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sensei8
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Location: Houston, TX
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nowadays in the world we all live in with the Covid-19 pandemic, MA schools are needing to reinvent themselves to survive and succeed. This is where on-line grading just might be the most appropriate and responsible thing for MA schools to embrace.

I am seriously considering on-line grading, being remote versus on-location grading; still tossing the idea around. Those students that still don't want to return to the floor during this pandemic, just might be receiving class and on-line grading remotely.

Change is inevitable, aka, Who Moved My Cheese; change or die, in a business sense.



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ashworth
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Joined: 13 Nov 2006
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Location: UK
Styles: Kankoko No Ryu, shotokan, IJR Karate, Iaido

PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We completely put our club on hold throughout all of this, I have offered students videos of stuff they can do at home, but definitely wont be doing any kind of gradings until we are back into the dojo properly.

They all understand we may need a bit of a recap when getting back to it, just before we stopped there was a big group grading where most of them graded to their next belt anyway. I have even had one student say he would want to re-do his last grade. Which isn't going to be necessary, we will just have a recap period to dust of the cobwebs and resume as normal.
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SLK59
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Joined: 05 Nov 2020
Posts: 91
Location: USA
Styles: Shotokan Karate

PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ashworth wrote:
We completely put our club on hold throughout all of this, I have offered students videos of stuff they can do at home, but definitely wont be doing any kind of gradings until we are back into the dojo properly..


My dojo is much the same: online Zoom training sessions for existing members, and no gradings until in-person training can resume. However, our organization is a non-profit and the instructors do not make their living through teaching karate, so they can afford to do this.

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aurik
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Joined: 08 Nov 2016
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Location: Denver, CO
Styles: Shuri-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our CI has moved to a hybrid model -- he runs some of his classes via Zoom, and he also has in-person classes (with restrictions). He has different pricing plans for the different (in-person vs online) options. He prefers to do gradings in person whenever possible, but he also understands parents' and students' concerns about the pandemic.

The pandemic has been particularly hard on his brown belt students, because in order to advance to 2nd kyu or above, you have to spar on your test. With our current COVID restrictions, sparring or any form of contact between students is essentially verboten. What he has done instead is he's modified the curriculum for 3rd kyu and above. Traditionally, he wouldn't start teaching students seisan (required for shodan) until 1st kyu, and he would expect students to take roughly a year to gain enough competence before testing. Now he is teaching seisan at 3rd kyu, and he will be able to reduce the time-in-rank requirements at ikkyu because of this.

Hopefully now that a vaccine is starting to become available, this means that an end to COVID is in sight. However, it's still a long ways ahead of us.
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