Grading Etiquette – prior to completing your grading application.
31 May 2022
If you are hoping to grade please let your instructor know. Do not tell them that you are grading – that is considered rude. Rather just let them know that if you were able you would like to grade.
Your instructor will be interested to know that you have been training consistently and that you have completed (or will complete) at least the minimum number of lessons required for your grade. You should always aim to do a lot more lessons than required.
Your instructor will only agree to your grading if you know your curriculum well enough to perform it under the stress and tension of a grading event. You should know the name of your techniques and be able to perform them confidently.
The purpose of asking for an early opinion from your instructor is that where improvement is necessary, you can work hard to achieve the required level by the grading date. Please do not be upset if the instructor asks you to wait until a later grading round. The last thing any instructor or student wants to do is to go to a grading unprepared. It is embarrassing and potentially will result in failure.
As you climb in ranking, the requirements, of course, become harder and more testing! Students that have only completed the minimum in the early grades tend to start to find it very difficult as they progress through. Like everything in life, the harder you work, the easier it is, the luckier you become. Luck is the companion of hard working people!