It's long due, but we're happy to announce that the FIRST grading session for Ashihara Karate Kaikan Singapore (AKKS) was successfully held last 6th April 2013, Saturday! Check out the pictures here!
If you haven't known, Grading is an event where the students' understanding of their current Ashihara Karate training are being assessed. Every 4 months, students wishing to advance to the next grade (kyu) participate in grading to be assessed by a panel of examiners. Successful attempt at grading awards students with a new color belt and a grade certificate from the Ashihara Karate headquarters in Japan.
Grading generally comprises of 3 components- Kihon, Kata & Bunkai and Supplementary Techniques.
Kihon or 'basics' are fundemental techniques that consists of punches, hand strikes, hand blocks and kicks. Since basic techniques form the foundation of Ashihara Karate, all students regardless of grades are assessed in this component.
Kata & Bunkai loosely translates to 'form & application.' Kata is a solo routine which consists of performing fighting techniques against imaginary opponents. It is later followed by bunkai, which is the application of these techniques onto an actual person via a partner. Since different kata bear varying levels of difficulty, a different kata is assigned at different grades.
Having said that, we hope that our little sneak peak on grading have given you a better understanding about how the training progression occurs in Ashihara Karate. If we could summarise it into a sentence, it'll probably be,