What I learnt from our recent grading.
This is going to be a relatively short post for today, largely because I’ve been working on a variety of things and I’m running really late with the blog! Sorry not sorry, as bottom line I love teaching krav maga. That will always be my focus until the day I physically can’t do it anymore.
I wanted to share with you a few photographs of the last grading we had for Focus. I think it’s safe to say I am showing off a bit here about my wonderful students and how amazing they were. I can honestly say it was the best grading I’ve ever been involved in. Be it ones that I’ve participated in myself or watched or helped at. It felt like the stars aligned and every single child did something to excel or demonstrate why they deserved their new patch.
Gradings are just ways to push ourselves out of comfort zones a little bit and that is exactly what happened. For those that find concentration difficult they proved they could put their heads down and focus. For those who always stay in their comfort zone they showed they could push themselves physically. For some it was just an achievement to show up and be “tested” and for that if nothing else I was incredibly proud. It takes courage to test yourself voluntarily, it was a horrible day with rain non-stop. Staying at home in PJ’s would not have seemed unreasonable.
For some it was their first grading and others it was their last. Whatever one it doesn’t actually matter, they showed up, they worked hard and they got their next patch. Well done.
What did I learn?
I learnt that you have to take risks sometimes, I wasn’t comfortable awarding everyone a merit and yet I couldn’t say there was one child who didn’t deserve their patch. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. As I was writing up their individual feedback I reflected on their performances and everyone had done something fantastic. That is rare. I also learnt that courage takes many forms. Some of the students were way outside their comfort zone and they didn’t panic or run away from the challenge. They faced it and did their best. I can’t ask them for more than that.
I also learnt that I cannot do these things on my own. I’ve always said that Focus is a community. Without the help of Kayleigh and Tracy I could not have run the grading, at least not safely. So thanks ladies, I really appreciate your help. Here’s to the next one!!
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