Ranking System for WMA
Like many chinese styles, we've adopted the use of a ranking system
(the Tuan Gee system) that uses
colored sashes as indicators of rank.
While these are not really emphasized,
it does make intermingling with students of other styles easier, as well as
provide some short-term goals for the children. Also, it tends to force
the students to keep up with all of their material, even the older and
more basic stuff, as our rank tests our cumulative over everything a student
has learned up to that point. Our ranking structure is as follows:
Beginner: White, Yellow, Yellow/Strip, Orange, Orange/Strip
Intermediate: Green, Green/Strip, Purple, Purple/Strip, Blue, Blue/Strip
Advanced: Red, Red/Strip, Brown, Brown/Strip
In the Advanced student ranks, the student is required to assistant instruct.
Generally, this involves leading the warmup exercises, working with small
groups of Beginners on material the head Instructor assigns, and helping
out with the children's classes. We feel this serves a variety of purposes,
but chief among them is that a practitioner must teach to truly understand his
art. This also allows for more one-on-one instruction all around.
Black Sash Ranks: (1st - 10th degree)
Once a student reaches the Black Sash Ranks, they are considered an Instructor,
provided they've attended the mandatory Assistant Instructor / Instructor
Clinics and are familiar with what we expect of them. At this time, they may
or may not be encouraged to teach on their own, depending on a variety of
things. All active Instructors should keep up their training, returning often
to the main school,
to continue on
with the curriculum, as well as continue to help teach classes. It is
important to note that these Black Sash Ranks are exactly when we feel that
the real learning begins.
Last Updated: Friday, 17-May-2013 08:30:18 EDT, by
Tye W. Botting