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Our school has a grading syllabus incorporating Muay Thai & Grappling, both standing and on the floor. Our Muay Thai MMA syllabus is known for its informality and conservatism in regards to promoting students to a higher grade. This is largely due to the type of martial art that it is and the style that is used to teach it. There are few specific set “rules” about what a student should know before promotion occurs, and it is generally up to the instructor to decide if the student is ready for advancement.

The success of Muay Thai & MMA as an effective martial art is largely due to its teaching and grading methods which, as well as drills, techniques and fitness, places such a large emphasis on live sparring and associated performance in this, as well as competition. The individuals performance and skill level is one of the key foundations of grading. Therefore Muay Thai is a martial art that is places an emphasis less on theory and more on performance in application of the martial art, and students are graded as such.

It is an accepted principle to never promote a student before they are of a skill level equal to or higher than others of that level that they will be competing against, this ensures that students are promoted conservatively and are representing the sport and their school/team as best as possible. This policy of conservatism is a key aspect in making Muay Thai one of the most effective martial arts in sporting and real life applications.

Rules & tips for grading

1. You not a CMAA member  

You need a CMAA licence book to be graded.


2. You're not properly attired

Muay Thai shorts (MMA shorts are fine) is club uniform and is a grading requirement.


3. Don't Being a ‘grade hunter’ or obsessed with being promoted to the next grade

A big No No is to openly ask your instructor for a higher grade. It raises a massive red flag for your instructor who can actually start to think that you are only interested in being promoted:

  1. So you can brag about your level instead of being interested in the other important aspects of the art.
  2. Have no respect for the art & amount of work it takes to earn a higher grade the art.

At the end of the day what you should do is to enjoy the ride and absorb as much knowledge as you can.

Solution: Forget about the grade. Just enjoy the journey.


4. You constantly make the same mistakes

This can be a strong signal that you are basically ignoring him, not paying enough attention or you think you know better. If he is telling you to do, try or correct something, listen to him, it’s the voice of experience giving you advice right there.

Solution: Focus and concentrate!


5. You don’t train enough

There are some people that will train for a month and then disappear for half a year before coming back again. Being regular in your training is so important in terms of progressing. A grade promotion comes when you are able to demonstrate a specific set of skills required to obtain the next grade. If you cannot demonstrate it there is no way to have you evaluated.

Solution: Come to class as much as possible. Minimum 2 times a week to progress properly.


6. Don't be a one trick pony/not well rounded

It can be a strong signal that you are not paying enough attention to what he is teaching at a specific day or week just so you can still focus on working only on that specific technique you decided is the best for you.

Solution: Be more well rounded but still have a good ‘Go To move’.