It is not enough to just 'know' your syllabus...it requires effort, spirit, correct technique, confidence and, as you progress, a deeper understanding .
Tight fists. Good stance. Strong attacks.
Confident, effective defences. Use of both arms when blocking. Timing, Distance. Accuracy. The list is endless...but most of it is to be found in our Student Manual - read it. If I had a pound for every time I'd yelled any of these at students, I'd have retired
to Spain long ago!
Be prepared for tougher standards. If you're testing, take it all on board. If you're assessing, don't be
'kind' - it creates a false belief of ability for the student. If it's weak, it's weak. If it's good, it's good. If it's excellent, it's excellent. If you're planning to grade and you have any doubt of attaining those standards, leave it and grade when you
are confident. If you fail, don't quit. Take it as a lesson and work on those shortcomings - remember, there is a lesson in failure - success is just an event and most of you don't even look at your report, meaning you don't look at what needs work! To quote...'Success
isn't final...Failure isn't fatal'.
Remember - 10th, 9th, 8th Gup....you are beginners and your pass rate percentage allows for your levels. You'll still be nervous at this stage! 7th, 6th, 5th
Gup...you are intermediates - your pass rate percentage is higher and we expect more from you. You should show a greater understanding of your earlier grades and be seen to be striving to absorb your newer syllabus. 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st Gup...You are the senior
Gups. You should be striving to achieve 100%...no less. Yes, there will be mistakes , but you should know that they are mistakes and be able to show correction. Your confidence should be unquestioned and that should be evident in your effort and spirit.
So...bring your 'A' game....nothing less.