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The Warrior Academy Podcast

Jan 29, 2024

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The podcast episode delves into the grading cycle of a martial arts academy, particularly emphasizing the unique approach of The Warrior Academy as a character development center. The narrator, likely an instructor, outlines the criteria for grading, the stages of the grading cycle, and the significance of each phase.

Topics Discussed:

1. Grading Purpose:
Grading is an opportunity for students to level up their belt and is integral to The Warrior Academy's focus on character development.
The academy evaluates attendance, stripes on the belt, and overall readiness for grading, emphasizing a holistic approach.

2. Pre-Grading Week:
Pre-grading is a crucial week where instructors assess students in class to determine their readiness for the upcoming grading.
Instructors use grading sheets to evaluate each student, considering fitness, combinations, self-defense, leadership, and sparring.

3. Recap Week:
Following pre-grading, there is a recap week to reassure parents and address any concerns.
Students have the opportunity to seek additional help or guidance from instructors to prepare for the grading.

4. Grading Week:
Grading week is marked by heightened tension, with strict rules such as punctuality to ensure a focused and disciplined environment.
The grading session includes two types: regular gradings (white belt to blue tag) and advanced gradings (blue belt to black belt).
Parents are allowed to watch the grading, providing them with insights into their child's progress.

5. Regular Grading Session:
The regular grading session begins with a warm-up and a chat with the instructor to calm nerves.
Techniques and combinations are demonstrated from white belt to the highest grade in the class.
Self-defense, leadership, fitness, and a concentration test are part of the grading process.
A special emphasis is placed on the concentration test, with parents witnessing the students meditating for five minutes.
The session concludes with a few minutes of fun and relaxation to ease any post-grading tension.

6. Communication of Results:
If a student does not pass the grading, the parent receives a call within 48 hours from their coach, explaining the reasons.
The academy is strict about passing students, ensuring that the grading reflects the student's capabilities.

7. Post-Grading Events:
After the grading, the academy organizes community-filled events, such as Pizza Movie Night and workshops.
These events provide students with a relaxed environment to celebrate with their instructors and peers.

8. Unique Approach:
The Warrior Academy's approach stands out due to its focus on character development, evaluating readiness comprehensively, and the commitment to providing students with a positive experience.

The grading cycle at The Warrior Academy is characterized by a meticulous process, from pre-grading assessments to the actual grading session and post-grading celebrations. The unique blend of discipline, focus on character development, and community events contributes to a holistic martial arts experience for students.

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