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whistlekick Martial Arts Radio

Feb 15, 2024


In this episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the topic of whether martial arts rank testing should be scheduled or a surprise. They explore the benefits and downsides of both approaches and share their personal experiences. They also touch on the differences in rank testing between traditional martial arts schools and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The main takeaway is that each school should do what works best for their students and goals.


There are benefits to both scheduled and surprise rank testing in martial arts.

Scheduled testing allows students to set goals and prepare in advance, while surprise testing simulates real-world situations.

Surprise testing may lack the community aspect and support from family and friends that scheduled testing provides.

It is important for each school to determine what approach works best for their students and maintain consistency.