About student levels and progress

The different levels in SMA KARATE. As part of our overall approach to age and skill appropriate learning we have broken up our curriculum into various levels. Every level is a step progress in complexity and effort required.

Level 0 & Level 1 are aimed at instilling the confidence in the student that they can work hard and achieve their goals. Mistakes and lower effort are tolerated as students become aware of themselves and expectations. As their skills and fitness develop so does the requirements for them to increase intensity in grading and display better technique.

Level 2 introduces more complex concepts and a greater expectation to aim higher and work harder. Some mistakes are tolerated but a greater display of technique recall and skill ability is required. For younger students (9-12yrs) this level is a where they typically decide stuff is too hard. Their doubts and confidence in their own abilities due mainly to age development kick in. It is important we build them up to maintain their self esteem and confidence.

As students progress into Level 3 & 4 long pattern sets are introduced, more complex movement and concepts around body control also become more prevalent. Weapons work is fully introduced. At this level the expectation on student intensity and skill level during grading assessment is higher than before. The recall capability and requirement to focus and practice is clear to all students. Without it, progression is simply not possible.

Level 5 students now are expected to be demonstrating maximum effort as well as skill. Execution of technique should start to become second nature with movement and techniques starting to blend in ways that suit the individual student. At gradings little leeway, if any, is now given for incorrect or forgotten technique. Overall a Level 5 student should display the best qualities of a students training.

The levels enable students of various learning and physical abilities to progress and achieve their goals. As students get higher in rank and level the expectation of their intensity, recall and execution of technique increases exponentially. This way we enable students to learn and develop themselves and catch them as they progress into higher levels without crushing their belief and confidence in themselves.

It is important to remember never to judge one students development against another without fully understanding their own personal learning, physical and personal circumstances which all have an impact in a students ability to perform under pressure. This does not mean a free ride is given but that students are evaluated below level 4 & 5, not just at grading day, but throughout classes.