Time until Next Grading
Progressing: The Belt and Patch System
Our system is specially designed to keep our Little Heroes motivated and challenged. Each level will require the mastery of specific skills (see Grading Requirements), physical and mental challenges. They also comply with the world standards (for example the IBJJF) within each art, so wherever you go in the world, your belt/level will be recognised.
Our Patches challenge the children to master certain skills as well as develop community consciousness. They will be rewarded with a Certificate and a Patch that they can put on their CV to help with future endeavours.
The Belts Charts
They Earn their Stripes in order to Grade
- Every class, if the student achieves their goals and participates well, they will receive a Black stripe on their belt.
- Once they have achieved 4 Black Stripes, they will receive 1 White Stripe.
- Once they have been awarded 2 White stripes (A total of 8 black stripes), they will be eligible for the grading challenge.
Disciplining Note for Coaches: If they are not putting effort into their training that day or distracting others, we sometimes let them know they are not receiving a stripe that day. HOWEVER, if they make a double effort next class, they will earn two stripes!
When it’s time to grade!
Stripes are the Attendance component of grading. They also need to meet the other 3 pillars:
- Focus (in class)
Note: If they do not meet all four, we need to discuss with their parents how we can work together to improve their effort inside and outside the academy.
The Head Coach will use the Grading Run sheet (In the Weekly Coaching section) on the date marked by the Universal Calendar in order to grade the students. Your HEAD COACH will provide you with this in the weeks before the gradings.
PART 2: Class Information
The Age Groups
What Do They Wear?
The Jiu x Jitsu Uniform
The Kimono or Gi is traditionally white or blue and made out of heavy cotton. It is
designed to withstand years of training without tearing while simulating normal civilian clothes. Why do students all wear the same colour? Traditionally the Academy was a place of equality, where presidents can train next to plumbers, bankers next to students.
On the mat, everybody is equal and judged only by their behaviour on the mats. Each Kimono can be cut and adjusted to the individual’s body, just like the Art of Jiu-Jitsu, until it feels like a second skin.
When practising No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu, the practitioners wear traditional Vale Tudo Shorts and Long sleeve rash guards, designed to protect the skin from friction. The outfit allows for a faster, more creative style of Jiu-Jitsu.
The Karate Uniform
The Karate Gi is lighter than the Jiu-Jitsu Kimono as it is designed to allow for the
Karateka to develop lightning speed, without interfering with their movements.
The Karate Gi is traditionally modest, lacking the flair of other martial arts, as one of the key values of Karate is to always remain humble.
A Karateka must always wear a mouth guard during training at all times. During sparring, they will always be required to wear Head Guards, Foot and Hand protectors.
The Muay Thai Uniform
The main feature of the Muay Thai uniform are the shorts. Every Team has shorts that are unique to their lineage – in our case, it’s from Jun Muay Thai in the South – and it carries the insignia worn by all Elevate Nak Muay (Warriors). On the arms, the arm-band signifies the progress of the student.
Although Muay Thai is light-contact, the student must always wear a mouth guard during training to teach them correct breathing. During sparring (optional) they will always be required to wear Head Guards, Foot and Hand protectors.
How do they tie their belt? (and how do YOU tie theirs?)
What is the reward for achieving a belt?
Moving from Beginners to Advanced Martial Arts:
Our classes are designed to keep your Little Hero motivated by giving them more advanced skills and challenges as they earn their way through the program. This helps them build goal setting and resilience.
They start Fundamentals and as they graduate through the belts they will unlock new classes, techniques and more.
Lays the foundations for more advanced martial art training and sports participation.
- Self Discipline
The training offers more challenges as the Little Heroes learn timing, combinations and performing under pressure.
- Partner Work
- Adv.Self Defense
Having mastered the fundamentals, the Heroes develop their own unique style based on their personality and goals.
- Problem Solving
The Leadership / Competition Team
Prerequisite: Discipline Patch Achieved
The Leadership Team is for the Heroes who want to get ahead and have demonstrated commitment, teamwork and grit.
As part of the team they will learn leadership skills, advanced martial arts techniques and be involved in leading the younger students. We also organise a community event every year where they get a chance to give back to the community. It is also a great way to keep their motivation high!
THEIR GRADING REQUIREMENTS
Each level has very specific requirements. Click Below to see the Videos of each one.