Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver Test Results July 4 ’18
Here are the most recent Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver Test Results from Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai:
Francis Tiapis – Red, Minna Kim – Red, Sanjay Kajal – Brown, Jimmy Kajal – Brown, Gio Platon – Purple, Lance Kawi – Blue, Chris Toews – Blue, Edmond Lin – Blue, Richard Ronquillo – Green, Linh Thuy Diep – Orange, Adam Posener – Orange, Kenny Lai – Orange, Naoufal Moudan – Orange, Oliver White – Yellow, Stanislav Kokshin – Yellow, and Washington Filho – Yellow.
It was a good test, display of energy, spirit and technique and a milestone of progress.
It may be noted that some students received an extra advancement and to avoid misinterpretation, I would like to explain some traditional and current concepts of testing. In the traditional context, regardless of particular style, martial arts and testing is designed to promote individual skill, progress and personal development. The belt system is a relatively recent tool in martial arts where previously there was white belt and black belt. The color belts are designed to be motivational tools to mark progress and to provide feedback. In our style progress is considered individually.
In Muay Thai, in particular testing is even more recent, relatively speaking. As a close trainer would say, ” You train, You fight”. The belt system helped to develop and describe levels of fighting. For example the blue level was an amateur entry level of fighting in the ring and a black level was a professional level. However, to take into consideration that many students do not want to ring fight in Muay Thai in a very competitive way due to a variety of reason, modifications have been employed for the greater transmission of benefits.
As a teacher with the goal of maximizing student progress the motivational tools of testing can be adjusted. After almost 39 years of practice and almost 29 years of full time teaching and with consideration of a number of items, some students have received a grade that is more reflective of their time, energy, skill and current development. Remember, the main goal, as a start, is black belt. Color belts are tools for the main first goal. The description above is general and has been applied to the individual. For example for some individuals extra time in training has been considered positively and for some ring fighting success, championships and application into mma has been considered, and for some age and skill in Pankration/MMA has been considered, and there are other issues that do not require excessive elaboration, at this time. If there are questions, I am happy to help.
Also, Here is a link that further describes the Purpose of Testing in the Martial Arts:
So, I am impressed by the testers, inspired to continue to pursue skill in many areas and looking forward to more. And. Congratulations to those who tested. My suggestion is to remember not to ‘linger too long at the table of success’ it is best after to get hungry and move forward… OSU!