Yes, we have a grading system in place. Our main priority is getting you to learn how to be safe, and the patch testing system is designed to make you as the student have goals to work towards to achieve your black patch levels. (Black belt)
However, it is not a necessity to grade, that decision is totally up to you if you want to and are of standard, many students do grade, and our gradings are a hard, pressure tested workout so a great learning module in its own right, some students do not wish to and thats fine, actually turning up to train is whats important, and as adults its totally your choice if you wish to grade, you will still learn the system but just not graded on it thats the only difference. The patches are White, Grey and White, Grey, Grey and Black, Black.
The patches are broken down into three modules per level, the levels are foundation, intermediate and advanced.
We do NOT grade every two months like some unscrupulous clubs out there, no one can be much better with just 8 hours training between grades, this is purely a money making exercise and we do not agree with this way of running a club. Our grades are on average every 12-18 months, so will take you around 6 years to gain black patch level.
Long time? Yes it is and hard work, sweat and determination, but at least when you get there its a right of passage, earned and respected, exactly how it used to be and still is with us and other reputable schools out there. The main concern is your safety, so its not just about patches, however everyone who has gone through our gradings have earned them, learned a lot about themselves and feel a lot more confident knowing what they have learned can be utilised and used under pressure.
How we Grade
The gradings are split into two parts, the first part is the basics, looking for smooth delivery of combatives and skill showing the basic principles of CROSS Krav Maga which is dealing with the threat, adding combatives and disengaging and scanning.
The second part focusing on free flowing of techniques and principles under stress and pressure testing.