many other martial arts Wu-Wei Dao has a belt grading structure within
which the syllabus is taught. Unlike most martial arts schools Wu-Wei
Dao has 3 different grading systems depending on age. These are as follows:
Adults: 17 years and over (see
Adult Belt Colours)
· Juniors: 13 - 16 years inclusive* (see
· Children: 7 - 12 years inclusive# (see
* Juniors who have
achieved Purple 4 can reorient to Adult grades at their next grading
even if they have not yet completed 17 years of age.
# At the discretion of the Instructor some flexibility regarding minimum
age may be extended to children under 7 years of age if they have the
necessary maturity and/or talent to benefit from the training and fit
into the class.
BELT COLOURS (age 17 and up)
JUNIOR BELT COLOURS (ages 13-16)
CHILD BELT COLOURS (ages 7-12)
FUNCTION AND FORMAT OF GRADINGS
of the grading system is to assist both the student in learning, and the
instructor in teaching, the techniques relevant to the student's level
of expertise. There is a minimum time and a minimum number of classes
before each grade in order to ensure that techniques are properly
assimilated before new ones are learned. This in turn is vital because
the techniques build on the preceding knowledge.
the form of a lesson where the student is assessed in the performance of
the techniques required for that level. The assessor makes constructive
comments on a grading sheet which is returned to the student. If the
student meets all the necessary criteria he or she is awarded the level.
If not all the criteria are met the student is frequently given an
opportunity to practise and demonstrate the relevant techniques at a
later date. In this sense gradings are different to examinations in that
the emphasis is on assisting the student and not on whether the student
has "passed" or "failed". It is also important to note that students are
generally only recommended for grading when the instructor feels the
student is ready.