Mr. Deaver here.
Just letting you know of some major changes coming in 2018 about our testing cycle.
With both tae kwon do and hapkido the first two belt levels only require 12 classes before being able to test for the next level.
In saying this the rest of the levels have higher expectations and as you get into the advanced levels of both arts the requirements are even longer such as 4, 6 or 12 months or more.
In reviewing I want to be sure to communicate with all of you about the testing cycle and how it affects us all.
First and foremost we offer testing every 2 months consistently so that students may look ahead and plan the day for other activities if needed
Second, it keeps less headaches because otherwise we have to schedule separate tests for the students needed then the next thing we know we are scheduling 2, 3 or 4 tests to meet everyone’s needs but then it takes time away from the rest of the students and there training days and times.
So, I want to take a minute to say if you miss a test day do to other outside activities then you will simply wait till the next test day. It is not a rush to get to Black Belt.
We consider Time in Grade which simply means the time you spend at the current rank. We have always felt you NEVER want to rush to get to the next rank and that more time at any rank is better than rushing or hurrying to the next level.
There is always time to make our techniques better, stronger, physically more efficient maybe just to understand them better.
In saying all of this tests are offered in every 8 week cycle and please plan ahead so that you know how many classes you may attend and plan accordingly to move forward.
In 2018 we will not be testing anyone above Yellow Belt in Tae Kwon Do or Hapkido before the scheduled test dates listed on the website.
Good luck and work hard and learn from everything you do.