Important info from STF website: http://www.stf.sg/modules/news/article.php?storyid=605
For the interview segment, the grading assistant or ‘commander’ shall instruct the candidates to queue up in a straight line about 1.5 meters away from the examiner’s table. They shall stand in order of their numbers – that is, the number one candidate first followed by the rest.
When the examiner is ready, he shall signal the first candidate to approach him. The candidate called will bow, walk towards the examiner and stand at ease about 0.2 meters away from the table.
The candidate shall answer the questions clearly and concisely. On completion of the interview, he shall take a step back, bow and move off.
Candidates should conduct themselves well at all times as their demeanor will be taken into consideration when the examiner assesses them.
Black belt assistants who are involved in sparring during the grading are required to wear groin guards. They should not spar if they do not wear the equipment for safety reasons.
Armed Combat Requirement
For 2nd to 3rd dan and 3rd to 4th dan grading, candidates may use short stick or rubber knife. The examiners will assess candidates on their ability to execute their techniques accurately, smoothly and realistically.
Coaches who ask their students to report early should be present to guide them. In the absence of coaches, most students and their parents will be anxious as they do not know what to do. While anxious parents will be upset and angry, anxious candidates cannot perform to be best of their ability.