CLUB GRADING DAY 22 NOVEMBER 2012
By Anita Harding
On Saturday 24 November the Christchurch Olympic Taekwondo Club undertook 3 gradings in one day under the examination of 6th Dan, Master Matt Ransom from Auckland. The day began at 8:00am with a closed Senior Dan Grading. I was personally grading for 4th Dan and Nic Dorman was grading for his 3rd Dan. The grading was intense in the sense that our knowledge of syllabus and technical application was tested thoroughly. We had a fantastic turnout of Black belts supporting both Nic and I on the day and this support was genuinely appreciated. I am pleased to say that both Nic & I achieved our respective grades with some good feedback from Master Matt Ransom. It was a great result after months of training and hard effort and I would personally like to thank everyone in the Club who assisted Nic & I and everyone who offered their support.
Following the Dan Grading we then held the Kids Class Grading. Our kids had never undertaken a grading taken by an external examiner so the nerves were running high but I am pleased to say that everyone who graded rose to the challenge and did themselves proud. The focus and concentration was evident as all students performed their syllabus to the very best of their ability. The fitness component of the grading is always challenging and this grading was no exception. The perseverance shown was inspirational. Master Matt Ransom was impressed by the grading as were all the Black belts. All kids’ class students were successful in achieving their respective new grades. It is great to see our kids moving through the ranks and I look forward to watching all of you go on to achieve in 2013.
Following the Kids Class Grading we proceeded with the Adult Class Coloured belt Grading. Being the last grading of the day the anticipation of what lay ahead for our coloured belts meant that nerves were again a battle before the grading even started. This grading started with an excellent warm-up taken by Master Hayden Spatcher from our Shirley Club who had everyone 'glowing' and well stretched before the grading got underway. What followed was a hard and fast grading that saw our students put through their paces without a minute to rest. The fitness component was fairly relentless but again our students showed true grit and mental toughness as they battled through everything that was thrown at them despite injuries, illness and exhaustion. The syllabus component of the grading showed some significant improvement throughout the ranks and whilst we always need to work on refining our technique it is pleasing to see that students have been putting in the practice and taking feedback on board from previous gradings in order to improve. I am pleased to say that all of Adult Class Students achieved their new grades.
I would like to commend our newest white belt who undertook what turned out to be a very challenging first grading and also to our junior students who have recently joined the Adult Class undertaking their first Adult Grading. I was very proud to see individuals rise to new challenges. It was particularly exciting to see our Red Belts achieving their Black Tabs. Even more exciting is the prospect of future Black Belt gradings which may follow!
Overall the day was a huge success thanks to the efforts of our Students, the support of our Black belts and Instructors, and a special thanks to our wonderful Committee who arranged the BBQ lunch for students and spectators. As Master Matt Ransom explained in his closing summary of the day, the Club is moving in a new and exciting direction. We have depth and experience and some wonderful juniors coming through who will step up and facilitate the future success of our Club. Let’s work hard to continue the success of 2012 and strive to maintain our high standards in 2013.