How To Participate for FREE!
Welcome to the Dojo!
Welcome to the Dojo!
Hello and welcome! My name is Adam Jeup! I'm a World Drill Champion, a National High School Drill Team Championship winning coach, and the founder of the Drill Dojo! I'll be your guide through the Dojo's curriculum. If you have questions that aren't answered in this guide, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1: How Do I Start?
To start, you'll need the following items:
(1) A drill rifle (7.2 lbs or more)
(2) A video camera/cell phone
(3) A YouTube Account
(4) A SAFE place to drill
After securing these things, you'll start your journey with the White Sling Curriculum. Here, you'll find a list of tricks. Choose which trick(s) you want to perform from the Optional List, and then write these down. Once you're ready, you'll go to your Safe Drill Location with a buddy and perform the required tricks on film.
Part 2: What Do I Do With My Video?
Now that you have a video, it'll need to be Certified on a Qualification Livestream. For this to happen, you'll need to:
(1) Upload your video to YouTube
(2) Copy the link to your video
(3) Paste the link in the Submission box found on the sling page
(4) Fill in the other Required Information
Alternatively, you can send your YouTube link directly to email@example.com. Now, you only have to wait for the next Livestream Event.
Part 3: What Happens on the Livestream?
The LiveStream is where Certification happens. Your video will be assessed based on the standard set by The Drill Dojo Scoring System.
If your video passes the appropriate threshold of points, your name will be added to the sling color Registry, which is public and posted at the bottom of each Sling Color Page. This also qualifies you to be able to purchase a Certified Pro Sling in the color of your qualification. You are unable to purchase Certified Slings at the Yellow Level and up unless your name is in the Registry.
If your video does not pass, don't fret! This happens, and it's an important marker in your development as a driller. It simply means that you're not ready to move up to more advanced tricks because you lack the required amount of control. You'll simply need to re-record and re-submit to try again on the next livestream. This is a safety feature and is in your best interest! Trust me! Use this as a learning opportunity, and consider purchasing an in-depth video review in the Sling Store.
Part 4: I Certified! What next?
Congratulations on your White Sling Certification! You're now eligible to qualify at the Yellow Sling Level! You'll repeat these steps at each level until you're Black Sling Certified, and then you'll have the opportunity to go even further beyond. Congratulations again on taking your first step in the Drill Dojo - I can't wait to see how far you go!
Part 5: Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is this really free?
Answer: Yes! Qualification Review and Addition to the Registry is COMPLETELY FREE! If you'd like the sling to commemorate your accomplishment, however, that will cost money in the Sling Store. But owning the sling is not necessary to participate!
Question: What is the Drill Dojo?
Answer: The Drill Dojo is a project run by Adam Jeup, Justin Delaurier, and Justin Ghan. This particular program is sponsored by the School of Independent Drill and has a focus on the performance of solo-oriented tricks. Other idealogical schools will be added to the Drill Dojo with time.
Question: Can I jump straight to the highest sling I can earn, or do I have to go in order?
Answer: On the current curriculum, you must demonstrate proficiency in the proper order of sling colors, starting with the White Sling Certification and moving through the Black Sling Certification. You are, however, allowed to submit multiple videos per stream. Should a video fail at a lower level, however, the higher level video will not be reviewed until the lower level sling qualification is attained.
Question: How does judging and scoring work?
Answer: In order to keep the organization transparent, judging will be done during scheduled livestreams on the Drill Dojo YouTube channel. Each performed trick will receive a score between 1-10, and an average score of 8 points per trick must be attained. These deductions will be assessed against the Drill Dojo Scoring System You receive only one chance to perform a trick in a video and a botched setup will count as the trick. A drop or skipped tricks will automatically disqualify the entry.
Question: I can do all the tricks for a sling, but not at once. Can I edit these tricks together and still qualify?
Answer: No. Videos must be uncut and unedited from the beginning of the first trick until the end of the last trick. This ensures a high level of consistency for each sling and makes your qualification equivalent to a live test-out. Any videos that have been edited or cropped out to hide drops or fumbles will be automatically and immediately disqualified.
Question: Can I do all the tricks listed from the "Choose 3" section and only use to best 3 scores for that section?
Answer: No. Only the first 3 tricks performed from any given "Choose 3" section will be graded. The rest will be discarded.
Question: Is there a minimum weight requirement for my rifle to earn a badge?
Answer: Yes. The Drill Dojo currently only recognizes the weight class of 7.2 lbs and higher, to include demilitarized 1903's, demilitarized M1 Garands, demilitarized M14s, Daisy drill rifles, Glendale M1 Replicas, Glendale 1903 Replicas, and Spraisy/Glenfield variants. On all variants, it is permitted to remove either a buttplate or a bolt from your rifle, but not both. Please ensure that if you're moving to a faraway distance on camera that the bolt and buttplate are clearly visible at some point in the video. If you are unclear or believe your rifle meets the 7.0 lbs weight requirement, you are allowed to demonstrate the weight using a Digital Luggage Scale provided all information from a proper tare (0.0 lbs reading) and a finalized 7.0 lbs+ are shown on camera, and the tricks start immediately thereafter.