Friday 27 Nov - Kung Fu class. Low impact warm up with a few extra push ups, sits ups, etc - about 20-25 mins. Form practice. I got feedback from Laoshi which was helpful. I have not had individual coaching for a while on my current form so this was a useful session. I got some good corrections particularly on the last section - one movement is a strike with the elbow rather than a block and the final movement is a throw rather than a take down so I need to correct this. I was asked to coach my older son on his form. This will be slow work as he's not really getting a grip on the stances. I am aiming to do a bit more on this with him in the week. After that we did some drills around blocking kicks and knee attacks. Sunday 29 November - grading. I was not being graded but went along to watch. This was the first grading run by our Sifu since the new arrangements in our association that have recently been put in place. As a result there was a much smaller group (just over 20 candidates across all grades). The whole event took just over 2 hours and featured one black sash candidate and one 3rd degree (which is what I really wanted to see). As the sole black sash candidate the grading was two forms, two on one sparring and four rounds of sparring one against one. Breaks between each round were about a minute. The third degree did the 24 step TCC form (a new requirement). He then had to demonstrate applications of 8 different moves from the TCC form, slowly and then in real time. The final part is a demonstration of expertise in any form of martial arts - in this case it was Escrima. Never seen it before - wow. That's all I can say.