Players will be graded at regular intervals.
All players should be moving through the BJA grading syllabus at a pace of approximately 1 Mon every 6 months. A dedicated player starting at 8 to 10 yrs should achieve their 1st Dan (Black Belt) by the time they are 17 to 18 yrs, with gifted exceptions being as young as 15 to 16 yrs!
We hold Club Gradings four times a year most players can expect to be graded every 6 months, due to the technical nature of the grading syllabus the speed at which you progress through the grades will be dependant on how often you train, your natural ability and how much effort you put into remembering what you have been taught.
Players that train twice a week or more and compete regularly will sometimes, at the coaches discretion, be fast-tracked and graded every 2 to 3 months. Players that only train once a week may sometimes only be graded every 9 to 12 months. Players that have been away from judo for long periods of time (due to injury etc) may progress even slower. Progression beyond orange belt will be difficult for players that train
Grading examinations assess both technical knowledge and ability, when the coaching team belive that a student is ready for promotion the student will be notified and given 2-3 weeks to prepare.
As the coaches take the responsibility of teaching the required techniques; the players must accept responsibility for learning. Players should begin revision of both the techniques and their English descriptions at least two weeks prior to the examination – if in doubt about any techniques ask the coaches for help at least one week before the grading.
Where possible the club plans to move players through the grading system in groups, this allows us to plan our lessons better and the players benefit from having more partners learning the same groups of techniques as they are.
Grading guides are available on our website, if internet access is an issue the coaches will provide any information you require in paper form, just ask.
If you believe you are overdue for a grading, then please speak to the coaches they will answer any questions you have.
Please ensure your BJA membership is kept in date, if this expires you are ineligible for gradings
Gradings are charged at £10 - £7.50 BJA administration, £2.50 club examination fee.
Relax and enjoy your examination - you are being graded because you are ready!
Do some revision and don't forget your BJA Licence!
Harlow judo club are working on it own proficiency award system for the younger element of the club to replace the Kano. If this is successful it will be extended with a bronze, silver and gold award for the older pupils which will run in conjunction with the Mon system. Watch this space for more details. It is hoped that we can have this up and running for the 1st class of the new year.
BJA Grading Information
Click on the picture of Kano to visit the BJA Grading website pages for more information and the BJA syllabus.
The BJA syllabus can also be found in your Judo Diary.
Remember that you need to learn the English descriptions for each technique to be demonstrated in your grading - click on the judo kanji.
BJA Video Grading Syllabus
For some extra help click on the throw image to vist the BJA Technical Syllabus On-line Video Guide.
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