The day started at 10.00am with Adrian preparing things
at the Dojo. The regular Sunday class at Sleeping Storm Aikido in Epsom
started at 10.30am and ran until 12.00pm. Adrian supervised the class
dealing mainly with revision for the grading. It was an average sized
class with 21 students actually on the mat.
Most people had arrived by just after 12.30pm, so we proceeded with the
registration. Licenses were checked and everyone was asked to fill in
their Grading Sheets. The grading formally started a little late at
13.15pm, with all 27 candidates and their ukes demonstrating Ukemi and
then foot and hand movements.
The grading ran smoothly with each of the three examiners, Arthur
Austin, Robert Austin & Adrian Tyndale having a batch of candidates
to look at and record each technique. Adrian, the Senior Examiner of the
day, reassured those taking part, which helped them to settle. At about
14.30pm we paused the grading so that candidates and examiners could
take a well deserved 15minute refreshment break, food and drinks
provided by Jill Tyndale. It was planned to finish at 16.00pm and it
At the end of the grading, all three examiners summarized their view of
the day’s performances, as a general comment. They were praised for
their efforts and explained that it was a good grading and to a high
standard. The new grades were announced and congratulations given in the
form of applause.
The BAA Licenses were all signed sealed and returned to the candidates.
It was noted that some of the licenses where out of date and in some
cases the licenses had not been received at all.
Overall a successful grading with candidates and examiners being happy
with the venue. The next grading will be on 28th May, 2006, details to
be announced nearer the time.