Ninja Grading guide
Unlike traditional Martial Arts classes we do not have grading days that parents have to pay for. We motivate our students by ensuring that every session has the potential for reward.
At Ninja School we have eight belts representing an ascending order of ability, White Yellow Orange Red Green Grey Grey Black-Stripe Black Grey-Stripe. At each level four qualities are assessed...
'The Four Element Development'
Literally translating to "body technique" Taijutsu is a Japanese blanket term for Martial Art systems that are forms of hand-to-hand combat. At Ninja School we divide Taijutsu into two categories: striking and grappling. Each is taught separate from the other and has its own curriculum.
Brazilian Jiujitsu is a Martial Art based on grappling and ground fighting, focused on controlling one's opponent through specific techniques that limit or predict their movement until they are forced to submit.
At Ninja School submissions are taken out of sparring until the advanced level for safety. Instead we have a hierarchy of positions and pins for our students to become familiar with.
Striking or standup fighting is hand to hand combat between opponents in the standing position. Martial arts and combat sports that emphasize stand-up fighting include: boxing, kickboxing, karate, Muay Thai, Kempo, Taekwondo and more.
At Ninja School our striking syllabus borrows techniques from multiple disciplines but takes most influence from western Kickboxing. Built on our three C philosophy: Contact, Control and Composure.
Although students at Ninja School will practise striking from very early on it doesn't enter the grading curriculum until redbelt (intermediate level).
Among the weapons that ninjas use, the most famous one must be the Shuriken (Ninja Star). Shurikenjutsu is the Martial Art for throwing shuriken, requiring students to develop skills such as hand eye coordination, patience and impulse control.
At Ninja School Shurikenjutsu is taught with paper shruriken handmade by origami (a fun activity for home!) . and is split into Shuriken Practise and Shuriken Battles.
Students Practice throwing shuriken left and right handed at targets using the techniques we teach with cones marking out specific distances for the students grade level. Unlike other disciplines taught at Ninja School practise is carried out in silence for 10 minutes with music played in the background.
In some instances higher grade belts will be invited by the Ninja Instructors to join in helping beginner students improve their technique.
Shuriken Battles is a sparring activity where our students put their training to the test! We arrange them into teams and create an area where the objective is to eliminate each other by throwing shuriken while avoiding being hit themselves.
Worry not parents! Safety goggles are worn at all times during sparring to protect their eyes!