It happens every quarter, "crazy" season, seaty palms as time ticks by what seems to be quickly, only to be left standing in front of Mr Lee thinking either, "I'm ready!" or "Oh no, I can't remember number 3!"
First of all it is completely normal to have nerves set in in both the lead up to Grading and then on Grading day. How you deal with the nerves, is what is going to set those apart.
So we've come up with a list of things you can do the best prepare for Grading! Some you hear us say every class (perhaps these are the most important!), while other suggestions are for easing and calmin yourself. Just remember, TSDA believes in YOU, so read on, pick what works for you and smash it out of the park this Saturday!
How to best prepare for grading...
1. Practise every opportunity you get! Even while you lie in bed trying to go to sleep, run over your self defence 1-2 x in your mind!
2. Practise your self defence, with a pause in between each movement. Remember the speed at which you start, is the speed which Mr Lee expects you to carry through all of the moves. So take your time! There's no rush.
3. Get some extra training and classes in.
4. Ask for help - don't wait until grading day to ask for help!
5. Practise breathing deeply and controlling "inside" you.
6. If family members are present, and time permits, hold a mini grading night at home in front of your loved ones. (Practising being in front of people).
7. Get a good night lseep the night before!
8. Arrive 30min before your scheduled time slot. This will allow you to get focussed, warm up, stretch adequately and be ready to kick off on time.
9. If you are a colured belt, while the belts before you are grading, run through your techniques in your head while you wait for your belt.
10. Always give 100% in your practise. It's easy to "just go through the motions" in class or even at home when your practising. However, the muscles in your body have a "memory", so do each and every movement as you would in the real world and in grading, this will help cement the moves and make them second nature.
11. Visualise yourself after your grading with a big smile on your face having nailed your grading! Visualisation is a very strong skill to use that most professional athletes use! So use it!
Best of luck everyone in your upcoming grading. It makes all of the Instructors so proud watching each of you give your best at Grading, and we look forward to Saturday!