If you are seeing this, it’s because I’ve recommended you to attend the official blue shorts grading held every quarter at Siam No.1 I recommended you for a combination of reasons: 1) Your dedication to Muay Thai, 2) Your improvement throughout your time here, 3) Your attitude and most importantly 4) Your contributions to others at Brampton Muay Thai. Ultimately, I ask myself “Does this person make others better?” I think you should too. The study of Martial Art, should lead you to becoming one. With that said, Martial Art is about the propagation of good, able people capable of protecting the public on behalf of those who cannot. That is the end goal.
What is the Blue Short Test?
The Blue Short test is held every quarter at Siam No.1, Toronto. it is the home of My teacher, Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri who is the founder of Muay Thai in Ontario. I send my student to be graded under his eyes, to eliminate confirmation bias, and to ensure that your Muay Thai skill is validated under the most reputable available expertise.
What is involved in the test?
There are 4 elements involved in the test:
Lasting about 60-75m, the initial portion of the grading begins with a general exercise portion involving basic calisthenics:
Take comfort in knowing that I conduct our classes in a similar format to the blue short test with the express intent to prepare you for it. You can expect a similar intensity and choreography to our group classes, with the only difference being time and reps. The test format is slightly longer than our daily routines so budget your energy accordingly.
The technical portion is meant to demonstrate your understanding of: 1) Muay Thai stance, and 2) Weapon delivery.
Shortly after the physical portion you will be shadow boxing as a group. Though you are not being assessed individually, you are expected to display a basic competency in: Balance, Posture, and Weight distribution. Practice your Stance diligently. It is very obvious when someone does not know how to stand in Muay Thai so I suggest you review the teaching points I go over in class.
These are the names of your footwork:
Yam Sam Khum (3 golden step aka Standing)
Sieu Yam (Tiger Step aka forward step)
Salab Fan Plaa (Fish step aka Diagonal Step)
Following the group shadow box, you will do two rounds of pads with a pad holder.
Rd. 1: Static pads, 10-15 reps of each weapon:
Punch (straight L, R)
Swing Kick (Low, Medium, High-L,R)
Knees (Straight, Side, -L,R)
Elbows (Side, Uppercut-L,R)
Rd. 2: Freestyle Pad holding
There is a right way to do this, and a sad way to do it. Unfortunately, certain students confuse pad holding as a demonstration of their rage and brute force. This would be unadvisable as all you would be demonstrating is how little Muay Thai proficiency you actually possess. The better way to go about it is demonstrate your technical proficiency (The teaching points I discuss in class) and demonstrating your power through it. How do you do that? be sure to begin, deliver, and end all techniques in a Muay Thai stance. The challenge is to do so under increasing amounts of duress. Keep your form, while demonstrating your power.
As with the group shadow box, you will not be evaluated individually in this section but will be expected to demonstrate a general awareness of basic Thai Language/Cultural concepts. Pls be proficient in the following phrases:
Count 1-10 in Thai (see google)
Hello: ‘Sawadee Khrap’ (male) ‘Sawadee Kaa’ (female)
Thank You ‘Khap Khun Khrap’; ‘Khap Khun Khaa’ (female)
Good Luck ‘Chook Dee Khrap’; ‘Chook Dee Khaa’ (female)
Good luck, and congratulations. I’d like to thank you for your time spent here, and hope that Brampton Muay Thai has added to your life. I look forward to being a part of the next leg of your Martial Art journey.
Kru Yai Nick Bautista, Brampton Muay Thai