Martial arts instructor apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeship
To train as a martial arts instructor you can do a coaching qualification at college that's recognised by the National Governing Body (NGB) for your martial arts discipline.
Before taking a coaching qualification you'll need:
Some NGBs may expect you to have held an assistant coach qualification for 6 months. The NGB for your discipline can give you advice on qualifications as instructor awards differ between NGBs. There are no set Entry requirements for this route.
- instructor membership of your NGB
- a minimum grade approved by your NGB
- a recommendation from your association before attending an instructor award course
You could do a Level 2 apprenticeship for a community activator coaching qualification to become an instructor.
Training providers set their own entry requirements for this apprenticeship. You may need a children's instructor award before working with children. It can also help you if you have experience of teaching or coaching another sport, and a first aid certificate.
Martial arts instructor apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to teach pupils how to do something
- customer service skills
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work on your own
- the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- be over 18 years of age
- pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
Martial arts instructor apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you may:
- prepare lesson plans
- demonstrate warm ups, skills training, and physical conditioning
- coach students
- develop individual training programmes
- observe and assess students, and give them feedback
- develop and practise your own skills
- take responsibility for the health and safety of students
- promote your classes
You could work in a creative studio or at a fitness centre.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression - Martial arts instructor apprenticeships
With experience, and a senior instructor award, you could set up your own school or association.