UPDATED ON 08/05/2024


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🌟 A Message to Our Students

Dear HAITO Karate & Self-Defence Club Students,

As you approach the significant moment of belt grading, it’s natural to feel a mix of excitement, nerves, and stress. Remember, it’s okay to feel anxious, but it’s also important to convert that energy into enthusiasm and self-assurance. 🧘‍♂️ Take time to relax and find your inner calm. Your hard work over the past months has prepared you for this, and now it’s time to shine and earn that well-deserved belt!

Remember, each belt in Karate represents not just your skill level, but also the journey of growth and learning you’ve embarked upon. As you stand on the cusp of achieving your next belt, reflect on the journey that brought you here, the obstacles you’ve overcome, and the lessons you’ve learned. This grading isn’t just a test of your physical skills, but a celebration of your perseverance, dedication, and spirit. 🌱

🧠 Mindset for Grading

Approach your grading with a focused and composed mindset. Stay positive, envision success, and treat any mistake as a learning opportunity. 🚀 Reflect on your dedication and training; you’re ready to excel. Remember, confidence in your abilities is key.

In martial arts, the mind is as important as the body. A positive mindset can significantly impact your performance. Visualize each technique with clarity, see yourself executing them perfectly, and believe in your training. Remember, each movement in Karate is not just a physical act, but a manifestation of your mental strength and focus. Let your training guide you, and trust in the skills you have honed. 🧘‍♀️

💬 Inspirational Quote

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Bruce Lee

Let this powerful quote from the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee inspire you. Channel your focus and determination, just like a warrior in pursuit of excellence.

📍 Locations and Times

Hampton Dojo

  • For 10th and 9th KYU
  • Location: Hampton Library & Leisure Centre, Clayburn Rd, Peterborough PE7 8GL
  • Date: 8th December 2023, 18.00 – 20.30

Bretton Dojo

  • For 10th, 9th, 8th, and 7th KYU
  • Location: Pyramid Community Centre, Watergall, Peterborough PE3 8NZ
  • Date: 9th December 2023, 9.00 am – 13.00

Please make a note of these locations and times in your calendar. Ensure you know the route to the dojo and plan for any potential traffic or delays. ⏰

⏰ Arrive on Time

  • Start Times: 18.00 (Hampton) or 9.00 am (Bretton)
  • Tip: Arrive 10-15 minutes early for preparation
  • Note: Late arrivals cannot be graded – No Exceptions.

Arriving early also allows you to acclimate to the environment, observe the setup, and mentally prepare for your grading. Use this time to do some light stretching, visualize your techniques, or simply meditate and calm your nerves. Remember, this pre-grading time is an integral part of your overall performance.

🚫 Rules for Students

  • Stay Until The End: Grading sessions are longer than regular classes; leaving early is not permitted.
  • For Non-Grading Students: Your support and attendance are valuable for learning and morale. 🙌

Adhering to these rules is a reflection of your discipline and respect for the art of Karate. These guidelines are set not only for the smooth functioning of the grading process but also to include a sense of responsibility and commitment among all students.

🥋 Uniform and Essentials

  • Full and Tidy Uniform: Includes trousers, top, belt, and a white, plain t-shirt for girls.
  • Protective Equipment: Necessary for higher belt gradings.
  • Water: Always have a bottle of water with you.
  • Reminder: Missing items = No grading – No Exceptions.

Your uniform is not just attire; it’s a symbol of your dedication to Karate. Wearing it correctly and with pride reflects your respect for the dojo, your Sensei, and the martial art itself. Ensure your uniform is clean, neatly ironed, and worn correctly. This attention to detail demonstrates your readiness and seriousness for the grading.

📸 Guests and Media

  • Guests: Family and a friend are welcome but must maintain a respectful and quiet presence.
  • No Babies or Infants: To avoid distractions during the grading.
  • Photos and Videos: Allowed without disturbing the students.
  • Sensei Gabi: Will take official photos for social media and advertising.

We welcome the support and enthusiasm of family and friends, as their presence can be a great source of motivation. However, it’s crucial that this support does not interfere with the focus and concentration of the students being graded. As spectators, your role is to observe, encourage, and respect the efforts of all participants.

🏆 After the Grading

  • Award Ceremony: Sensei will present belts and certificates.
  • Photo Session: Group and individual photos are encouraged.

This is a moment of celebration, not just for those who pass, but for everyone who has taken part. Whether you receive a new belt or not, remember that you have achieved a lot simply by participating in the grading process. It’s a step forward in your martial arts journey. Celebrate every achievement, learn from every experience.

🚨 Unforeseen Circumstances

  • Notify Sensei Gabi: In case of sickness or planned holidays.
  • Failure to Inform: Results in waiting for the next scheduled grading.
  • Communication: Essential for fairness and accommodation.

Life is unpredictable, and sometimes circumstances beyond our control can arise. What matters is how we handle these situations. Prompt communication with Sensei Gabi shows respect for her time and efforts and for the opportunity to grade. It also demonstrates responsibility and maturity as a student of HAITO Karate.

📢 Final Words

As you prepare for this grading, remember that it’s not just a test, but a celebration of your journey in Karate. Embrace every challenge, cherish every moment, and give your best. Your dedication, spirit, and hard work have brought you here, and we are proud to see you take this next step in your martial arts journey.

We believe in each of you and can’t wait to see your success. Remember, luck favors the prepared, and you are more than ready for this moment. 🌟 For any questions or clarifications, feel free to reach out to Sensei Gabi.

Let’s make this grading a memorable and triumphant experience!

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