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Title: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 January, 2012, 07:38:18
A new year, and a new grading system. The BKA is now issuing Kyu, Pre-Dan and Dan certificates to anyone who can pass an exam (http://kendama.co.uk/exam.html). The first examinations will be held in Bristol at BoB juggling convention (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,285.0.html) on 21st January, with more held at the NRC (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,187.0.html) if time allows. Forum members who pass an exam will be listed on the players register (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html), and also have their rank added to their forum profile.
(http://kendama.co.uk/images/BKA-Dan-cert-sample-web.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: John on 08 January, 2012, 08:04:11
This is rather boss! And similar to any exam I've ever done, will involve loads of people crammed into a huge sports hall with only determination and a pen (of course, in this case it will be determination and a ken - the parallels are uncanny.)
Nice thought chaps, and here's hoping one day I can get a certificate through remotely sending you a video, the chances of me making any juggling conventions in the near future are about as likely as me ever landing stilt-flips...
John.

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: HansNickmans on 08 January, 2012, 08:49:30
This is great!! I'm hoping to make it to a convention to try out for first dan!

So what's next: BKA approved seals on european made kendamas?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KendAlex on 08 January, 2012, 08:59:02
Good job, now european people can get there Dan exams too, according the JKA trick list.
(if they are member ofcourse)

is it possible to get a BKA grading at the BKO in April?

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 January, 2012, 09:21:45
Taking the exams is not limited to forum members, only being listed on the register is limited.

And yes there will be exams at the BJC, although comp day may be a little tight, but we'll try to squeeze in the people who are only there for the day.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mark on 08 January, 2012, 09:37:33
Ive done the beginner one (Kyu?) ages ago. Does that count or should i do it again?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 January, 2012, 09:42:08
Ive done the beginner one (Kyu?) ages ago. Does that count or should i do it again?
BKA did some kyu gradings as a one-off at BKO 2010. Unfortunately we didn't keep a full record of who got what.
So yes, those count. Dig out your certificate and let us know what grade you got, and we'll update your record.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mark on 08 January, 2012, 09:50:31
Cant find the certificate right now, but im pretty certain i got the highest kyu level. I remember it being alot easier than i thought it would be. :P
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: GbH on 08 January, 2012, 10:07:35
<-------   Ooooh, official grading on forum posts!  I hadn't foreseen that.  Cool.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Peter on 08 January, 2012, 11:18:26
Not too bad, respect. Yet, well, do I have to travel to the UK for that, or are you folks joining us abroad in other Countries? What are your plannings to "export" this certification to other countries, let's say with "certified judges", or "send in videos for approval" or how are you going to spread this in other countries?? 

Would have appreciated a more European approach (oh, I am always complaining, god damn it, Peter, what has happend, to you New Year's resolution?)... anyhow, great step forward. :-)


 
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: orinoco on 08 January, 2012, 11:45:29
Coo!

Is there any difference between JKA & BKA certificates (does the JKA acknowledge BKA rankings)?

edit: missing my 1st Kyu (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html) on my posts!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mark on 08 January, 2012, 11:56:37
Not too bad, respect. Yet, well, do I have to travel to the UK for that, or are you folks joining us abroad in other Countries? What are your plannings to "export" this certification to other countries, let's say with "certified judges", or "send in videos for approval" or how are you going to spread this in other countries?? 

Would have appreciated a more European approach (oh, I am always complaining, god damn it, Peter, what has happend, to you New Year's resolution?)... anyhow, great step forward. :-)
Skype could be used?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: kendamajohnny on 08 January, 2012, 15:45:54
will we be able to do the dans at BKO?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 January, 2012, 17:32:11
@Peter: To start with, Void is the only examiner, but yes, we plan to expand, and yes, beyond the UK shores too. Patience, please.

Video exams are not allowed.

@johnny:
And yes there will be exams at the BJC, although comp day may be a little tight, but we'll try to squeeze in the people who are only there for the day.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 January, 2012, 17:38:11
Is there any difference between JKA & BKA certificates (does the JKA acknowledge BKA rankings)?

edit: missing my 1st Kyu (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html) on my posts!
The exam is the same, the certificates are different. BKA acknowledges JKA certificates. JKA does not (yet??) acknowledge BKA certificates.

Added your kyu status to your profile, sorry for missing you out.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mirek on 08 January, 2012, 19:24:26
I got 1st Kyu as well.
(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/185408_1904303609768_1307071569_31636785_6295562_n.jpg)

And I am quite currious how will you deal with my name  ;)

Btw. you should make it European from the beggining and for free.
Btw2. did you read last version of JKA Kendama skill levels and examination? According to this rules you must have dan 1 and 2 before you try 3rd dan.

Explanation:

    Must qualify at each dan level before eligible to take examination for the next higher dan rank
    Minimum time in rank before competing for next higher dan rank:
        § 1 dan through 5 dan – at least one month
        § 6 dan and above – at least one year

Check it out http://www.kendama.or.jp/english#toc-5-example-of-competition-rules (http://www.kendama.or.jp/english#toc-5-example-of-competition-rules)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 January, 2012, 19:40:27
Yes we have read the JKA page. The BKA follows this system.
We also follow the example of the JKA exams. For example, you can go from 1st Kyu to 3rd Dan in one exam, but in doing so you would have to do all the Pre-Dan, 1st Dan, 2nd Dan and 3rd Dan tricks along the way.
Subsequent exams will require the same time lapse before being taken.

We will try to get your name right... :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mirek on 08 January, 2012, 19:44:46
Cool, thanks for progress.  8)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Thorny on 09 January, 2012, 01:31:00
Ahh this is really cool! I'm totally gonna go for the BKA Certified 1st Dan at the NRC! :D
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 09 January, 2012, 14:48:39
I got 1st Kyu as well.
And I am quite currious how will you deal with my name  ;)
Will "correctly"[1] do? :)
And how many Moshi kames did you get?
 1. Assuming that "Šiřina" shows up correctly in all browsers....
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mirek on 11 January, 2012, 08:16:22
I got 1st Kyu as well.
And I am quite currious how will you deal with my name  ;)
Will "correctly"[1] do? :)
And how many Moshi kames did you get?
 1. Assuming that "Šiřina" shows up correctly in all browsers....

I did 50 Moshi kames then I was stopped, I guess.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 11 January, 2012, 15:16:33
Okay, just thought it might have been in the 50-100 range, as some people got Pre-Dan that day.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 11 January, 2012, 15:45:35
More exam dates:
Jan 21st BoB convention : forum thread (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,285.0.html) - more info (http://www.jugglingdb.com/events/index.php?id=7987)
[Jan 28th before & after NRC - limited time] : forum thread (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,187.0.html) - more info (http://www.jugglingdb.com/events/index.php?id=7961)
Feb 11th Ballring convention : forum thread (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,298.0.html) - more info (http://www.jugglingdb.com/events/index.php?id=7967)
Feb 25th Upchuck convention : forum thread (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,299.0.html) - more info (http://www.jugglingdb.com/events/index.php?id=7969)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 11 January, 2012, 16:37:06
Btw. you should make it ... free.
Do you sell your kendamas for free? We'd love to know where you get your photocopying done for free. And where you buy your printer ink and high-grade paper for free. :)

The fees we charge are pretty small really, and unsuccessful entrants at the higher grades get a refund. Imagine this: someone takes a Dan exam, but fails on the very last trick. They get a refund, so they've only paid £2, but the exam could have taken half an hour! How much is your time worth?

Also, if something is free it can be perceived to have no "worth".  These are serious exams, and the award of a certificate is meant to be a meaningful recognition of effort. Someone who really wants to do well at these gradings has to put in a lot of time and effort into their skills and practice. To such a person the fee is of little consequence - the achievement of a Dan certificate is a great feeling.

On your blog you wrote that the JKA gradings are free. Actually the JKA do normally charge for gradings, but our friends at Munich were kind enough to waive this charge for us, since we (as European-based players) would not also be getting the other benefits of JKA membership. This BKA initiative was created so that players will have more than just one chance a year to acheive a grading.

Also, endeavours that take time, planning and outlay are rarely free. The gradings are designed to bring an extra factor into the kendama scene - hopefully one that players will want to strive to achieve. Ultimately we hope it will help to build the scene even more. Which should mean that you will sell more kendamas! :)

Btw. you should make it European from the beggining.
Well of course we want this to go across Europe. Very glad to hear in your blog that you want to work "hard to be the first to implement them." Watch this space!

Hopefully this post does not come across as defensive - we're just trying to explain the thought processes, and hopefully make things clearer (and more exciting?!) to everyone.

Click click!!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Thorny on 11 January, 2012, 19:11:49
Is £2 the actual price? Because for me, I agree with what you're saying... I'd happily pay a small fee for the chance of achieving something like this and will be attempting (and hopefully succeeding) the 1st Dan exam at the NRC.

Can you explain in a little more detail when the exams will be held in York to me, please?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mark on 11 January, 2012, 20:16:15
Is £2 the actual price? Because for me, I agree with what you're saying... I'd happily pay a small fee for the chance of achieving something like this and will be attempting (and hopefully succeeding) the 1st Dan exam at the NRC.

Can you explain in a little more detail when the exams will be held in York to me, please?
£10 for a dan exam. £2 is the minimum you would pay if you failed on last trick, and also for the Kyu exams. £5 is pre dan.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 11 January, 2012, 21:30:10
You pay £10 for a Dan exam, £5 for Pre-Dan, or £2 for a Kyu. If you are taking a Pre-Dan or Dan exam, and you fail to improve, you get £3 or £8 back from your fee.

The NRC is slotted for 1-4, so I'm reserving 12-1 for lunch and a bit of relaxing, then setting up. Depending on what time I get there in the morning, I should hopefully be able to slot in a couple of exams before 12. Then a couple of hours after the NRC, but before dinner & the evening show. I will try to prioritise exam slots for those based further North, who are unlikely to be able to make it to Bristol/Bath/Birmingham.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Mirek on 12 January, 2012, 15:30:50
Btw. you should make it ... free.
Do you sell your kendamas for free? We'd love to know where you get your photocopying done for free. And where you buy your printer ink and high-grade paper for free. :)

The fees we charge are pretty small really, and unsuccessful entrants at the higher grades get a refund. Imagine this: someone takes a Dan exam, but fails on the very last trick. They get a refund, so they've only paid £2, but the exam could have taken half an hour! How much is your time worth?

