With 30 years as a professional Karate Instructor, I know many highly skilled and tremendously capable Martial Arts instructors. Having said that: I also know some people who have very “successful” Martial Arts Schools who have no qualifications or skill in their chosen profession. If you wanted to teach the alphabet to pre-schoolers you would need to take courses in pedagogical learning, early childhood development, curriculum design, etc. The Commonwealth would compel you to take a test in order to be licensed. All that so you can teach the Alphabet!
Do you know what qualifications an instructor needs to teach a highly complex and potentially dangerous Martial Art?
No state licensure, no courses in how to teach, nothing but a Black Belt bestowed by other Black Belts who may not be teachers either. Let me make sure you understand. Embroidered Belts, Trophy’s in the window, Gimmicky character building programs that you can buy on the internet do not make ANYONE qualified to teach ANYTHING!
We pride ourselves on extensive study in the martial arts (This is Steve’s 42nd year and he has never missed even one day of practice) and continuing education on exercise physiology, nutrition, teaching methods, and learning modalities. We are experienced educators in traditional classrooms at the elementary through college level – and we are studied in cognitive development from kids through adults.