Kung Fu exams: online graduation

Why do the exams?

A note by Master Kongling – I have never loved exams, evaluations, etc. but over time I have understood that they are a moment of systematization of knowledge and skills.

The exams for graduation are special moments:

  • Of study and deepening
  • Of inner growth
  • Of optimization of the technique and attention to detail
  • To put ourselves to a personal test
  • To systematize knowledge and fill our gaps
  • Useful to understand our level of preparation
  • That can be seen as the culmination of our commitment

At the same time the exams are not:

  • A testimony of one’s power
  • A moment to show off
  • A point of arrival
  • An opportunity to prove ourselves to be better than others
  • The acquiring of a title
  • A way to be feared by the others

A note by Master Kongling – Being a black belt does not mean stupid things like “I have reached the top of the pyramid”, “I have nothing more to learn”, “I am invincible” (etc.): this is ridiculous. A black belt means being at the basic level to represent the school, nothing more, nothing less. It is the moment when the true martial path starts (read When a belt becomes a blindfold). If you think that the belt and / or the diploma represents the end or the goal of a martial journey, I suggest you carefully think about the type of practitioner you intend to become (read Why martial arts do not work: 5 reasons). A belt is only a belt (you can buy it for a few bucks everywhere): it is the symbol that it represents that you cannot buy.

6 Dragons Kung Fu’s exams

In 6 Dragons Kung Fu we have online exams, let’s see how they work.

Technical part:

  • They can be live (through video call, better) or through a unique remote video (without interruptions and privately uploaded)
  • The exam has a duration of 30-60 minutes (depending on the situation)
  • A good webcam / camera and a good connection are mandatory (the exam will be recorded)
  • The framing must fully include the body and the movements to be made
  • The exam can be in italian, english or french language
  • For minors, the authorization of an adult is required

How it works:

  • Before the exam begins the practitioner must wear the correct uniform and have all the necessary equipment with him / her
  • The practitioner must correctly warm-up and stretch before the exam begins
  • In the core part of the exam, there is a theoretical part and a practical one
  • In the theoretical part, the practitioner is questioned about notions, understanding, etc.
  • In the practical part, the practitioner is asked to perform exercise and techniques, etc.
  • For the technical part, the practitioner must have at least one partner

Evaluation method:

  • At each question / practical test of the exam, corresponds a rating from 0 to 100
  • The average grade of each stage gives the final grade
  • If the grade is greater than or equal to 60, the exam can be considered passed
  • A special vote is also given to the level of martiality (composure, seriousness, precision, concentration, etc.)
  • The severity of the assessment is proportional to the level for which the student wishes to present yourself (the higher it is the fewer errors are accepted)
  • Each request by the examiner may result in claims or demerits, which define the vote of each phase
  • The result of the examination will be announced the month following its finalization

What is released:

  • A belt (in relation to the level, charged to the applicant)
  • A printable paper diploma (authenticated by the school and the master)
  • The inclusion in the list of graduates (as evidence of the truthfulness of the degree achieved)

How to ask for the exam:

  • It is necessary to apply to the school by e-mail ([email protected])
  • It is necessary to possess the study material (video courses, etc.)
  • It is necessary to possess the involved equipment (uniform, eventual weapons, etc.)
  • When the school agrees, the exam program is communicated (and all the other details)
  • The cost of the exam is 75 , if not passed it can be repeated (at a reduced price) after 2 months

Important: the program for the exam is not a course, it is only the list of topics to be prepared on.

Final notes

A few important details:

  • We do not impose temporal distance limits between one exam and another (if a practitioner has all the requirements we will certainly not slow down his growth
  • It is the student’s responsibility to divide time and preparation (normally, if we have not practiced for many years, it is almost impossible to pass more exams in a short period of time)
  • Each exam is very serious and is evaluated in a very restrictive way; please, do not take part if you are not more than prepared
  • It may be reasonable to send a short demonstration video in advance
  • If you have more questions, ask in the comment or write at [email protected]

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Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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