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Online Colour-belt Grading: 13th June 2020

Posted on: May 19th, 2020 by David Finch

ONLINE GRADING: 13th June 2020

We are very excited to announce our first ever online grading for coloured belts.  During this extraordinary period our students have continued to train extremely hard and have demonstrated many times over the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be given this opportunity.

Saturday, 13th June 2020 (Zoom)

  • Mighty Matts: 9:30am
  • Junior & Adult white – orange belt: 10:15am
  • Junior & Adult green – blue belt: 11:00am
  • Payment will need to be made online (details & application forms will be available very soon)
  • Once payment has been received, families will receive e-mail confirmation plus the zoom code for the Grading

All students who we feel are ready to take this opportunity will be contacted directly by the MF Kent team.  This opportunity is available for all current students whether they were black tagged prior to lock-down or not.  That being said, if you or your child were awarded a black tag prior to lock-down, it is vital that we see them training live (either 1-2-1 or via a zoom class) so that we can check their levels.

If we have not seen a student live in any way over this lock-down period, unfortunately, we will be unable to put them forward for the grading as we would not have been able to asses their level, even if they have been training at home.

There is still time to work hard and improve so keep training, take the opportunities that are being made available to learn and we will see you in class online.

Guidelines for online the grading:

It is very important that all parents / guardians / students read and understand the online grading guidelines we have issued for this upcoming event.  These can be found:

  • Logging into this website, or
  • MF Kent Online Training Facebook group page

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me (kent@mattfiddes.com / 07980 308952).

Master Finch

Red Tag Challenge

Posted on: April 20th, 2020 by David Finch
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MIGHTY MATTS & JUNIORS

Red Tag Challenge

During these uncertain and sometimes worrying times it is important that we stick to what we now is right and continue to demonstrate the attitudes of a Black Belt.

The challenge is simple – demonstrate your wonderful Black Belt attribute and earn your Red Tag.

We would like to challenge all our Mighty Matt & Juniors students to earn their RED TAG in the next 3-weeks.  Whether you are Grading or not, we can still learn what it is to be a Black Belt.

  • Download your philosophy / homework sheets (either from this website of the MF Kent Online Training Facebook page)
  • Mighty Matts are to download: “Being Brave”
  • Juniors are to download the philosophy for their belt (the belt they are currently on)
  • Learn the philosophy and put it into practice
  • Send us evidence of you understanding your philosophy and you will earn your RED TAG online and then we will present you with it when we return a normal
  • If you have already earned your RED TAG then this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate even more wonderful examples

I have explained the importance of the RED TAG in a video on the MF Kent Online Training Facebook page.

Any questions please do ask – who is ready for the challenge?

Master Finch

COVID-19 Update – Upcoming Grading Postponed

Posted on: March 18th, 2020 by David Finch

COVID-19 Update

Ref; the upcoming Grading on 29th March 2020 – POSTPONED

Due to the current situation and the large numbers of students and families who would have attended we have taken the decision to postpone the upcoming Grading on Sunday, 29th March.

We have re-scheduled this for the weekend of 9th May 2020 (Canterbury).  We will confirm whether it is a Saturday / Sunday for you / your children.

Please note that we are having to monitor events daily and so this may change but we will keep you all posted.

KEEP TRAINING – this is important.  You have all worked so hard this year and it is important to maintain what you have accomplished.  May will come around very quickly and we want to be ready.

At this moment in time classes are continuing as normal but please do make note of the actions being putting in place:

  • All students must wash their hands before class.
  • Parents etc must wait outside the hall during the class to reduce numbers.  Please just drop-off and pick-up.
  • All students are to wait outside (in a safe dry place) until the hall has been emptied of the previous class.
  • If you / family members show any symptoms of COVID-19 or just feel unwell please do not come to class.

Thank you for your patience and understand during this challenging time.

Master Finch

Grading day (29th March) – new venue

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by David Finch

Grading Day – Sunday, 29th March 2020

*** CHANGE OF VENUE ***

Due to the number of students attending the Grading on Sunday, 29th March we have changed the venue slightly.  Instead of being at the Primary School, we will be hosting the Grading at the Canterbury High School in the main school hall (look out for signs and flags).

Here is a link to the school.

All times are as advertised – please arrive in plenty of time.

Thursday, 5th March – no classes

Posted on: March 3rd, 2020 by David Finch
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Thursday, 5th March 2020

REMINDER – there are no classes this week due to the school being used.

We will start tag-testing next week (12th March).

Practice – practice – practice

Tag-testing starts this week

Posted on: March 3rd, 2020 by David Finch

We will start tag-testing this week for the upcoming grading day on Sunday, 29th March.

As always, if we feel a student is ready to move up to the next level we will add a black tag to their belt and issue a grading letter.  Please do not worry if your son / daughter does not receive a tag.  We have plenty of time for you to practice at home or they may just need a little extra time.

Here are the details of the grading day:

  • Sunday, 29th March 2020
  • Canterbury Primary School, Canterbury
  • Mighty Matts – 9:30am (start)
  • Juniors & Adults – 10:15am (start)
  • Panel Grading – 12:00 – 3:00pm (for red-stripe – deputy black students only)

NEW Grading procedure for Black Belts (2020 onwards)

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by David Finch
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NEW Grading Procedure for 1st Degree & above

Following a review of how the MF Organsation tests our current Black Belts there will be a small change to the logistics of testing candidates from 2020 onward.

From next year ALL candidates who are currently 1st Dan & above will be required to attend one central location for testing.  Here are the details:

Dates: 21st March & 26th September only

Venue: North Solihull Sports Centre, B37 5LA

Time: 1:00 ~ 5:00pm

Forcandidates who are currently 1st Dan & above only

Application form: there will be a separate Black Belt Application form which will need to be handed in prior to the Grading.

All other requirements for testing will remain the same.  Please note:

  • This is NOT applicable to candidates who are Deputy Black Belt applying for 1st Degree black Belt
  • 1st Degree & above candidates will NOT be allowed to attend any other Panel Grading dates

 

Upcoming Grading – June 16th & 22nd

Posted on: June 2nd, 2019 by David Finch
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We have now started tagging students who we feel are ready for the upcoming Grading so keep up the hard work everyone and you will continue to improve.

For those who have been tagged here are the details:

 

 

 

Colour-belt Grading: (white belt – blue belt only)

  • Sunday, 16th June 2019
  • Chaucer Technology School, Canterbury
  • Mighty Matts: 9:30am
  • Juniors & Adults: 10:15am

Panel Grading: (Red-stripe & above only)

  • Saturday, 22nd June 2019
  • Prospect Technology College, Reading
  • 10:00 – 12:00pm

Tag-testing starts soon

Posted on: March 3rd, 2019 by David Finch
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In preparation for the upcoming Gradings we will start tag-testing for all students from Sunday, 3rd March onward.

For your diaries:

GRADING DAY: 24th March 2019 (Canterbury)

  • Mighty Matts: 0930hrs
  • Juniors & Adults: 1015hrs
  • Panel Grading: 1200hrs

As always, there is never any rush and we will only tag students when we believe the time is right and they are confident and ready to be put forward.  The next available colour-belt Grading Day is Sunday, 16th June.

Belt presentations – congratulations!

Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by David Finch
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Firstly, a huge well done to everyone that took part in Sunday’s Grading.  It was such a positive day for the MF Kent School and each and everyone of you deserve a big pat on the back for working so hard and doing your very best.

We are very excited to be able to present new belts and certificates in all classes this week.  Feel free to bring along your families and friends and don’t forget your cameras.

See you soon.

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