- Posted by Cody Maltias
- On March 8, 2016
- 0 Comments
One incredibly common question for new students involves the rate of promotions as well as
what is required of a student to achieve a promotion. For me this breaks down to 4 very simple
I. Performance on the mats
Simply put, can you effectively utilize techniques in the curriculum in various situations? I expect that at each belt level there is a certain level of actual proficiency. This proficiency should be reflected in your day to day training.
II. Knowledge Base
Both depth and breadth will be required. You must understand certain techniques very deeply, develop your own understanding of them, and at the highest level be able to pass them on to others. At the same time your general knowledge should remove blind spots and give you a solid base in every aspect of training.
III. Behavior in the Academy
If our entire Academy followed your example would we be better off or worse. Are you on time to class? A great partner? Do you put in extra effort, support teammates, and contribute to the Academy’s growth? All of this is important in moving forward in the martial arts.
IV. Example you set outside the Academy
Robert Drysdale gave me my black belt and he and I are forever linked. Anytime I roll, teach, give opinions, post on social media it all reflects back on him. The inverse is true as well, long before someone gets to know me, my lineage impacts their opinion of me. Everyone promoted under the Elevate Banner must be a true representative of the Academy in all aspects of their lives. Mastery is not necessary to move up to the next belt level. However, all 4 areas should be addressed and constant progress should be made. Strengths get reinforced, weaknesses get shored up, and eventually you will be a well rounded Black Belt representing the Academy both on and off the mats.