Martial arts instructors help people learn the skills they
need to participate safely and to the best of their ability
in a particular martial arts discipline. Types of Martial Arts
include Judo, Karate, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do and Silat. They
work with adults and children, across a wide range of
Instructors demonstrate techniques and coach at a level that is appropriate to the individual students. They write training programmes, maintain equipment and give students feedback on their progress. They are also responsible for the health and safety, and child protection of their students, where appropriate.
Martial arts instructors usually work evenings and
weekends, when most people participate in recreation.
Sessions can last between one and three hours usually
with a break. Some instructors may be present at
training sessions and competitions, resulting in long
working hours. Travel may be involved.
Instructors work in a variety of locations depending on their opportunities and preferences, from church halls and pub rooms to leisure centres and martial arts studios.
The work involves some periods of standing observing others participate, mixed with periods of activity when the instructor demonstrates or trains with participants.
To be a martial arts instructor you should have:
Instructors are generally self-employed and they
promote themselves as businesses. Their work can be
either a main source of income or a second income.
Instructors could also work in military, law enforcement or security roles.
There is the potential to set up your own school or association with a senior instructor award and some years' experience. Opportunities vary between disciplines. Contact your NGB for details.
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