Gradings and Evaluation
Testing for the next Level
PLEASE NOTE : Evaluation is an optional extra. It is not compulsory for your child to attend Gradings.
At Motion Ninja Academy, members’ ranks are marked by coloured bandanas. Every merit is well earned through focused training, character development and mental strength.
Ranks and levels give students short-term targets to work toward. Aiming for bandana ranks is a metaphor for the many targets a student will aim for throughout life. The idea is not to dwell on the colour of the bandana, after all, it’s merely a strip of cloth. What is important is to develop, improve and have fun. A student who focuses on personal development will move through the ranks with ease.
No rank is time based, but there are minimum time limits that must be met before a student may level up. Factors assessed include ability, attitude, aptitude, attendance at training, effort at training, skill development, fitness level, teamwork, coachability, respect for others and contribution to the class.
Gradings occur when students are ready to move to the next level. Gradings are held toward the middle of each term in a day-camp. Day-camps allow students to show their enthusiasm and for the coach to focus better on the students who wish to make the most out of these intensives.
The MNA Curriculum contains a detailed rubrik for expectations at each rank level.
Students receive coach feedback regularly, but if you need more don’t be afraid to ask.
Ninja Colour Framework
Motion Ninja Academy uses a nine colour rainbow system to mark ranks. Ninjas wear bandanas based on their level.
Eighteenth century philosopher, Goethe, wrote that colours originate from the interplay of light and darkness. Learning to understand the different aspects of ourselves as we interact with the world around. i.e. the interplay of our own internal light and darkness, and how that interplays with the external light and darkness as we encounter life, is a metaphor for Ninja Training. Light/darkness, simple/challenging, focused/distracted, skilled/novice; these are some of the ways ninjas develop over time.
Each colour is representative of an important developmental stage for the Ninja, as he/she learns to balance their own experiences with current capabilities.
The seven colours of the rainbow correspond to the universal pattern of perfection, where each level of ability and awareness naturally merges into the next. The rainbow is an emblem of changing, developing human consciousness.
When we bookend the rainbow framework with white and black, the colours total nine, the number of completion.