Curriculum/Grading Period

Guidelines for Curriculum/Open Mat Sessions

Jiu Jitsu Sessions

  • First half of class allocated to drilling.
  • Work with a partner or groups.
  • Drill whatever techniques you want. E.g. If there’s something you’ve learnt in the past that you want more practice with, then you can drill that. etc.
  • If you have nothing to drill then drill something from the curriculum. Curriculum sheets are in the boxes that will be left out. If you have no one doing your stripe then look around for someone who isn’t doing anything to help you.
  • If you don’t know something from the curriculum then ask the instructor who will be walking around and we will show you.
  • Second half of the session we will start the clock for rolling rounds. If you wish to keep on drilling then that’s fine too.
  • Class will just finish when time is up – no lining up for bowing.

BMT Sessions

  • First half of class allocated to drilling.
  • Drill whatever techniques you want. You can work alone(shadow), on the bags or with a partner.
  • If you have nothing to drill then drill something from the curriculum. Curriculum sheets are in the boxes that will be left out.
  • If you don’t know something from the curriculum then ask the instructor who will be walking around and we will show you.
  • Second half of the session we will start the clock for TOUCH sparring rounds. Intensity should not exceed 50-75% which means you shouldn’t need too much space to move around. If you wish to keep on drilling then that’s fine too.

What is Curriculum/Grading Period?

For all programs we have a curriculum which covers all the CORE techniques and skills at Cabra Kai for various levels. We have our own brand and style from years and years of knowledge and experience and therefore the programs correspond to that.

The curriculum builds on top of previous content so it’s important to understand and know the techniques from fundamentals and onwards so that learning can progress much faster than an unstructured format. This will help determine your rank based on your knowledge and demonstrated execution of the curriculum. I don’t care how much of a gun or a savage you are on the mats. If you don’t know the Cabra Kai curriculum, then you aren’t assigned a Cabra Kai rank. The rank represents a style and brand that is unique to our philiosophies compared to other academies and achieving such a rank is not easily given.

Grading happens approximately every 3 months (once per season) and the head instructor will determine whether you qualify for grading or not. One of the pre-requisites is number of hours which is logged via Zen Planner. After that each person is assessed on a case by case basis and not just entirely based on number of hours. Competency, consistency, level of understanding, and execution during rolls are some of the other factors.

The curriculum/grading period itself encourages problem solving, analytical thinking, team work, self-discipline, struggle and success. A lot of the necessary ingredients to do well in the future with martial arts and beyond.

Once curriculum period arrives we spend a week working on curriculum amongst your peers and the second week is reserved for actual grading after you’ve nominated a day and time for grading. Grading usually takes no more than 10 mins per person.

FYI. Only a certain number of classes will be allocated to curriculum/grading. So some classes will run as normal. Timetable will be sent the week prior to starting.

Cabra KaiCurriculum/Grading Period