Also, if something is free it can be perceived to have no "worth".  These are serious exams, and the award of a certificate is meant to be a meaningful recognition of effort. Someone who really wants to do well at these gradings has to put in a lot of time and effort into their skills and practice. To such a person the fee is of little consequence - the achievement of a Dan certificate is a great feeling.

On your blog you wrote that the JKA gradings are free. Actually the JKA do normally charge for gradings, but our friends at Munich were kind enough to wave this charge for us, since we (as European-based players) would not also be getting the other benefits of JKA membership. This BKA initiative was created so that players will have more than just one chance a year to acheive a grading.

Also, endeavours that take time, planning and outlay are rarely free. The gradings are designed to bring an extra factor into the kendama scene - hopefully one that players will want to strive to achieve. Ultimately we hope it will help to build the scene even more. Which should mean that you will sell more kendamas! :)

Btw. you should make it European from the beggining.
Well of course we want this to go across Europe. Very glad to hear in your blog that you want to work "hard to be the first to implement them." Watch this space!

Hopefully this post does not come across as defensive - we're just trying to explain the thought processes, and hopefully make things clearer (and more exciting?!) to everyone.

Click click!!

I use mom's printer and steel paper from work. :D
Time is the most expensive part for me. But I could do it one day a month for free.

I earn approximately £3,3 per hour at my regular work.

But now I get your processes, thanks.
 
 
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 21 January, 2012, 21:54:06
Congrats to John & Rich who both took the opportunity today get their official grades. Both got to 3rd Kyu on their first attempt at an exam.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l1.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l2.jpg)

To the procrastinators.... keep practising for your next opportunity!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 23 January, 2012, 22:07:51
Now this is really cool. I try hard to get the tricks for the levels clean and hardly can't wait for the first event where I can have an exam.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 28 January, 2012, 22:22:57
Congratulations to Sam B. for getting his Pre-Dan certificate today!
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l4.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 26 February, 2012, 14:42:10
Congrats to Daryll for jumping straight up to 4th Kyu yesterday.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l3.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 13 March, 2012, 17:43:40
We were asked some questions offline, but we'll answer them publicly here for everyone's info:

Q: So, you don't have to do moshi kame for 5th & 6th Dan?
A: That's correct.

Q: Do you have to do the 4th Dan before you can enter the 5th?
A: You can 'jump' grades in one exam (if you achieve all the relevant tricks along the way), but only to a maximum of 4th Dan. So you have to get to 4th Dan and then wait to take another exam.

Q: When can I take my next exam?
A: You have to wait a minimum time between exams. How long exactly depends on the grade you are going for:
Kyu 10-6: 1 day
Kyu 5-1: 1 week
Pre-dan - 5th Dan: 1 month
6th Dan: 1 year
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KendAlex on 13 March, 2012, 17:54:50
oke, thanks.

just for example, i have the first Dan, and i want to do the 4th dan, then i first have to do the 1000 moshikames?
and after that i do all the tricks that belong to the 4th Dan.
after that i have to do the Speedtrick B in 60 seconds for the final to pass.

then i have to wait one month to enter the 5th Dan (if it is possible), and then i don't have to do the moshikames 1000 times but only the tricks in the ladder and the speedtrick B in 45 seconds?



Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 13 March, 2012, 20:14:26
Yes, exactly.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 25 March, 2012, 21:24:14
Congratulations to Matt who improved his grade today to 1st Dan: the first person to get a Dan grading under the BKA system.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l5.jpg)

Matt has also become an official BKA examiner (to Pre-Dan), as has Sam B (to 1st Kyu).
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: PAshaRome on 25 March, 2012, 22:05:14
Congratulations to Matt ...

Congrats!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 April, 2012, 20:35:42
Congratulations to Chris, who moves straight up to 2nd Kyu in his first exam, and to Donald and Natx, who both hit Pre-Dan level on Thursday.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l8.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l7.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l6.jpg)

Moshi Kame is HARD!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: SamB on 16 April, 2012, 16:40:29
I've now seen these gradings done by a few different and very highly skilled players on 3 occasions and attempted it twice myself now and would like to offer 1 tip.
If you are going to attempt any grading (BKA or JKA) it is all well and good practicing the trick list but...

PRACTICE MOSHI KAME!!!!!


It is by far the hardest part of any grading and it is completely different doing it with someone watching and knowing you have only one attempt to do a certain number whilst worrying that you're doing it fast enough than doing it in your own home with unlimited attempts and no specific target. Plus it can be over brutally fast (one rimshot at 196 ball flies off subconsciously caught by my left hand while the rest of my brain stops in disbelief that I was so close to a dan grade).

This one reason is why a huge amount of respect should be given to anyone with any of these grades because, to be honest, it is really flipping hard!!!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 19 April, 2012, 14:11:27
PRACTICE MOSHI KAME!!!!![/size]
It is by far the hardest part of any grading...
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Me too.
What he said.
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 19 April, 2012, 14:38:07
Donald Grant has become our North-of-the-border Examiner, for Kyu grades.

Current examiners and locations are:
Void (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2), (->4th Dan), Bristol
Matt (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=14), (-> Pre-Dan), Bedford
Sam (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=67), (-> 1st Kyu), W. London
Donald (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=7), (-> 1st Kyu), Fife

Next scheduled grading opportunity: Lestival (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,437.0.html). Although if you are local to one of the examiners, send them a PM via the forum, and perhaps they will be able to meet up with you.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: ChrisD on 23 April, 2012, 22:20:27
Thanks for the encouragement and the exam at BJC, Void.  All in all I'm pretty pleased to have 2nd Kyu to show for a few months practice.  Perhaps on a good day I might have reached 1st, but then on a bad I'd have fallen short of 2nd.  As Sam said, it's harder in an exam than in your own home.  After being brought down to earth in the Kendama comp it was good to finish with this!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: ChrisD on 24 April, 2012, 14:51:28
Could someone help with the following queries please?

For 1st Kyu, does Moshi Kame need to be at 135 bpm (or indeed at any particular speed)?  What about pre-dan? 

Looking ahead, you understand - I have no illusions about passing pre-dan just yet!

Thanks,
Chris
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 24 April, 2012, 15:22:29
For Pre-dan and above, it certainly does need to be at that speed (at least). For Kyu grades, in theory it should, but since it is only a "beginner" grade, we (and the JKA too, I believe) are more lenient. As long as a constant pace[1] is kept, say at about 60+ bpm, then that's okay.
 1. more or less
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Thorny on 13 May, 2012, 19:09:22
First off: All the information I'm referencing, if from the JKA Advanced Skill Level Table on www.kendama.co.uk (http://www.kendama.co.uk) :)

Let's take 3rd Dan for example (the one I regularly attempt...)

For 1st and 2nd Dan you have to do Around The World and Lighthouse 4 and 5 times (respectively for 1st and 2nd Dan) but for 3rd, these boxes are left blank. This mean you begin with landing Slip-On-Stick 5 times out of 10, correct?

I was unsure whether or not you perform these tricks as they aren't listed in the table (but I presumed you don't).

I was also wondering, for 4th Dan you have 1 attempt to perform at least 1000 Moshikame - for 5th and 6th Dan the Moshikame section of the table has no information. Does this mean you have to again, only perform at least 1000 Moshikame to proceed? I never questioned this, as I've only ever reached in excess of 1000 Moshi's once!
I did self-certify myself as 4th Dan afterwards as well.... but I got lucky on the Moshi's. I'd say I'm 3rd Dan!

Some enlightening on these questions would be great! Thanks people!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 13 May, 2012, 19:18:18
Those tables show what you have to do for each grade, on the assumption that you have already qualified the previous level. If you have not done a grading before, you must start at 10th Kyu, and do ALL the required tricks for each grade, working your way upwards. So for example, the 5th and 6th Dan grades do not mention Moshi, because you (theoretically) already did the 1000 for 4th Dan. You don't have to repeat any trick that is a blank, because it is assumed that you have already reached the required standard of that trick on a previous grade.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Thorny on 13 May, 2012, 19:23:51
I see.

So, in Poland if I wanted to become certified of a Dan ranking (taking into account I've never been certified) I'd have to do all of the Kyu rankings in one, or separate exams(?) and then attempt a Dan ranking?

Am I correct in thinking that?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 13 May, 2012, 20:08:44
You'll do one exam. It will start with a moshi run, and that will show us your possible maximum grade. (e.g. If you got 346, that would mean a maximum possible grading of 2nd Dan.) You would then start making your way through the Kyu compulsory tricks, starting right from Big Cup. If you succeed with all of those, you try all the Pre-Dan tricks, and if you get all of those, you start on the Dan tricks. If you then (for example) got 3 Earth Turns out of 10, that would mean you could not get 2nd Dan (because that requires 4), but you would continue trying to get 1st Dan. If you then got as far as Jumping Stick, but failed to get 1 out of 10, you would then be awarded Pre-Dan. But if you got that 1 JS, you'd be 1st Dan.
Then you have to wait a set period before taking another exam:
Q: When can I take my next exam?
A: You have to wait a minimum time between exams. How long exactly depends on the grade you are going for:
Kyu 10-6: 1 day
Kyu 5-1: 1 week
Pre-dan - 5th Dan: 1 month
6th Dan: 1 year
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 14 May, 2012, 18:50:03
So, in Poland if I....
Wait.... You're coming to Poland?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 07 June, 2012, 16:52:06
Congratulations to Ian F and Orin , who both improved their gradings at Bungay Balls Up.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l9.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l10.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 16 June, 2012, 21:16:42
Congratulations to Mr Jumpshoe, who gained Pre-Dan status today, and also joins the list of BKA Kyu Examiners.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l11.jpg)

Current examiners and locations are:
Void (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2), (->4th Dan), Bristol
Matt (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=14), (-> Pre-Dan), Bedford
Sam (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=67), (-> 1st Kyu), W. London
Donald (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=7), (-> 1st Kyu), Fife
MisterJumpshoe (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=13), (-> 1st Kyu), peripatetic/Crete
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 22 July, 2012, 12:19:11
http://www.kendama.co.uk/dan.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/dan.html) has been updated for Rod, Nic and Alex. (Alex, Rod, how many Moshi Kames did you get?)

