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Who Does My Testing?

What to Look for in a Good Martial Art School - Part 6 - Who Conducts the Gradings

Sixth in a series to help you determine which martial art school is right for you or your child.

Today's blog post provides another question to ask when you meet the instructor.

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Who Conducts the Grading or Examination of the Students for their Belt Promotions?

This is an important question as it will give you a good insight into how the school you're considering joining operates.

Taekwondo Grading Examiners

Some martial art schools will only conduct internal gradings, which means the instructor who taught the students will also examine and promote the student to the next level. This situation can be fine when the instructor is providing an environment that produces skilled students. However, in some circumstances may lead to students not attenting skills levels that are equivalent to national or international standards.

Having an examiner, who is not part of the school and does not teaches the students, helps to ensure an unbiased assessment of the students. In addition, this helps ensure the skills of the students are at a national or international standard. ITF SEQ always ensure its students are graded by an external examiner who is registered with

the International Taekwon-Do Federation, which is the world governing body for Taekwon-Do and headquartered in Vienna. This ensures ITF SEQ students are at an international standard and their belt levels are recognised by International Taekwon-Do Federation schools around the world.

Part 7 of this blog series will provide further questions to ask the instructor to ensure you're dealing with a professional and well organised martial art school.

All the best in finding the right school and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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