No Mini BBC classes this week. This time is for review.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - stripe evaluations.(please review changes we have made below under upgrades
Wednesday BBC- Bo/dagger/forms (6:20pm)
Friday - Graduation - 6:30pm
Saturday - Classes are cancelled because of the banquet
Upgrades, Changes and Reminders for 2013
We are grateful for another successful year at Quest Martial Arts. We celebrated a number of accomplishments this year, and are planning on continually improving what we do and how we do it. If you have not made plans to attend this year's banquet, please do it! When we look back at all we have accomplished as individuals and as a community, there is a great deal to celebrate. It is one of the few times the whole school can be seen together.
Stripe Testing becomes Stripe Evaluations 2013
Please note the following upgrades to our evaluation process.
Over the past few years, too many students and parents are stuck on a particular number of stripes determining success or failure. In truth, each student progresses at their own pace; therefore there should be no designation of success or failure. So our first upgrade is to change the name of stripe testing to Student Evaluations. The only real testing will occur when a student moves from one level to another ( Beginner to Intermediate, Intermediate to Advanced, Advance to Jr. Apprentice.) The stripe we give will merely designate that we have put our eyes on that student during a particular month . Each student must be actively training the month prior to qualify for an evaluation.
Moreover, we have felt more pressure from parents to graduate a student even if they are not ready. We, as Master Instructors, have decades of experience at evaluating students. We look not only where the student is today, but where they need to be in 6 months. Keep in mind that students at the same rank may be three years apart in age. In reality, older kids may progress faster. Some students have physical maturity, but lack experience or the emotional maturity to handle the next level. A student may have a great attitude, good techniques, but be unable to apply them to sparring. We work hard to avoid setting a student up for failure. However, many parents and students have wanted that stripe or intermediate belt, without understanding the bigger picture. Please trust the process we have put in place. Many students have been disappointed throughout their martial arts experiences.. it is part of the education. We are not saying we are perfect, and there is no concrete answer to everything, but we do look at every student and make the best decision we can. It is a lot like parenting!
Evaluations and their criteria are different at each level. Each mid level evaluation will be based on more general objectives. Class attendance is a must or the student will be denied the opportunity to be evaluated. Again even this is not the end of the world. Maybe they were sick, maybe they play another sport, maybe there was a hardship in the family, or a special vacation .. whatever the reason, they cannot have what they have not earned.
After attendance, at each level we will be looking basic criteria: respect in class, ability to work with a partner, kick of the month, sparring progression, coordination, physical fitness, control of body, maturity and attitude. When the student is ready to move up to the next major level, an evaluation of concrete moves, forms, self defenses, and terminology will be given. We will start these tests the week before stripe testing. Evaluation checklist are in the newer black belt club binders or available online atwww.questmartialarts.us
Finally, please remember that we will treat each student in accordance with his or her potential, and that this is different from student to student. Not all students of the same rank will look or act the same. This did not slip by us.
It is important to us that our evaluation process and promotions possess integrity. We understand that you may not agree with a decision we make; we do hope that you trust the larger process we have designed. ( just take a look at the teen black belts around you!)
Stripe Evaluation Days.
We will devote three days a week to stripe evaluations: Monday to Wednesday of most weeks without holidays. We will also evaluate our Saturday only students on Saturday. We can no longer lose so much class time to evaluating students/ Often student are coming the week after graduation looking to be evaluated taking valuable class time from a new curriculum.
If you miss the evaluation, you may schedule a private lesson/evaluation or you must wait until the next evaluation.
Graduations are Friday nights of the evaluation week with a few exceptions that will be posted in the monthly newsletter. Again, we cannot lose time to running multiple graduations throughout a week. We will do make up graduation on Saturday am. If you cannot come to one of these classes, then you will have to wait until the following graduation. The ceremony is an important part of the process for both students and teachers. We want to deliver more class time, and be more efficient in what we do.
Remember that parents always have veto power! If attitude and effort are not in line with black belt qualities at home and at school, please let us know.
Please make sure you or your student has a proper uniform. Make sure it is neat and clean! We have seen a few dirty ones coming in! Also it should be in good condition. We take pride in being Tang Soo Do practitioners. Being on a quest to be your best includes looking your best! Uniforms should fit properly. Uniforms that are too small inhibit movement. Please take pride in how you look. We know we are all busy, but if we don't make the details important, make excuses, etc, we are not practicing a traditional martial art.
Master Bogdanski and Master Duethorn