Colin, Jeffrey, Eric and Brett, if you want to be on there, just join the forum! :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 30 July, 2012, 15:07:06
Many congratulations to those passing JKA gradings in Lublin today:

Kristin 2nd Kyu
Alex S 1st Kyu
Lars 1st Kyu
Thorkild 1 st Kyu
Mathias 1st Kyu
Raul 1st Kyu
Void 4th Dan

Photos are on our Twitter feed
<----- over there
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 30 July, 2012, 17:12:01
After 5 pm CET is a new day in Japan....

So your applause please for
Kristin 1st Kyu
Alex S 3rd Dan
Thorkild 4th Dan
Mathias 4th Dan!

Pictures on Twitter!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 31 July, 2012, 10:11:56
I'm pretty chuffed, I have to say. My hand was shaking a bit at times, but the Birds didn't want to fall off their perches. I'm allowed to try for 5th Dan later today, but even though I already have the Moshi Kame and STB under my belt, I still think the compulsories are just a bit beyond me (when under pressure) at the moment.

But I'm happy with 4th. (For now! :-) )

I'm really impressed with Thorkild and Mathias' skills. It's one thing to see someone on video, but these guys are monsters in the flesh, and both thoroughly deserve their 4th Dans. Well done guys!

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 31 July, 2012, 21:14:59
Thomas, Daniela and Eelco, 1st Kyu!
SamB 3rd Dan!

Go!
Twit for Pics!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 02 August, 2012, 11:29:17
VOID IS 5TH DAN!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 02 August, 2012, 14:44:26
Congrats. And I'm pre-dan as well :-)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 03 August, 2012, 10:14:00
The gradings are spreading. New examiners added to the list:

Void, (->5th Dan), Bristol
Matt, (-> 1st Dan), Bedford
Sam, (-> 3rd Dan), W. London
Donald, (-> 1st Kyu), Fife
MisterJumpshoe, (-> 1st Kyu), peripatetic/Crete
Alex Ruisch (-> 3rd Dan), Amersfort
Jeffrey van Reeven (->3rd Dan), Rotterdam
Daniela von Rohr (-> 1st Kyu), Switzerland
Thomas Holzer (-> Pre-Dan), Switzerland
Nicolas Schopfer (-> 4th Dan), Switzerland

Welcome, guys, and thanks for helping to spread kendama dedication to more countries! More names to come soon.....
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 04 August, 2012, 00:17:02
The gradings are spreading. New examiners added to the list:

... List deleted ...

Welcome, guys, and thanks for helping to spread kendama dedication to more countries! More names to come soon.....

What does it need to be an examiner? How can you become one?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 August, 2012, 11:20:45
What does it need to be an examiner? How can you become one?
Examiners can issue BKA gradings. PM sent.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 August, 2012, 15:48:50
The gradings are spreading. New examiners added to the list:

Void, (->5th Dan), Bristol
Matt, (-> 1st Dan), Bedford
Sam, (-> 3rd Kyu), W. London
Donald, (-> 1st Kyu), Fife
MisterJumpshoe, (-> 1st Kyu), peripatetic/Crete
Alex Ruisch (-> 3rd Dan), Amersfort
Jeffrey van Reeven (->3rd Dan), Rotterdam
Daniela von Rohr (-> 1st Kyu), Switzerland
Thomas Holzer (-> Pre-Dan), Switzerland
Nicolas Schopfer (-> 4th Dan), Switzerland
Welcome, guys, and thanks for helping to spread kendama dedication to more countries! More names to come soon.....
Mirek Širina (-> 1st Dan), Czech Republic
Thorkild May (-> 4th Dan), Denmark
Mathias Steen Rasmussen (-> 4th Dan), Denmark

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 06 August, 2012, 18:23:16
Mass upgrade of Kyu (http://www.kendama.co.uk/kyu.html), Pre-Dan (http://www.kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) and Dan (http://www.kendama.co.uk/dan.html) tables completed[1]. Congratulations to all newly-graded players.
 1. Some Moshi Kame counts and STB times missing - please send those in if you have them.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: AlexSmith on 06 August, 2012, 22:32:29
Psst.. I'm now a certified examiner (I think the only one in N America?)
So, if anyone reading this is interested, and in N America, and attending an event I'll be attending, then let me know you're interested!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 06 August, 2012, 22:40:30
Psst.. I'm now a certified [BKA] examiner
Errr, yes, but we only announced examiners who are in possession of the paperwork, and therefore currently able to actually carry out an exam. I'm sure we'll get that sorted out soon though! (Same goes for Raul). But good to have you aboard!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: AlexSmith on 06 August, 2012, 22:52:18
Ah, yes that makes sense. Once I'm back home I'll be in touch!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 17 August, 2012, 15:33:25
Update.
The gradings are spreading. New examiners added to the list:

Void, (->5th Dan), Bristol
Matt, (-> 1st Dan), Bedford
Sam, (-> 3rd Kyu), W. London
Donald, (-> Pre-Dan), Fife
MisterJumpshoe, (-> Pre-Dan), peripatetic/Crete
Alex Ruisch (-> 3rd Dan), Amersfort
Jeffrey van Reeven (->3rd Dan), Rotterdam
Daniela von Rohr (-> 1st Kyu), Switzerland
Thomas Holzer (-> Pre-Dan), Switzerland
Nicolas Schopfer (-> 4th Dan), Switzerland
Mirek Širina (-> 1st Dan), Czech Republic
Thorkild May (-> 4th Dan), Denmark
Mathias Steen Rasmussen (-> 4th Dan), Denmark
Raul Portales (-> Pre-Dan), Netherlands
Welcome, guys, and thanks for helping to spread kendama dedication to more countries!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Polish_Matt on 19 August, 2012, 20:49:29
Does the beginner start from 1 or 10? and how many tries do you have and what do you need to do to pass the first level? Sorry for all the questions I'm just new to Kendama and I don't get the table :/
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 19 August, 2012, 21:37:27
10 is the lowest Kyu grade.
You have 10 attempts for each trick, and for 10th Kyu, all you need is 1 Big Cup out of 10 tries.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Polish_Matt on 19 August, 2012, 21:47:03
Sounds fair to me! I could probably get to 1kyu I have been practicing everyday! (For seven days now) Is there any age limit? Oh yeah and thanks for a quick reply!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 19 August, 2012, 21:56:08
No age limit. You're welcome.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Polish_Matt on 19 August, 2012, 22:32:10
Where would I have to travel to take an exam? (I am from Scotland, Dunfermline)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 20 August, 2012, 06:50:42
Sounds fair to me! I could probably get to 1kyu I have been practicing everyday! (For seven days now) Is there any age limit? Oh yeah and thanks for a quick reply!

Seven days to get to 1st Kyu from scratch ... I'm doing something so completely wrong ...  or Polish_Matt didn't start playing at all only seven days ago.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 20 August, 2012, 08:05:19
I think I was Kyu 4 after my first week, maybe 3. Definitely not 1. Never tested it thou.

Some people are naturals :-) they are lucky.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 20 August, 2012, 11:51:24
Where would I have to travel to take an exam? (I am from Scotland, Dunfermline)
Donald Grant (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=7) is your nearest examiner. Send him a message on the forum, to see if/when he's available.

@Lars @shalafi : Where someone thinks they can get to, and where they can get to aren't always the same. Who knows....
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 20 August, 2012, 11:59:13
@Lars @shalafi : Where someone thinks they can get to, and where they can get to aren't always the same. Who knows....
But you usually don't miss for more than a level, I mean, after doing some self checks.
Anyway, sometimes you are over motivated and focused on an exam and overperform your normal and sometimes you get extra nervous. I can't complain myself, almost made it through 1st dan.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 05 September, 2012, 17:03:34
Today I got a letter that contained 10 nice BKY Kyu certificates, an exam sheet and a card, welcoming me to BKA officialdom

That means I'm now an official BKA examiner (up to 1st Kyu, and the first in Germany) - Hooray - let the people come ...
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 September, 2012, 17:46:55
Updated examiner list:
Quote
Void, (->5th Dan), Bristol
Matt, (-> 1st Dan), Bedford
Sam, (-> 3rd Kyu), W. London
Donald, (-> Pre-Dan), Fife
MisterJumpshoe, (-> Pre-Dan), peripatetic/Crete
Alex Ruisch (-> 3rd Dan), Amersfort
Jeffrey van Reeven (->3rd Dan), Rotterdam
Daniela von Rohr (-> 1st Kyu), Switzerland
Thomas Holzer (-> Pre-Dan), Switzerland
Nicolas Schopfer (-> 4th Dan), Switzerland
Mirek Širina (-> 1st Dan), Czech Republic
Thorkild May (-> 4th Dan), Denmark
Mathias Steen Rasmussen (-> 4th Dan), Denmark
Raul Portales (-> Pre-Dan), Netherlands
Lars Burgstahler (-> 1st Kyu), Germany

Welcome, Lars!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: TheKendamaSensation on 09 September, 2012, 19:37:41
I truly wish I was living nearer to where the event is taking place. Because of where I live, (Georgia, US) it wouldn't really be worth it to drive all the way over there. There's not really anywhere around Atlanta to get a Kendama License. Other than the DamaFest, there aren't really any conventions over here, so I just play with a few friends. So I guess I can't really go. I can't wait to read what people say about it on the forums though! Good luck if you're going!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 09 September, 2012, 21:56:15
I'm not sure which event you're referring to, but you can always self-certify yourself.

And we hear the scene in Georgia is pretty big, so you must have quite a few friends to click with, which is always the best thing.

And welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: TheKendamaSensation on 14 September, 2012, 22:21:26
Thank you! I have self certified myself (pre-dan.) The event I was talking about was the DamaFest (hosted by Kendama USA.)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 25 September, 2012, 16:53:03
Congratulations to Ian F and Ian H, who have increased their grades today to 3rd Kyu and 1st Kyu, respectively.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l13.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l14.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 25 September, 2012, 18:36:27
And to Petra S, who got 5th Kyu on her first grading.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 08 October, 2012, 12:49:22
Congrats to Jesus. A soon to be forum member who got KYU 3 this weekend.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A4rqjuPCcAEVjmJ.jpg)
http://pic.twitter.com/9dQjSUTL (http://pic.twitter.com/9dQjSUTL)

Nerves played against him. I'm sure he'll promote in Toulouse.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 28 October, 2012, 21:38:26
Congratulations to Wiktor (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=221), who jumped up from JKA Pre-Dan to BKA 1st Dan today.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l15.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 December, 2012, 17:26:08
Good work, Emil!
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l16.jpg)
It's nice to be able to hand out the yellow ones. Click on, people!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 07 December, 2012, 13:06:28
Congratulations to new addict Ryan. Under Mr Jumpshoe's tutelage, he's got up to 4th Kyu at the first go.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l17.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 January, 2013, 21:30:49
Oof! Major hard luck to SonicPearse who missed getting Pre-Dan today by a single beat per minute. :-(
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Sonicpearse on 16 January, 2013, 10:06:27
 Arrrggghhhh! Attempted pre-advanced last night - managed to get through all the tricks, did the 100 Moshe karmi only to find I was doing 134bpm not 135bpm - so consequently failed! My examiner - Void - was firm but fair in failing me - damn it! Have to wait till next month now...
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 16 January, 2013, 16:13:26
That was really tough luck, mate! Sorry to have to fail you, but rules is rules!  :-\ At least you now know that's it's definitely in your range!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 27 January, 2013, 16:48:50
Congratulations to Matt N and Ian F, who both took their opportunity to increase their gradings at the NRC.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l18.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l19.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 March, 2013, 19:16:55
Congratulations to Yannick and Sepp who hit their 1st Kyus yesterday.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200255174634401&set=a.3901401965878.2155647.1004065273 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200255174634401&set=a.3901401965878.2155647.1004065273)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 18 March, 2013, 19:32:21
Congratulations to Yannick and Sepp who hit their 1st Kyus yesterday.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200255174634401&set=a.3901401965878.2155647.1004065273 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200255174634401&set=a.3901401965878.2155647.1004065273)

Is it just me, or is the link broken? But anyway, congratulations to both of you.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 March, 2013, 19:37:43
Probably a facebook visibility thing. We'll fix it later....

[Edit]...there we go!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 19 March, 2013, 12:35:22
Sepp, welcome to the forum!
You and Yannick have now both been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html) , and your grading added to your forum profile.
Click!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Seppi on 19 March, 2013, 20:24:09
Hey...
it's cool to be on this list... Thanks  ;D
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 April, 2013, 15:17:25
Congratulations to Kev who steps onto the ladder at the 3rd Kyu rung, on his first attempt. Well done Kev!
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l20.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kev on 15 April, 2013, 19:09:57
Ah! Thanks very much - it was fun!  :)

I'd hoped to get to Kyu 2 or possibly 1 but unfortunately didn't quite make it on the day.

The Void was a friendly and fair examiner who pointed out I'd made a slight grip change during Around the World - this meant I needed to land it with a new technique (without the grip change) 'on the fly' as it were! So close a couple of times but not close enough this time!

I really recommend to anyone that they give a grading a go, it's fun to see what you can do when under a bit of pressure and very motivating to your kendama play.

Speaking of which, I've been practicing my improved Around the World and my Moshi Kame this week which meant today I self certified to Kyu 1! Yay :) - just gotta prove it at the next grading ;) (Can't wait :) )

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 26 April, 2013, 12:16:18
Hard luck to Mr Jumpshoe who was killed by the dreaded Moshi Kame today when attempting to put a foot on the Dan ladder.

MOSHI KAME IS HARD! PRACTICE MOSHI KAME!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 28 April, 2013, 21:17:21
Congratulations to all those who got a grading today. Some very impressive first attempts!
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l21.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l22.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l23.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l24.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l25.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l26.jpg)
Forum members have already had the Special Titles updated, and will be added to the register at http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html) this week.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 14 May, 2013, 21:38:35
Well done to [user]Sonicpearse[/user] who cut things pretty fine, but tonight managed to conquer the Moshi Kame and the compulsories and step up to Pre-Dan level. Well done, sir!
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l27.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 03 June, 2013, 18:52:31
Congratulations to Mr  Jumpshoe who got his 1st Dan today!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 June, 2013, 15:07:46
Pics of all recent grades. Well done to all.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l28.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l29.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l35.jpg)

[user]KrisWhyte[/user]
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l30.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l31.jpg)

[user]condama[/user]
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l32.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l33.jpg)

[user]MisterJumpshoe[/user]
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l34.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: donald grant on 18 June, 2013, 22:03:49
Couple of new gradings from Dundee this weekend:

Duncan Smith upped his game to hit 4th Kyu.

Avril Smart is hot on his heels at 5th Kyu.

I have a feeling this ain't over yet.....:)  Congratulations to them both!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 19 June, 2013, 21:00:31
I'm very happy to announce the result of my first examination. Luca Lohr has passed his 1st Kyu exam yesterday. Congratulations to him.
[user]luckluc[/user]
(http://www.rainless.de/kendama/pix/Luca1stKyu.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 19 June, 2013, 22:02:08
Well done Duncan, Avril and Luca!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 02 July, 2013, 12:05:27
Congratulations to Donald Grant, who, wearing his post-Glastonbury tan and bedraggled knees, stepped up on to the Dan ladder today. "Long Overdue" indeed!  ;)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l37.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: donald grant on 05 July, 2013, 14:07:49
Ha ha, just seen the photo; look at my tiny little post-Glastonbury eyes :) !  Thanks to the Void for performing what was as much an autopsy as an exam on me. 
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 July, 2013, 15:31:45
Congratulations to the non-Japanese players who got themselves graded whilst in Japan recently.

Quoting from Kitajima-san on FB (https://www.facebook.com/kitajima.yasuhiko?hc_location=stream):
Quote
Nine people in total took an Dan examination.
(America 5、Canada 2, Netherlands 1, Denmark 1, Mongolia 0 )

4Dan(四段) :
Matthew Ballard (USA) {●1,000、51s}

3Dan(参段):
Alex Smith (Canada){686、●50s}

2Dan(弐段):
Matt Decoteau (USA){300},
Keith Matsumura (USA){●1,000、●41s},
Rodney Ansell (Canada){●468、●72s}

1Dan(初段):
Trevor Starnes (USA){200}

● In the case of a next promotion Dan examination, it is available as a prior registration record

Pre-Dan(準初段):
Arthur Graaf (Netherlands),
Philip Eldrige (Denmark)

1kyu(一級):
Kyle Leibow (USA)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 July, 2013, 15:49:59
Forum members have had their member profiles adjusted with their new grades, and been added/moved to
http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) and
http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 August, 2013, 16:11:49
Updated examiner list:
Void, Bristol
Matt, Bedford
Sam, W. London
Donald, Fife
MisterJumpshoe, peripatetic/Crete
Alex Ruisch, Amersfort
Jeffrey van Reeven, Rotterdam
Daniela von Rohr, Switzerland
Thomas Holzer, Switzerland
Nicolas Schopfer, Switzerland
Mirek Širina, Czech Republic
Thorkild May, Denmark
Mathias Steen Rasmussen, Denmark
Philip Eldridge, Denmark
Raul Portales, Netherlands
Lars Burgstahler, Germany
Nabin Shakya, Benicarlo, Spain
Javi Ballester, Benicarlo, Spain
Benjamin Ferrando, Benicarlo, Spain
Welcome and thanks to Philip, Nabin, Javi and Ben.

Many congratulations to all those who recently got a new or improved grading at EJC Toulouse!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 06 August, 2013, 16:54:22
I updated
http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html)
http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) and
http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html)
...for forum members who changed their grade in Toulouse. If you got a grade and want to be on the list... join the forum! :-)

I didn't get a photo of every exam pass, so if I missed you (and I think there are a couple of people who improved that I didn't get), then please PM me. Also, let me know if you can be more specific on your Moshi Kame or STB scores.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 01 September, 2013, 20:26:53
Congrats to Rob, Ash and Will who all got their first gradings today.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l38.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l39.jpg)

Moshi Kame is hard! Practice Moshi Kame! ;)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 03 November, 2013, 16:24:26
Congrats to Tomáš - 2nd Kyu.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1399397_10152070868704673_1183241133_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 26 December, 2013, 16:01:08
[user]Yan Kud[/user] got his (JKA) 4th Dan certified at JKA HQ. Go Yan, now get 5th!
(https://scontent-a-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/q71/s720x720/1479526_713167918702595_107006731_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 31 December, 2013, 14:10:37
BKA exams (http://kendama.co.uk/exam.html) for Pre-Dan and Dan grades have increased in price for 2014.

BUT they have stayed the same for BKA members.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 04 January, 2014, 20:12:02
Nice work, [user]SweetsKendamas[/user], 5th Dan!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 January, 2014, 16:43:53
1st Kyu for Daniel. Well done.


#HarderThanYouThink
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 04 February, 2014, 13:39:46
Got my 4th & 5th Dan officially JKA-certified.
(http://distilleryimage0.ak.instagram.com/fa46174a8d9f11e393e312c304b51fd8_7.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: HansNickmans on 04 February, 2014, 14:30:44
Wow Void, that looks great!
How do you do that? If you have your dan, can you request this?
Good luck on the 6th, that's gonna be a nice certificate collection :-)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 February, 2014, 15:11:42
Hi Hans,
Were you given a green form in Toulouse when you got your Dan? This is an application form for official JKA certification of your exam pass. There is a fee (dependant on your Dan level), plus you have to join the JKA too (another small fee). Since you're asking, it seems likely you didn't get one. Who was your examiner? I'm sure you can still request a form.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 04 February, 2014, 16:53:48
Hi all

Bit of a stupid question really, but regarding the grading table, am i right thinking that the numbers represent how many out of 10 attempts you need to get before you can move to the next trick, the higher number landed the quicker up the table you go?

