What is a Pre-Grading?
The 'Pre-grading' is a special lesson conducted by the Chief Instructor of TVSK and other senior instructors and takes place at the main grading centre 1-2 weeks prior to the actual grading.
The lesson takes you through the syllabus required for your rank and must be attended in order to grade and to submit your application. Beginners can also use it as an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the grading centre and train with students gathered from other clubs who will be testing at the same time.
If you are intending to grade but unable to attend the pre-grading, then you must give advance written notice to your instructor stating your reason.
The lesson is free for those who are grading. Other students (regardless of rank) who are not grading, are also welcome to attend and train at these lessons by simply turning up on the day and paying a lesson fee of £7.50
What is a Grading?
A grading is an examination testing the student's proficiency according to the syllabus for their rank. The student will be promoted to the next rank upon successfully passing the exam. The syllabus can be viewed on the TVSK website.
Students will be required to be able to follow the instructions given by the Chief Instructor and show their skill in kihon basics, kata forms and kumite sparring drills according to their level.
Students must have attended the pre-grading and already submitted the following documentation:
A completed 'Grading Return Form' signed by the club instructor who has given permission to grade.
A valid TVSK licence that has not expired.
Grading fee payment. Details are on the grading form.
Separate requirements apply for black belt gradings.
The grading day
After check-in, there will be a full lesson prior to the actual grading test to provide students final opportunity to run through and practice their syllabus content.
Other students (regardless of rank) who are not grading, are also welcome to attend and train in the lesson by simply turning up on the day and paying a lesson fee of £7.50
This lesson will be conducted by the Chief Instructor and senior instructors. This will be followed by a short break prior to the examinations in grade order usually starting with 10th Kyu white belts.
Students are free to leave after they have been presented with their certificates and belts.