Junior Black Belt Test for Posener’s MMA Vancouver and more. A@A
On April 21 ’18 Adam Posener and Ayden Arnold tested for the Junior Black Belt at Posener’s Pankration/ MMA Vancouver along with a number of other students and students testing for stripes.
The results are in. After approximately 8-9 years Adam Posener and Ayden Arnold will graduate the first course and receive their Junior Black Belt. I will talk about the JUNIOR BLACK belt more below. Also receiving their new belts are: Hunter Manness – Blue Belt, Stefano Lepore – Purple belt, Sharlie Young – Orange belt, Luca Siracusa – Orange belt, and Kiera Lajeunesse – Yellow belt. Advancing on stripes are Zola Mitchell, Luka Perez, James Wolf, Ronin Sharma, Arjun Sharma, Elijah De Leon, Tabitha Tam, Aryan Kalia, Artin Nazari, Rodean Nazari, and Ernesto Lepore.
I often joke a bit and describe the Junior black belt as not indicating acceptance into a ninja clan, admittance or passing the navy seal indoctrination, becoming a professional ufc or mma fighter or being a hired killer. It does signify some basic understanding of striking, wrestling and Jiu- jitsu and does indicate some level of proficiency for a junior. It does also indicate some basic understanding of the philosophy of the school, which is exemplified in the black belt oath and student qualification code. So it promotes some higher virtues, responsibility and an improved level of maturity. It does not equate with an adult black belt. The adult black belt incorporates a more advanced curriculum and higher level, as would be expected. Adam and Ayden are both 13 years old.
The Junior black belt is an acknowledgement of where they have come from, the advancements they have made and promotes a new level of progress and growth, which is expected in the future. The goal is for them to have a greater understanding and positive expectations for their future development moving forward with confidence, gratitude, humility and some higher virtue.
We emphasize technical development in striking, wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu for the testing and the mma sparring is given special attention for the application of the techniques. Adam and Ayden sparred 5 mma rounds for their testing, satisfied the physical requirements and demonstrated their techniques to the best of their current ability. The concept being, naturally, that their skill levels will continue to improve to their highest level, as supported on the Junior black belt oath. The goal is to develop strongly the ‘no quit’ spirit, constant improvement with the Kaizen philosophical application, and physical, mental and spiritual development to their highest level, as the ideal.
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