Also do you have to be a registered BKA member first to be graded?

Thanks
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 February, 2014, 17:07:47
Bit of a stupid question really, but regarding the grading table, am i right thinking that the numbers represent how many out of 10 attempts you need to get before you can move to the next trick,
Yes. As explained on http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html, (http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html,) "For any given grade, you have ten attempts to achieve each trick listed the required number of times."
Quote
the higher number landed the quicker up the table you go?
What? No.
Quote
Also do you have to be a registered BKA member first to be graded?
No, but it makes it cheaper for the higher grades.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: HansNickmans on 04 February, 2014, 21:32:31
My examiner was K.Cima (although I did my moshikames with Tomoya Mukai). I didn't get a green form. But maybe I'll just try and get it next time around, hopefully for my third dan :-)

Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 05 February, 2014, 12:45:05
Bit of a stupid question really, but regarding the grading table, am i right thinking that the numbers represent how many out of 10 attempts you need to get before you can move to the next trick,
Yes. As explained on http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html, (http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html,) "For any given grade, you have ten attempts to achieve each trick listed the required number of times."
Quote
the higher number landed the quicker up the table you go?
What? No.
Quote
Also do you have to be a registered BKA member first to be graded?
No, but it makes it cheaper for the higher grades.

Many thanks
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 22 February, 2014, 23:43:37
Congrats to Sam, who got his first grading today, and to [user]mreasyguy[/user] and [user]Dimensions[/user] who both stepped up to 2nd Dan today. Good work, guys!
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l42.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l41.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l40.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 April, 2014, 15:07:02
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l43.jpg)
Kev stepped up from 3rd Kyu to Pre-Dan today. Nice job!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 23 April, 2014, 20:41:52
Great beginner's workshop today at the 2. Stuttgart Youth Circus Festival (Germany). There were only five participants, but the atmosphere was great. Two were so enthusiastic, that they directly bought their Kendama (SunRise Street).

And four of them took an exam. It was interesting to see how the exam situation stressed the guys. For absolute beginners, they were quite good in the workshop, but once it became serious (and I tried to set a light tone to it), they really got nerves.

Anyway, here are the four new gradees. Congratulations to Gabriele (8th Kyu), Johannes, Maxime, and Victor (6th Kyu).
(http://www.rainless.de/kendama/pix/Gabriele Kühlborn Kyu8 2014-04-23.JPG)
(http://www.rainless.de/kendama/pix/Johannes Alsheimer Kyu6 2014-04-23.JPG)
(http://www.rainless.de/kendama/pix/Maxime Piero Kyu6 2014-04-23.JPG)
(http://www.rainless.de/kendama/pix/Victor Dubois Kyu6 2014-04-23.JPG)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 24 April, 2014, 12:21:27
Well done you four, and nice work, Lars!
It is indeed quite ridiculous just how much pressure a player can suddenly feel when someone says "and now it's exam time". A big plus to all gradees everywhere!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 03 May, 2014, 11:00:22
Bang! Go Kev!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: DamaLife24 on 03 May, 2014, 11:47:16
Congrats on 1st Dan Kev!!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kev on 03 May, 2014, 23:38:52
Thanks guys! Really enjoyed it and what a perfect way to begin the BKO weekend.

Now the playing really starts!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Jak on 05 May, 2014, 09:37:08
Yeah well done Kev! Definitely deserved. Gutted I messed up my moshi kame on my grading. I got the all the other tricks without too much difficulty at all and was aiming for pre-dan. Next time...

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kev on 05 May, 2014, 13:46:23
Thanks[user]Jak[/user] and well done for getting as far as you did.

It's been said before that it's always the Moshi's that get you. I've heard a lot of stories this weekend of really good players falling down on the MKs. Practice Moshi Kame, it's hard!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 May, 2014, 20:43:25
Congrats to all who got a new grading at the BKO this weekend. We didn't get pics of everybody (if you're missing, please post a pic!), but grading records for everyone will be updated shortly.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l44.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l45.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l46.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l47.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 May, 2014, 21:15:31
All forum profiles have been updated.
http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html) , http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) and http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html) have been updated for forum members.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 06 May, 2014, 13:44:49
More gradees pics. Well done everyone!
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l48.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l49.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l50.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l51.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l52.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l53.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l54.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l55.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 11 May, 2014, 15:57:00
Well done Charlie. Not at all bad for someone who's had a kendama for just over a week, and got his first Spike 2 minutes before the grading!
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l56.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 June, 2014, 14:43:27
Go [user]Rafa_kendama28[/user]!
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t1.0-9/10371385_10152524857314432_8382814999071776740_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: DamaLife24 on 08 June, 2014, 15:03:21
We really need to have someone to do grading in the US. Or at least a way to do a live video grading. Saddens me that I'm only able to self grade and not get it official. 
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: jsirois31 on 02 July, 2014, 21:12:21
I agree [user]DamaLife24[/user] . I know the USA Kendama Association does grading, but #1, I dont live in Hawaii and #2, Im not going to pay $80 for their membership (although I'm not a BKA member yet, your prices are insanely cheap :D)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Sqveel on 04 July, 2014, 13:16:19
I love love love that Kendama has proper gradings with lovely certificates. My thrower of a boyfriend is super jealous that he can't get his yo-yo skill levels certified :P

It does confuse me that it can't be done over video, when we live in the age of the internet now. Is it cos of editing? Live video could be a thing, or is the quality in those kind of things just not good enough?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 July, 2014, 13:22:28
Even live, quality and depth perception are not good enough. The human eye is a phenominally good piece of equipment.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 July, 2014, 16:32:00
Congrats to [user]Salvator-vals[/user] who hit 1st Kyu today on his first grading!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 09 July, 2014, 22:13:51
Even live, quality and depth perception are not good enough. The human eye is a phenominally good piece of equipment.
Depth perception is overrated. :-D

I think I'm going to use that as my new signature.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 27 July, 2014, 20:41:13
Congratulations to the guys who got graded at EJC. We will do a photo/listings update some time after EKO.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 August, 2014, 13:22:10
Congratulations to all those who recently gained or increased a grading. Forum profiles and register (http://www.kendama.co.uk/dan.html) have been updated. Please let us know if we missed you, as we don't have records of all the JKA gradings done in Denmark.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l57.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l58.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l59.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l60.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l61.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l62.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l63.jpg)
(http://photos-h.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xpa1/928619_511016065664703_1215411093_n.jpg)
(http://photos-c.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xap1/10387896_565956100176586_1965544694_n.jpg)
(http://photos-d.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xaf1/10584679_1485704478340915_824791283_n.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l64.jpg)
(http://tlmb.net/galleries/EKO2014/mediafiles/l122.jpg)
(http://tlmb.net/galleries/EKO2014/mediafiles/l128.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 12 September, 2014, 21:25:58
Couldn't find a thread about JKA gradings, so I post this here:

Does anybody know whether it's allowed to do the Moshikame part in a JKA grading with a stringless Kendama and to switch to a normal Kendama later? Or are you required to use the same Kendama for all tricks?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 12 September, 2014, 21:27:15
Stringless is fine for Moshi Kame with the JKA.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 October, 2014, 11:41:24
Congrats to [user]Ash[/user], who Moshi'd his way to 1st Kyu yesterday.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l65.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 05 October, 2014, 12:01:38
Congratulations ash.
Makes me wish I did my grading yesterday. But I have plenty of time for that :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 October, 2014, 13:07:48
Yep, take every chance you get! You never know when might be your lucky day.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 05 October, 2014, 14:28:57
I'll definitely take the next t opportunity to take my grading. Any plans for the next bko?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 October, 2014, 14:46:09
Being looked into now. Hopefully an announcement in the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 05 October, 2014, 16:56:41
Awesome. I'll be keeping an eye on the forum :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 25 October, 2014, 16:58:15
Congrats to [user]Jac Products[/user] and Jim, who yesterday both got their first gradings. And no doubt established an inevitably long-running father-son rivalry. First round to Junior.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l66.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l67.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Trace3k on 25 October, 2014, 20:46:39
Congratulations to the both of you!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kev on 26 October, 2014, 09:35:56
Good work fellas! Glad to see your kendama play is kicking off.

:)

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 28 October, 2014, 21:51:15
Sorry, there's no photo, but there will be one after the 1st Kyu exam: Today, [user]KendaMax[/user] passed his exam for 3rd Kyu. He did very well until "Swing in" got the better of him.
I can totally relate to that, because I also had my issues with that trick. It comes too early in the ladder I think ...

Anyway, congratulations to our new grade holder!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 28 October, 2014, 23:28:03
Well done Max! :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 14 November, 2014, 18:26:25
Well done to Samuel on getting his first grading from [user]MisterJumpshoe[/user].
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l68.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 16 November, 2014, 15:29:42
Well done to Sergio (no photo) and [user]Jim Brewis[/user], who this week gained/increased their gradings to 6th and 5th Kyu respectively.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l69.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 23 November, 2014, 13:59:31
We've got two new graduates. I was at Kendama Europe's booth at the Stuttgart Toy/Games Fair today, played, helped out and had two exams:
So congratulations to both of them. Here's finally an image of Kendamax and also one of Christian. Unfortunately I didn't order the Dan certificates in time, so he's without one on the photo.

(http://www.rainless.de/kendama/pix/Karsten-Max Klammer Pre-Dan 2014-11-23.jpg)
(http://www.rainless.de/kendama/pix/Christian Grohmer Dan1 2014-11-23.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 23 November, 2014, 18:00:21
Congrats, guys, great work by both of you!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: the milky oolong on 23 November, 2014, 19:44:58
Sweet, nice one, Gromie!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 24 November, 2014, 13:04:51
Well done to Sergio, who has increased to 5th Kyu.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: the milky oolong on 25 November, 2014, 22:32:33
The Kendama Deutschland group on Facebook seem not to have known about the existence of Dan examinations. Now it seems they're all knuckling down to get the basics nice and sharp. Thanks to Marc W [user]KendamaEurope[/user] for putting the fear of the JKA up their Hinterteile!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 25 November, 2014, 23:52:05
The Kendama Deutschland group on Facebook seem not to have known about the existence of Dan examinations. Now it seems they're all knuckling down to get the basics nice and sharp. Thanks to Marc W [user]KendamaEurope[/user] for putting the fear of the JKA up their Hinterteile!

