balls in the test to get you thinking but other than that was straight forward.
Test done, time to get on the road for the Ishin Ryu bare footed run, lined up in three’s, very much like you were marching. Sensei Sam Gladdy taking the lead and calling out the timings. The run went fantastic, watching out for any road kill which might be underfoot. After the run it was back in the hall, wash your feet and then into the dojo and start the 2016 adult national gradings.
White belts went in first and gave a fabulous grading maybe because it was reminded to them all beforehand to be loud and confident. If you make a mistake, carry on and try not to make it so obvious. If you were seen, you would get told to repeat. There first grading is not to test how proficiently good you are with techniques as this could take a lifetime but to see your grit and determination when things get hard. Unfortunately, there was only one failure on white belt, better luck next time – fingers crossed you will smash it in December. Rosie had a fantastic grading and pushed to the absolute limit, coming away with a few bruises. This is normal when pushing hard. Well-done Rosie, fantastic effort.
Whites going to yellows went fantastic with only a few students getting flustered but they soon got themselves together. All the guys from the Bishops performed really well and went away with a few things to work on for the next grading. Well-done men, onwards and upwards… Unfortunately, there was only one failure on yellow belt. Take on-board what is needed and give it another go in December.
All gradings after yellow went fantastic and showed some good grit and determination.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BISHOPS ADULTS THAT PASSED THEIR GRADINGS.
Rosemarie Greer – White-Red
Gavin Margrie – Yellow Belt
Devlinn Turner – Yellow Belt
Paul Godfrey – Yellow Belt
Matthew Broomfield – Yellow Belt
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