The September gradings crept up on many students who were ill-prepared. Some had not been training enough over the summer due to being away on extended holidays or away at relatives. Some simply hadn’t been to the dojo often enough just because the weather was warmer. This resulted in the number actually grading being fewer than normal which is quite usual for the Autumn gradings as some chose not to grade others had been advised not to until they were more prepared.
It is worth reminding students that grading is not a right. “To grade is a reward for attending and training regularly. One doesn’t train to grade, one grades because one has trained diligently and is ready to do so. Remember it isn’t the belt you wear that is important; it is how good you are that is the more important factor.”
For those who had practiced well and were prepared, it was a rewarding day, for most passed with flying colours. Some even double graded. For those who weren’t very successful, you should use it as a motivation to go away and practice. Get better and success will be more readily achieved next time.
Many congratulations to the winners of the club quarterly awards. Well done keep it up! Work hard, practice well and next time you might win your club’s trophy.
The winners were...
CLUB TROPHY WINNERS
Lilly Gibbs of Ampthill
Boyd Mullin of Bletchley
Ben Litchfield of Brickhill
Elizabeth Orr-Campbell of Kempston
Jamie Ogston of Newport Pagnell
Aiden Perry of Newton Longville
Clive Betts of Clapham/Oakley
Milton Keynes Area Winners
Keep up the hard work in your training and next time the trophy winner could be you!