They should fear the BKA - the Moshikame requirements are much harder (120bpm versus "just go nice and smoothly" at JKA) :)
I'm also a little surprised about the discussions in the Facebook KD group. But I think that many of these players are younger and not so fluent in English. They're absolutely great and skilled players who probably know every video by heart, but do not know much about the organisations behind Kendama.
But it's great that a German Kendama community is starting to grow.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: azleonhart on 04 December, 2014, 06:19:28
They should fear the BKA - the Moshikame requirements are much harder (120bpm versus "just go nice and smoothly" at JKA) :)

I thought the JKA requires 135bpm for Moshikames? According to what i read from the website.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 December, 2014, 08:59:13
They should fear the BKA - the Moshikame requirements are much harder (120bpm versus "just go nice and smoothly" at JKA) :)
I thought the JKA requires 135bpm for Moshikames? According to what i read from the website
Yes, 135bpm minimum. Same for BKA.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 04 December, 2014, 13:39:37
They should fear the BKA - the Moshikame requirements are much harder (120bpm versus "just go nice and smoothly" at JKA) :)
I thought the JKA requires 135bpm for Moshikames? According to what i read from the website
Yes, 135bpm minimum. Same for BKA.
Then the JKA does not enforce this very much. At least not for foreigners ...
And yes, sorry for the 120bpm, I should know better :(
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 04 December, 2014, 14:00:11
It is enforced for 1st Dan on. Kyu-1 does not have the speed requirement, I don't remember how it is for Pre-Dan, but I think it doesn't have the speed requirement either.

For me, they counted MK and also timed it, so yes, they enforced it. Maybe it depends on the examiner.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 10 December, 2014, 15:57:52
A late picture of newly-joined [user]SergSKREAMER[/user]:
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l70.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 01 March, 2015, 17:27:43
Congratulations to Joe, [user]Cand1ez[/user] and [user]BenBenVX[/user], who all shot straight to the top in their first Kyu exam yesterday!
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/LKO2015/mediafiles/l1.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/LKO2015/mediafiles/l2.jpg)
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/LKO2015/mediafiles/l13.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 23 March, 2015, 09:12:16
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CAn44z7WYAAIv9F.png)
I know BKA posted it on Twitter, but not here yet.

Finally stepped out of the Pre-Dan :)

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 23 March, 2015, 10:14:29
Oops, sorry Raul, forgot to post here. Congrats!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: the milky oolong on 23 March, 2015, 12:28:32
Congratulations, shalafi!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 23 March, 2015, 12:54:43
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 23 March, 2015, 19:52:42
Congratulations, one more step successfully passed!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: donald grant on 26 March, 2015, 22:13:33
Congratulations!  Put a well-earned A4 picture frame on your shopping list :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: azleonhart on 28 March, 2015, 10:29:44
Congratulations!  Put a well-earned A4 picture frame on your shopping list :)

I concur!
Congratulations to you guys! Hard earned practice pays off handsomely :D
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 29 March, 2015, 19:46:19
Well done to @Jak for improving to 1st Kyu today. (Forgot a photo, sorry). Only prevented from going further by that mean ol' Moshi....
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kev on 29 March, 2015, 20:08:19
Ah, dang! The curse of the moshi's strikes again.

Well done on improving your grade though @Jak

It's tough, but you're a great player, I'm sure it won't be long until you progress again - you've got the rest of the tricks up to 2nd Dan pretty much locked down!

Been fun playing with you over the last couple of days. Well done, hope to see you soon.

 :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Jak on 30 March, 2015, 18:55:32
Cheers Kev. I've found an incentive now to actually practise moshis! Gonna work on getting my grading up.
Hopefully see you again soon mate!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kev on 30 March, 2015, 19:14:54
Good stuff. I really hated them for quite a while but now I kind of like them. You've got to lose yourself in the groove.

Of course this is easier to say when you've got some in the bag.

Surprisingly hard under pressure aren't they?!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 31 March, 2015, 21:14:54
Today I run some kyu examinations at the Trinity juggling society.

@KenDogma got 2 Kyu and Emet, our Irish champ, got 5 Kyu.

Of course straight after the exam they were landing the tricks they missed during the exam. Lovely pressure.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/7f1fb3162016f03a6c8053b102114436.jpg)
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/a19c9164305a4b5d88019981ea7883c5.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 01 April, 2015, 11:05:26
I was checking this thread for the other (2) people I examined and I realized that one of them is not mentioned.

Alex, who got Kyu 5 back on 2012.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Azc0St0CEAA4jfR.jpg)

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 16 April, 2015, 21:01:55
Well done to @samuel.skreamer , who got his 1st Kyu today!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 May, 2015, 13:01:44
Well done to those who achieved/improved their grading yesterday. Forum profiles have been updated. The grading register will be updated later.
(More pictures to come, hopefully)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l73.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l74.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 May, 2015, 17:10:40
Oh, and welcome @HansNickmans to the list of BKA examiners. Go see him if you're needing a grading in Belgium!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 21 June, 2015, 07:55:26
I just failed my grading for 2nd Dan (JKA). I only did 253 moshikame. That hurts, but at least I defended my 1st Dan.
After several hours of playing today at a local workshop in Osaka I felt pretty warmed up. I think I somehow lost concentration after my string got tangled and I had to fight to get it free again.
But tomorrow is another day... (tomorrow in a metaphorical sense)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 21 June, 2015, 20:13:17
Hard luck Lars. Mean ol' moshi strikes again.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 28 June, 2015, 13:24:29
Well done Jimi!
(http://www.tlmb.net/galleries/UKNats2015/mediafiles/l1.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 20 July, 2015, 14:18:37
Well done to @myhotcaffeine for getting her Pre-Dan yesterday. So close on those Mean Ol' Moshis to the next level. Next time!
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l75.jpg)

Also, we've been catching up on our paperwork, so well done also to @kaskaderos.com, @cello_91, and @SkubMosh for their recent grading increases. Forum profiles and the kyu (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html), pre-dan (http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) and dan (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html) pages have all been updated. Also, well done to non-forum members Alexander, BenW, DanielM, Nadja, Diana & Martin R for their assorted Kyu gradings.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: cello_91 on 20 July, 2015, 14:38:55
Uhh Sweet :))
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 01 August, 2015, 11:19:51
Another month, another try, a better Moshi, and a 1st Dan to @myhotcaffeine . Congratulations!
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: myhotcaffeine on 06 August, 2015, 11:39:19
Another month, another try, a better Moshi, and a 1st Dan to @myhotcaffeine . Congratulations!
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Thanks so much for taking the time to meet me in July! It was truly a pleasure.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 13 August, 2015, 15:50:25
@Dimensions just slayed 5th Dan.
Bang boom wow, so well done Rob!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kengeaa on 13 August, 2015, 17:16:14
Well done @Dimensions..!! Fifth Dan is crazy, how long have you been playing?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 13 August, 2015, 20:43:40
So @Dimensions is the next to enter the race for the first non-Japanese 6th Dan. Congratulations - and well deserved.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Kev on 13 August, 2015, 21:27:30
So @Dimensions is the next to enter the race for the first non-Japanese 6th Dan. Congratulations - and well deserved.

Yes indeed. Although he will probably be beaten to it as he has to wait 6 years before he's allowed to enter!

Very well deserved though.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Dimensions on 15 August, 2015, 08:50:36
Thanks guys!
@Kengeaa I've been playing for about 3 years now, so I'm pretty darn chuffed with my new Dan!
@LarsVegas Apparently you have to be a Jappanese adult to even atempt 6th Dan - which is 21. So a six year wait for me.
Six years six Dans

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 15 August, 2015, 10:13:04
@Dimensions : well, six years is long, but you _can_ wait. To become Japanese is more difficult. But I can't imagine that you have to be Japanese - Void has already tried to get the 6th Dan. But then, maybe he is Japanese and I just don't know ...
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Dimensions on 16 August, 2015, 20:34:09
By "Japanese Adult" I meant the legal age of which you then become an adult by Japan law.
or something along those lines :)

And also a big well done to Lucien for also getting his 5th Dan - but this time on his first go!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 19 August, 2015, 11:42:07
Did you get a new grading at EKO this week? BKA was not keeping records, so please send us a PM with:

Your new grading/moshikame/speed trick B scores. We will update our records this weekend.
Thanks!

@MisterJumpshoe @cello_91 @Dimensions @jakub.zahumensky @Elmoney @Jak @Kev @joris.schweppe @s070s @Oase @mreasyguy @icedzed @shalafi @anyoneelse?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 22 August, 2015, 13:13:44
Congratulations to all recent gradees/improvers. Here are only some photos...
(https://igcdn-photos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/11324493_488671457958415_805969141_n.jpg)
https://instagram.com/p/6hHCLdDCPe/ (https://instagram.com/p/6hHCLdDCPe/)
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xaf1/t51.2885-15/11371204_1471772583146922_1131986063_n.jpg)
https://instagram.com/p/6joAxCjCHt/?taken-by=myhotcaffeine (https://instagram.com/p/6joAxCjCHt/?taken-by=myhotcaffeine)
(https://igcdn-photos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/11939524_502559676576163_822492121_n.jpg)
https://instagram.com/p/6rglw-DCPl/?taken-by=myhotcaffeine (https://instagram.com/p/6rglw-DCPl/?taken-by=myhotcaffeine)
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfa1/t51.2885-15/11376176_495916790571819_342789258_n.jpg)
https://instagram.com/p/6U6RY5iHuu/?taken-by=britishkendama (https://instagram.com/p/6U6RY5iHuu/?taken-by=britishkendama)
(http://i60.tinypic.com/wmnkzp.png)
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t31.0-8/11221876_878907845524428_390732356673047665_o.jpg)

Forum profiles updated and http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html) /Pre-Dan/Kyu pages updated too, with the info we have.
@Elmoney , @Oase, @MisterJumpshoe @Maicodama please confirm your moshi/STB scores, thanks!

