Grading

GRADING INFORMATION:

There are 4 student grades at Close Combat Self Defence, Grade 0 (Introductory Level), Grade 1 (Novice Level), Grade 2 (Intermediate Level) and Grade 3 (Advanced Level).  Each grade will be achieved by meeting all the requirements for each lesson within the syllabus. If lessons are missed, students will have to wait until the lesson is covered the second time around or have a private lesson to catch up on what was missed.

GRADE 0 (INTRODUCTORY LEVEL)

All Close Combat students start at Grade 0 and will go through an introductory version of the Syllabus to work towards Grade 1.

GRADE 1 (NOVICE LEVEL)

To achieve Grade 1, students will have gone through the syllabus once and had an introduction into each lesson. Once Grade 1 is achieved, students will start the Syllabus again with a higher understanding and will start to work towards Grade 2.

GRADE 2 (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)

Grade 2 will be awarded when a distinct and verifiable understanding of each lesson has been achieved and committed to memory. Students must know how to do the skills and techniques and have a basic understanding of the principles involved. Once a student is Grade 2, they can train hard to improve their skills further and start working towards Grade 3.  Grade 2 students will continue to learn and perfect the basics, whilst improving their Reflex Development and experiencing Combat Simulation.

GRADE 3 (ADVANCED LEVEL)

Grade 3 will be awarded when a complete and verifiable understanding of each lesson is observed and recorded, awareness and reaction time should be instantaneous and confidence and perfect control must be shown, proving expertise within each facet of each lesson. All skills must then be practised regularly to maintain this level of skill, Grade 3 students will maintain knowledge of the basics, whilst continuing their Reflex Development and Combat Simulation, the most outstanding students may be offered the opportunity to become assistant instructors to help teach the lower grades, which will add a higher level of understanding to the students range of knowledge.

Syllabus disclaimer:

The Syllabus is dynamic and may be subject to change as and when the club grows, things may be added, changed or removed, depending on law changes, new styles or techniques developing or changes in crime statistics or new types of weapons or attack techniques being used on the street.

Close Combat Syllabus
Lesson First Section Second Section
1 Punch Defences Trap and Roll Escape
2 Kick Defences Americana Armlock
3 Pad-work Session 1 Maintaining Position
4 Take The Back From Mount Rear Naked Choke
5 Break-falls Clinch / Leg Hook Take-down
6 Pad-work Session 2 Punch Block Series
7 Grab Defences Straight Armlock
8 Choke Defences Triangle Choke
9 Pad-work Session 3 Elevator Sweep
10 Elbow Escape Maintain Side Mount
11 Break-falls Clinch / Body Fold Take-down
12 Pad-work Session 4 Headlock Counters
13 Combative Circuit Training Double Leg Take-down
14 1:1, 2:2 & Free Sparring Frame Headlock Escape
15 Pad-work Session 5 Straight Armlock (Guard)
16 Double Ankle Sweep Bear-hug Defences
17 Leg-hook Headlock Escape Guillotine Choke
18 Pad-work Session 6 Shrimp Escape
19 Multiple Attackers Kimura Armlock
20 Pressure Testing Standing Headlock Defence
21 Pad-work Session 7 Punch Block Series Stage 5
22 Hook Sweep Haymaker Defence / Rear Take-down
23 Knife Defences Take The Back From Guard
24 Pad-work Session 8 Guillotine Defence
25 Stick Defences Elbow Escape
26 Gun Defences Standing Armlock
27 Pad-work Session 9 Twisting Arm Control
28 1:1, 2:2 & Free Sparring Double Under-hook Guard Pass

Each lesson will be taught 3 times in a staggered cycle over 84 weeks to aid learning, as shown below, the skills will also be included in the reflex development and combat simulation sessions to commit them to muscle memory.

Lesson Training Schedule
Week Lesson Time Week Lesson Time
01 01 1st 43 16 1st
02 02 1st 44 17 1st
03 03 1st 45 18 1st
04 04 1st 46 13 3rd
05 05 1st 47 14 3rd
06 06 1st 48 15 3rd
07 01 2nd 49 16 2nd
08 02 2nd 50 17 2nd
09 03 2nd 51 18 2nd
10 04 2nd 52 19 1st
11 05 2nd 53 20 1st
12 06 2nd 54 21 1st
13 01 3rd 55 16 3rd
14 02 3rd 56 17 3rd
15 03 3rd 57 18 3rd
16 07 1st 58 19 2nd
17 08 1st 59 20 2nd
18 09 1st 60 21 2nd
19 04 3rd 61 22 1st
20 05 3rd 62 23 1st
21 06 3rd 63 24 1st
22 07 2nd 64 19 3rd
23 08 2nd 65 20 3rd
24 09 2nd 66 21 3rd
25 10 1st 67 22 2nd
26 11 1st 68 23 2nd
27 12 1st 69 24 2nd
28 07 3rd 70 25 1st
29 08 3rd 71 26 1st
30 09 3rd 72 27 1st
31 10 2nd 73 28 1st
32 11 2nd 74 22 3rd
33 12 2nd 75 23 3rd
34 13 1st 76 24 3rd
35 14 1st 77 25 2nd
36 15 1st 78 26 2nd
37 10 3rd 79 27 2nd
38 11 3rd 80 28 2nd
39 12 3rd 81 25 3rd
40 13 2nd 82 26 3rd
41 14 2nd 83 27 3rd
42 15 2nd 84 28 3rd