The day started with a morning class at the New Malden Dojo. Ten students attended and they practised for the final time before the grading. The class ended just after 11am and we all travelled over to Wandsworth on what was a cold wet and generally miserable day with the traffic. Most people had arrived at the grading venue in Wandsworth by just after 12.30pm, so the the registration process was started. Licences were checked and everyone was asked to fill in their Grading Sheets. Arthur Austin headed the panel and the grading formally started at about 13.15pm, with all candidates demonstrating 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. The panel reassured those taking part, which helped them to settle. There was only one brown belt attempting Dan grade and 11 other
Kyu grades to examine, so a short grading was predicted.
At the end of the grading Arthur summarised his view of the day’s performances, as a general comment. It was a good grading and to a good standard and all candidates were successful. The new grades were announced and congratulations given in the form of applause. A commemorative photo was taken and the BAA Licences were all signed and returned to the candidates. Well done to the new 1st Dan black belt, Adam Gledhill.
Overall a successful grading with candidates and examiners being happy with the new venue. The next two
Gradings will be at Wandsworth on 31st May, 2009 and 29th November, 2009, full details are published on the website events calendar.