Juniors: What should you be practicing?

With the introduction of the Mon grading system for junior students (5-12yrs) this year, I thought it be apt to elaborate a little more on what each Mon grade (tag) means and what the students should be doing from one Mon grade to the next.

This is not a definitive list of what the students should be practicing at home, just what we as instructors recommend they do for a few minutes (5-10 mins) each day.

All of the gradings drills can be found in your syllabus handbook. For more advice, please speak with your instructor in class.

 

From 10th kyu (White Belts/Beginners)

Lessons 1-2

Head, Middle, Low Punch
First four movements of kata Taikyoku Jodan

Lessons 3-4

Head Block, Middle Block, Downwards Block
Up to first kiai of Taikyoku Jodan (8 moves)

Lessons 5-6

Front Kick, Round Kick
Up to second kiai of Taikyoku Jodan (16 moves)

Lessons 7-8

Forward Stance, Hourglass Stance, Sumo Stance
Full kata (20 moves)

 

From 9th kyu (White Belt + Yellow Tip)

2-3 lessons

All basic punches, back fists and elbow strikes
Grading Combination for 8th kyu (Yellow belt)
First four movements of kata Taikyoku Chudan

3-5 lessons

Blocks
Grading Line Drill for 8th kyu (Yellow belt)
Up to first kiai of Taikyoku Chudan (8 moves)

5-8 lessons

Kicks
Grading Kumite Drill for 8th kyu (Yellow belt)
Up to second kiai of Taikyoku Chudan (16 moves)

9 lessons-grading date

All techniques, combinations, line drills, kumite drills and Full kata (20 moves)

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From 8th kyu to 7th kyu to 6th kyu to 5th kyu to 4th kyu

Working towards 1st Mon

Grading Combination
25% of kata

Taikyoku Gedan (5 moves)
Gekisai Ichi/Ni (6 moves)
Saifa (6 moves)

From 1st Mon to 2nd Mon

Grading Line Drill
50% of kata

Taikyoku Gedan (10 moves = 2 moves after first kiai)
Gekisai Ichi/Ni (10 moves = up to first kiai)
Saifa (10 moves = up to the step back double punch, circle down and hammer fist)

From 2nd Mon to 3rd Mon

Grading Kumite Drill
75% of kata

Taikyoku Gedan (16 moves = 2nd kiai)
Gekisai Ichi/Ni (15 moves = 2nd kiai)
Saifa (14 moves = 2nd kiai)

From 3rd Mon to 4th Mon

Full kata

From 4th Mon to grading date

All techniques, combinations, line drills, kumite drills and full kata

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