If we've missed you out, let us know!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Maicodama on 23 August, 2015, 01:28:50
Alexis said it was 432 moshis. Thanks void!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: azleonhart on 25 August, 2015, 09:02:18
Don't mean to hijack the thread, but was extremely happy i managed to pay a visit to JKA recently and managed..

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5783/20242442754_5d0551ff36_z.jpg)
Used a TK-16 for the moshi (superb weight, by the way!) And a Mugen for the rest.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 25 August, 2015, 10:29:53
Congratulations, @azleonhart ! Your forum profile has been updated. We'll get to the Dan register in a day or two.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 25 August, 2015, 11:24:08
@azleonhart Mugen!!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: azleonhart on 25 August, 2015, 12:04:46
@azleonhart Mugen!!

@KenSan yes sir! Promised Yusuke Ito i'd use his gift to achieve my Dans.
Really happy with how the test turned out, but i need more work on my moshikame.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 01 September, 2015, 18:20:14
Determination goes a long way. All the way to 1st Dan. Congrats, @samuel.skreamer !
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 20 September, 2015, 13:38:30
645576527623663616[/tweet]] (http://[tweet)[/url]

Anyone who has taken a grading *with me* can now get it officially sanctioned by the JKA, if you pay the JKA registration fee.

(Except I forgot to pick up some of the paperwork, so oops! :) ) Edit: I have the paperwork now.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 October, 2015, 13:12:59
Well done Luke. Not bad for a yo-yoer who just dabbles. :)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l76.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 13 October, 2015, 13:06:58
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l77.jpg)
Congrats to @BigKidJim for getting his 1st Kyu in his first grading attempt at the weekend. You profile has been updated, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: ray on 16 November, 2015, 22:30:01
   Hi, I saw the list of graders and I think there aren't all.

   I'd be interesting to add a legend of the countries. I don't know which are CA, CT MA, MN or SG. Also, Switzerland isn't SUI, it's CH.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 17 November, 2015, 00:10:40
The register is for forum members only.
Canada, Catalonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: ray on 17 November, 2015, 00:33:46
The register is for forum members only.
Canada, Catalonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore.
Hahaha, "Catalonia", Soon!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: LarsVegas on 25 November, 2015, 21:28:02
Last Sunday I was working on Kendama Europe's booth at the Stuttgart Games Fair. Four players took the opportunity to pass an exam. I'm happy to say that they all did well, even though not everybody achieved the desired grade.

Congratulations to
- Kristina Vogel for 5th Kyu
- Johannes Lutz for 3rd Kyu
- Christos Baltzatzis for Pre-Dan
- Martin Klauka for 1st Dan

P.S. I'm such a klutz - don't look at the pictures, I counted the Kyus in the inverse direction  :-[
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: azleonhart on 27 November, 2015, 03:31:03
The register is for forum members only.
Canada, Catalonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore.

The two letter short for Malaysia would be MY, and the three letter would be MAS.
Hope to return to Japan next year to make myself eligible as a JKA examiner!
That way, players around the region need not go all the way to Japn to get graded.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 27 November, 2015, 11:44:28
Congrats guys on your gradings!
The two letter short for Malaysia would be MY, and the three letter would be MAS.
Hope to return to Japan next year to make myself eligible as a JKA examiner!
That way, players around the region need not go all the way to Japn to get graded.
Oops, sorry, we'll correct that soon.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 27 January, 2016, 17:42:35
Oops, sorry, we'll correct that soon.
Ahem. "Soon", yes.


Prices reunified for 2016: http://kendama.co.uk/exam.html (http://kendama.co.uk/exam.html) .
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 10 February, 2016, 17:15:01
Congrats to Tomáš on his 1st Dan.
 
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 16 February, 2016, 13:34:39
Hi @Niggy ,
Welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your recent grading. Your Dan status has been added to your forum profile, and to http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html) .
Intro (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2.0.html)?
Map pin (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=googlemap)?
Cheers,
BKA
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 23 February, 2016, 11:28:54
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l78.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l79.jpg)
Congrats to @SamSpry1993 and Ross (are you @over_the_valleys , Ross?), who both stepped up to 2nd Kyu on Saturday. Sam, your profile's grading has been updated, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html) . Ross, we'll do the same for you once you confirm your forum name!

PS Sam, don't forget to update your map (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=googlemap), and checkout http://kendama.co.uk/bkogo (http://kendama.co.uk/bkogo) .
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 21 March, 2016, 15:11:04
Congratulations to @Mad0zak and Luis who got their first gradings yesterday. Zak, your grading has been added to your forum profile, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html . Luis, we'll do the same for you when you've joined the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register).

(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l80.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l81.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 17 April, 2016, 22:14:59
Congratulations to @Kofi who hit 2nd Dan in his first grading today. Great work!
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l82.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 17 April, 2016, 22:30:03
And more grades from yesterday via @Mirek (updates to come). Well done Ultimate Juggling Squad!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 April, 2016, 12:59:00
Congrats to @NiggetyNixaan on his 2nd Dan and to these for their gradings:
Alex Kříž - 8th KYU
Jan Medo - 6th KYU
Tomáš Pivoda - 5th KYU
Lukáš Rozprym - 5th KYU
Lubomír Medo - 4th KYU
Jakub Kokojan - 4th KYU
Nikolas Hájek - 2nd KYU
Filip Vladík - 1st KYU
Jakub Švarc - PRE-DAN
Tomáš Zahradník - 2nd DAN
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 May, 2016, 13:14:09
Congratulations to @KenSan for being the only person on Sunday who wasn't too cowardly to take a grading. 1st Kyu, only defeated by the wretched-beloved Moshi Kame! Well done.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l83.jpg)

Congratulations also to Adam Kniveton (8th Kyu) and Mitchel Ellis (1st Kyu), who recently took their first gradings with @MisterJumpshoe .
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 04 May, 2016, 19:15:20
Thanks @BKA. Shame no one else had a go at upping their grading or taking their first. T'was very nerve raking though, especially the moshis. I thought I might walk away with nothing.
Quick question. If I was to find myself in Japan in the near future, would the JKA examiners know that I was at 1st kyu, either from this forum mugshot or another register somewhere?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 04 May, 2016, 19:25:20
You'll find yourself on http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html . :-)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: kaskaderos.com on 10 May, 2016, 21:12:08
I menaged 1.Dan thanks to marc(Kendama Europe) my examiner
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 11 May, 2016, 12:53:52
Congratulations, Ingo! Well played. :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 08 August, 2016, 15:14:19
Congratulations to everyone who got/improved their JKA grading at the EJC/EKO last week. We will try to update all form records/statuses this week….
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 10 August, 2016, 14:13:11
Congrats @Housti_IL6 @Kingi @LSARTWORK @s070s @theobau Laura, Laurent, Coyote, Rolf!
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l14.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l16.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l17.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l18.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l19.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l28.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l55.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l58.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l60.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/EJC2016/mediafiles/l66.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: s070s on 11 August, 2016, 10:45:32
Yai !
so many level-ups
nicely done everybody !!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 23 August, 2016, 14:55:31
Updated most forum records and entries in the register (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html).
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: HansNickmans on 31 August, 2016, 20:29:54
I've never seen a man happier than @s070s when he passed his Speed Trick B

Congrats to everyone!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: s070s on 02 September, 2016, 15:12:52
thanks dude !!! @HansNickmans

that's a very proud and tired face   :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 14 September, 2016, 14:06:40
Congrats to @CurtisFaganCWCS for his recent Pre-Dan (http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) grading with @MisterJumpshoe ! (Where's the photo?!  ;) )
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 23 October, 2016, 09:02:15
Just a quickie @BKA

If I were to put a Premium white Ozora tama on an Ozora Keyaki ken is that allowed for gradings and comps? Not that I probably would do this though.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 23 October, 2016, 12:39:13
@KenSan http://kendama.co.uk/approved.html :
Quote
Disallowed Modifications:
- Mixing parts of different kendamas
A fair question, since they're both Ozoras, which are approved. But our approvals are for standard issue models from the manufacturer. So sorry, but the answer's still no.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 23 October, 2016, 13:03:44
Thanks for the clarification. As I said I probably wouldn't do this as I seem to be a bit of a purist when it comes to swapping bits of kendama. Apart from beads and strings :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 01 November, 2016, 16:31:28
Congrats again to Curtis (photo surfaces!) and Tomasz, Zuzanna & Jakub F (no photo) for their recent gradings from @MisterJumpshoe & @Mirek .
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l84.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l85.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l86.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 26 February, 2017, 17:19:16
Congratulations to @kymallen94 and @Cortz , who took their first grading exams yesterday. Well done guys! You rankings have been added to your forum profiles and to the tables on http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html / http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l87.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l88.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 01 March, 2017, 13:25:50
Congrats to Oliver, who also got his 1st Kyu this weekend.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l89.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 17 April, 2017, 13:03:31
Bringing Bulgaria to the party, we welcome @ThaCuzin as a BKA examiner.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 27 April, 2017, 15:55:50
How do you become a BKA exmainer?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 28 April, 2017, 12:55:31
How do you become a BKA exmainer?
1. Get graded to at least 1st Kyu.
2. Express an interest.
3. Contact BKA to discuss, and arrange a meeting. (In-person only. 2hr minimum.)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 30 April, 2017, 11:10:42
Congratulations to @John on getting his 2nd Dan in his first exam yesterday. Good work! Your forum profile has been updated, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html .
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l90.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: John on 30 April, 2017, 15:51:38
Thanks so much! Pleased as punch about it, especially since I was only aiming for 1st Dan...
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 09 May, 2017, 12:56:26
Congratulations to @S.S.Clarence , @fuverdred and Barney, who all got their 1st Kyus last night. Scott and Fred, your gradings have been added to your forum profiles, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html . Barney, if you want to join that club, join the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register)! :-)

(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l91.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l92.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l93.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 09 May, 2017, 21:58:22
Well done everyone, I'm aiming to join the ranks with a grading at bko.

