End of year grading / by Jacob Farmer

Our 2017 end of year grading kicked off with the kids team grading which saw 11 kids achieve new grades, including 1 new belt. The kids team have really improved throughout the year, and the skills they have developed, both in Jiu Jitsu and self-confidence, really showed at the end of year grading. 
The kids were followed by the blue belts who were put to the test by Coach Jay. Congrats to Danny, Jimmy, and James who demonstrated just how far their technical knowledge has come.
Coach Jay then applied the test pressure to the purple belts, with an added set of tests beyondd the syllabus. The purples really upped the ante and set a very high standard for future gradings. Chris, Corrin, and Andrew all walked away with an array of new tabs.
Finally, Coach Jay himself was awarded two more tabs on his brown belt at the Zero Gravity grading by Professor Andrew Craven. 
Grading week at J's Gym really put on display the growth the team has had in 2017, and has set a very high bar for 2018. 

The kids team ended the year on a high after a very successful grading.

The kids team ended the year on a high after a very successful grading.

From left to right: Coach Jay, blue belts Danny, James, and Jimmy who all achieved new tabs, and Coach Andrew.

From left to right: Coach Jay, blue belts Danny, James, and Jimmy who all achieved new tabs, and Coach Andrew.

From left to right: Purple belts Andrew, Corrin, and Chris who achieved new tabs, and proud Coach Jay.

From left to right: Purple belts Andrew, Corrin, and Chris who achieved new tabs, and proud Coach Jay.