Rules for Examining
In order to help examiners more correctly assess progress and development in Ashihara Karate, the following rules and guidelines are presented for adoption at all strata.
1. Examiners must ensure that the student is a registered member of Ashihara Karate. As our methods of approach and concepts vary considerably from other systems, it is not possible to issue ranks to students of such other systems.
2. Students of other systems joining Ashihara Karate must undergo a minimum period of four (4) months orientation training before being permitted to undergo grading procedures.
3. With the exception of the 10 Kyu white belt promotion, there must be a minimum time period as listed in this training manual. This is based, further, on an assumed +/- 85% attendance in practice. Less practice will of course, correspondingly tend to delay promotion. Greater time practice will firm development in the long term, but will not "speed up" the issue of promotion in the short term.
4. More physical dexterity alone is not the sole criteria for the awarding of ranks. With increasing seniority comes also increasing necessity for responsibility, stability, etc. Only time matures!
Guide for Promotion of Juniors
Examiners must take particular care with assessing junior grades. All factors must be weighed carefully before determining the final rank.
In junior grades, age, build and size must be brought into consideration as too, the length of time that a student has been training. Psychologically children are more easily damaged by inadequate care being exercised in assessments.
Cognisance of the effort each junior students puts into his/her training must be kept in mind.
Every student must be made to grade to the 10 Kyu white belt - this must never be overlooked.
Therefore, in special class, juniors can be upgraded more than one grade at a time. Great care must however, be exercised, as this can produce developmental problems at a later stage.
To sum up, the following factors must be carefully evaluated and weighed up:
1. Technique ability
3. Length of practice
5. Physical abnormalities
7. Effort and determination in training
“Children are not miniature adults”.Children are GROWING. This affects the way they respond to training.