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 May, 2017, 11:52:09
Well done everyone, I'm aiming to join the ranks with a grading at bko.
He did!

Congratulations to @johndmc , Matt, Jack, John and Ben for all getting their first gradings. JohnDMC, your forum profile has been updated with your grading, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html . Matt, Jack, John and Ben, if you're reading this, just sign up to the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register), and we'll do the same for you!
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l94.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l95.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l96.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l97.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l98.jpg)

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 15 May, 2017, 13:50:51
Well done everyone, I'm aiming to join the ranks with a grading at bko.
He did!

Congratulations to @johndmc , Matt, Jack, John and Ben for all getting their first gradings. JohnDMC, your forum profile has been updated with your grading, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html . Matt, Jack, John and Ben, if you're reading this, just sign up to the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register), and we'll do the same for you!
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l94.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l95.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l96.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l97.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l98.jpg)
Thanks mate. I'll get to work on those pesky swing ins

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 May, 2017, 15:29:46
Oh, hi, @Matt Goody , welcome to the forum!
...your forum profile has been updated with your grading, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html . Matt, Jack, John and Ben, if you're reading this, just sign up to the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register), and we'll do the same for you!
^
|
Done!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Matt Goody on 15 May, 2017, 19:29:06
nice one void :) was fun, definitely aiming for 1st dan next time i see you!  ;)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 28 June, 2017, 13:00:20
@kenbarn & @jacksohigh You've both been added to http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html - sorry for the delay.
Congrats too to Wesley for stepping up to 3rd Dan at Spikedama recently.
(http://tlmb.net/galleries/SpikedamaX/mediafiles/l80.jpg)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 09 August, 2017, 18:05:09
Congratulations to everyone who gained/improved their gradings at EJC recently.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l99.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l100.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l101.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l102.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l103.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l104.jpg)
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(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l106.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l107.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l108.jpg)
@s070s & @Mad0zak , your forum profiles have been updated, and you have been updated on http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html and http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html respectively. If any of the others are reading this, then join the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register) to be added to the lists!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 10 August, 2017, 10:05:58



So what's next: BKA approved seals on european made kendamas?

This would be cool
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 10 August, 2017, 10:11:31
Also, can I put my self forward to apply to be an examiner? How does it work?

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: s070s on 10 August, 2017, 11:00:57
ARIGATO Void-san

i'm so proud of Floris
by the way i did 1100 moshi's, but it's still crazy to see Alex (ruish) 's score on the moshi's and i still  remember that day so good. For any one that don't know. Go take a look at the DAN list
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 10 August, 2017, 11:45:21
Also, can I put my self forward to apply to be an examiner? How does it work?
How do you become a BKA exmainer?
1. Get graded to at least 1st Kyu.
2. Express an interest.
3. Contact BKA to discuss, and arrange a meeting. (In-person only. 2hr minimum.)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: s070s on 10 August, 2017, 14:24:06
love this little dude so much !!!

http://youtu.be/QkqxrwynGco (http://youtu.be/QkqxrwynGco)

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: shalafi on 10 August, 2017, 20:45:56
love this little dude so much !!!

http://youtu.be/QkqxrwynGco (http://youtu.be/QkqxrwynGco)



So cute!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 11 August, 2017, 14:39:55
Congratulations on your Pre-Dan, @KenSan !
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 11 August, 2017, 14:52:09
love this little dude so much !!!
That's the youngest person to get a Dan grading (so far). Youngest Brit would be @Dimensions !
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 12 August, 2017, 05:44:38
Thanks @BKA

I'm trying to get in contact with the JKA to see if I can take a Dan grading whilst I'm here too.
It's holiday season though so will see how that goes!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 19 August, 2017, 23:36:58
@The Void

I met someone you may know?

Am very grateful to Tokyo.Kendama.School and Maruishi San for allowing me to jump the que and take my 2nd Dan grading with them yesterday (19/8/17). Fortunately it wasn't a wasted effort and I achieved my 2nd Dan!




Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 20 August, 2017, 20:09:32
@KenSan Duuuuude! :-D
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: John on 22 August, 2017, 08:30:08
Nice job @KenSan - and you visited Su! So jealous :)
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: John on 22 August, 2017, 08:36:27
Just out of interest, can the Royal Plush be used for BKA gradings?
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 22 August, 2017, 13:08:18
Cheers @The Void .

@John yeah Sulab, Su and his wife were fantastic. Also MJ Suicic who showed us around Kawagoe was great. It was about 38 degrees in Kawagoe that day, my eldest son left his bag on the bus and my youngest son went ape s**t in the heat. Fortunately all ended well with the bag and everyone was very tolerant of my youngest
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 22 August, 2017, 16:04:32
Congrats to @Dice126 and @KenSan for their recent gradings. Records updated.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l109.jpg)
and his wife
Ayaka.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 22 August, 2017, 16:05:36
Just out of interest, can the Royal Plush be used for BKA gradings?
http://kendama.co.uk/approved.html updated. Not currently.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 September, 2017, 12:52:33
Welcome to @KenSan & @johndmc as BKA examiners (http://kendama.co.uk/exam.html)!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 05 September, 2017, 20:09:01
Welcome to @KenSan & @johndmc as BKA examiners (http://kendama.co.uk/exam.html)!
Thank you kindly, anyone in Kent or south east who would be interested to do a grading be sure to get in touch.

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 09 October, 2017, 19:31:26
@BKA

My credentials  :D

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 10 October, 2017, 00:49:06
@KenSan :D
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 31 October, 2017, 14:03:05
Congrats to Travis and Void on their recent gradings.
(http://kendama.co.uk/galleries/gradees/mediafiles/l110.jpg)
(http://tlmb.net/galleries/Japan2017/mediafiles/l26.jpg)
@The Void , your record on http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html has been updated.
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 05 November, 2017, 11:27:52
Congratulations to Moshi-maniacs @ben_young and @Sowdz for getting Pre-Dan and 1st Dan, respectively, in their first gradings yesterday. Great work for 6-month players. Well done guys! Your forum accounts have been updated, and you've been added to the Pre-Dan (http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) and Dan (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html) pages.
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 28 November, 2017, 15:54:54
Congratulations to @SakuraSlayer @I.A.M & @paulsayer on their gradings at SKJ this weekend! Your forum profiles have been updated with your grading, and you have been added to the Kyu (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html) and Dan (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html) BKA register too.
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: paulsayer on 28 November, 2017, 16:09:50
Yay! Thank you so much for the opportunity.   ;D
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 29 November, 2017, 06:21:09
Well done all

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 01 December, 2017, 20:56:12
Congratulations to @ben_young for stepping up to First Dan today. That now makes 20 Brits who have achieved a Dan grading. Ben, your forum profile has been updated, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html . Well done!
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 18 March, 2018, 16:41:00
Congratulations to Steven, Faye, Harvey, Koben, Sol, Neo & B.T. who all got their first gradings this weekend.
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 April, 2018, 14:01:30
Congrats to @johndmc and @Mad0zak , who both improved their gradings to Pre-Dan last weekend. Your forum profiles have been updated guys, and you're both now on http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: johndmc on 15 April, 2018, 14:34:50
Congrats to @johndmc and @Mad0zak , who both improved their gradings to Pre-Dan last weekend. Your forum profiles have been updated guys, and you're both now on http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html

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Thanks, got my sights firmly set on 1st Dan now

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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 17 June, 2018, 13:23:41
Congrats to Jordan, Dan, Mike, Matt and Ben on their gradings yesterday!
@Woodsy @Mikegee @BenPycroft24 : Your forum profiles have had your gradings added to them, and you've been added to the Kyu (http://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html) or Pre-Dan (http://kendama.co.uk/pre-dan.html) listing pages too.
Jordan and Dan, if you're reading this, we'll do the same for you if you join the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register).
Clicks!
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 August, 2018, 13:07:52
Congratulations to Tom, Finn, Attila and Curtis on their newly-acquired gradings this weekend! If you guys are reading this, just join the forum (http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=register), and you will be added to our register of graded players (http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html). Cheers!
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: twohands on 03 September, 2018, 02:29:33
"Twohands-san", Mr. Miyagi said,  "we stay in the fair part of the system, where money does not make THE difference.

Neither money nor a certificate. Could be as false as a video.

But sometimes good to have one, or a good copy, from anywhere. Try on." 

:-)

 
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 15 September, 2018, 20:00:38
Congrats to @Dimensions on getting his "Lefty" 1st Kyu today.
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 27 September, 2018, 17:30:43
Congratulations to @ben_young on jumping up to 3rd Dan today. Pretty close to 4th too - next time!
Ben, your forum profile has been updated, and you've been upgraded on http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html .
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 17 December, 2018, 14:57:00
Happy to announce that @paulsayer is now an official BKA examiner. Hit him up to get yourself graded (https://kendama.co.uk/exam.html).

Oh, and @Tom.pattenden , you now have your grading on your profile, and are listed on the Kyu page (https://kendama.co.uk/kyu.html).
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: KenSan on 13 January, 2019, 15:34:50
Hey @Matt Goody your forum profile has been updated, and you've been added to http://kendama.co.uk/dan.html .
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Good Job Matt.   

Dont know about you but I was just as nervous conducting the exam and filling out the paperwork!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: The Void on 13 January, 2019, 17:28:40
Well played, @Matt Goody , you're the m(/d)an!
Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: Matt Goody on 13 January, 2019, 18:30:41
Thanks @KenSan and @The Void  :D

Stuart you were great mate!

Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 13 May, 2019, 13:32:42
Congratulations to @ben_young , who yesterday became only the 5th British player to reach the giddy heights of a 4th Dan grading. Well done, sir, excellent work! Your forum profile and https://kendama.co.uk/dan.html have been updated.
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Title: Re: Official BKA gradings
Post by: BKA on 07 June, 2019, 18:06:44
Congratulations to @jacksohigh for recently getting his 1st Dan grading. Jack, your forum profile and https://kendama.co.uk/dan.html have been updated.
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