Let's get real though.
So that's why I think grading is important, in short, you experience a challenge and you have a simple way to measure progress. However, I'm also aware that gradings don't measure some things that matter when confronting real-life violence. Naturally, this is what is so difficult about teaching self-defence. We can create as much pressure testing and scenario training as we like, but you don't know for sure you'll react until that moment comes. I've trained with people who have never ever graded, they just train for the love of it. Some exude a certain aura and I am pretty confident they will be able to handle themselves. Then I met a black belt who had been brutally attacked and injured because they froze at a critical moment. I do not believe there is any correlation between what grade you are and how much of a badass you are.Read More