The regular Sunday class at Sleeping Storm Aikido in Epsom started at 10.00am and ran until 12.00pm. Adrian supervised the class dealing mainly with revision for the grading.
It was an average sized class with 17 students actually on the mat.
After the class everyone had a lunch break, some sampling the food provided by Jill Tyndale. Most people had arrived by just after 12.30pm, so
the the registration process was started. Licences were checked, thanks go to Steve Archbold, and everyone was asked to fill in their Grading Sheets. The grading formally started, a little late, at 13.10pm, with all 20 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.
By 14.35pm everyone was ready for a short break. After the break the grading continued with Dai Yon and Counters demonstrations.
By 16.00pm the grading was completed.
At the end of the grading Adrian summarised his 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 and that those that were not successful this time should try not to be too disappointed. The new grades were announced and congratulations given in the form of applause.
The BAA Licences were all signed sealed and returned to the candidates at the same time.
Overall a successful grading with candidates and examiners being happy with the venue.
The next grading will be at Epsom on 20th May, 2007, full details published on the website events calendar.