As we are now well into Autumn (and don’t we know from the weather!) we thought we’d share information around events in the club up to Christmas (yes, I used the C word!)
We’ve also got some updates which are important to our higher grades, from red stripe onwards, so please read to the end of the newsletter.
EVENTS THIS MONTH
Catch up Coloured Belt Grading Saturday 9th October at 11:30 a.m.
If you missed last weekends grading and are ready to grade, then you can do our catch up this Saturday at Wallasey Academy. Just register here
Our next full coloured belt grading will be on 11th December
Black Belt Grading at Wallasey on Sunday 17th October
If you haven’t yet paid then please can you do so via the app before Friday 8th October.
Black Belt Presentation Evening on Tuesday 19th October at 8 p.m.
For all those who are successful at the Black Belt Grading week and for our recent Star Graders, we are holding our presentation evening on the Tuesday after in place of Black belt club. Please feel free to come along and celebrate our students’ achievements and perhaps get inspired to achieve your own Black Belt.
Inter-Club Competition at Wallasey on Sunday 23rd October
This is our first competition since before Covid hit and is a brilliant opportunity to try out a competition in a friendly and fun environment. We are holding both Junior/Cadet and Adult competitions for all grades. So why not give it a go?
To enter please register here by Wednesday 20th October https://www.mystudio.academy/e/?=Wirraltkd/1105/286220//1633439592
Kids Holiday Club Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October
We will be running our kids club again this half term, if we get the numbers interested. Please register here by Wednesday 20th October to secure your place
EVENTS UP AND COMING!!
OMA Instructor Course Saturday 6th November
Open to Black Belts aged 18 and above, here you will get the expertise of the 3 OMA Masters in this tailored instructor course. If you are interested, please contact Jane@wirraltkd.co.uk
Christmas Sale Weekend on 13th and 14th November
Due to the popularity of our sale weekend last year, we are running this again. This is a great opportunity to get your Christmas gifts ordered in time for the big day. There will be slots to book across Bromborough and Wallasey, where you will get some personal shopper time and discounts on products as well as access to exclusive offers and merchandise. More information to follow soon.
Ninja Graduation Saturday 27th November at Wallasey & Sunday 28th November at Bromborough
Our next ninja graduations will be taking place at the end of November, and we will be holding one at both Bromborough and Wallasey for the first time. More information to follow
Christmas Party & Annual Student Awards Friday 3rd December at Hulme Hall
We are very excited to be able to bring back our fabulous awards evening and Christmas party! The party is open to all students and their families, we have a fab DJ booked and we will be presenting our main awards:
Student of the Year
Ninja of the Year
Best Black Belt
Inclusive Student of the Year
To join us for some festive fun please book your tickets here https://www.mystudio.academy/e/?=Wirraltkd/1105/294282//1633440709
Coloured Belt Grading Saturday 11th December
Our final coloured belt grading of the year will be on the 11th December, booking will be open by mid-November
New Guidelines around Gradings from December Grading for Red Stripes and above
It’s important to us that we provide the best possible training for all our students at the same time as keeping the high standards we are known for. As students’ progress through to the higher belts the syllabus can become more demanding, and we want to ensure our students are prepared for this in the best possible way. We love to see students’ progress and ultimately achieve a Black Belt, so it’s important to us that we provide the best possible training to enable this.
As a result, we want to make a couple of changes to our guidelines around grading as follows:
- From Red stripe and above students will be asked to perform the instructor’s choice pattern, this could be any pattern they have learned up to that grade, not just Dan Gun! Students will need to be confident in all their patterns before grading.
- To be eligible to grade for a Black Stripe students MUST get the green light from their instructor before registering for grading. The Black Stripe grading is a key step to Black Belt, and we want to ensure all students are ready. It is a demanding grading which requires a good level of fitness and technique, students will be expected to perform around 5 patterns with confidence. We will be expecting red belts and black stripes to attend a Black Belt club with Master Saunders at least once a month, on top of their usual classes.
- Temporary Belts – for red belt to black Stripe, we are introducing temporary belts. If the examiner feels that the student did not perform to the expected standard at the grading, they will be awarded with the Black Stripe Belt, but not the certificate. They will also be asked to retake their grading (free of charge) at the next coloured belt grading. Once they have passed this grading they will be awarded with their certificate and classed as a full Black Stripe.
We hope that you understand and support our changes, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of the team