Regular grading exams for belts is a very important aspect of Martial Arts training and learning.
The key word here is “learning”
Unlike a lot of other sports Martial Arts requires a lot of learning. New techniques should be taught in a progressive structured manner so the student works their way through the various ranks towards Black Belt and beyond!
A lot of people want to begin Martial Arts but not because they are looking to learn but are looking for fitness training, to get fit or keep fit. This is of course fine but they are not looking at the bigger picture.
Proper Martial Arts training requires a good amount of; time, consistency, dedication, a will to succeed, patience among others. It in return gives the student massive returns like; confidence, feeling good, a sense of achievement, new friends, to name a few.
Martial Arts gives you the opportunity to begin a journey (sounds corny but true!).
So, going back to my opening line about belt testing, gradings. When you begin your Martial Arts classes, you should be looking at earning your first belt in around 2 – 3 months. You will be required to demonstrate what you’ve learned in that period.
When you earn your new grade, belt it is a great feeling of achievement and the first of many conquests on your Martial Arts training and learning experience.
Oh, and yes you will be fitter, stronger, more confident and a whole new world will open up for you!
Its up to you to take the first step and get into your first class, or if you used to participate get yourself back in there, the classes are waiting!!
Learn – Practice – Evolve
Chief Instructor & Founder
Gilliland Martial Arts & Fitness Academy