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Martial arts instructor

Martial arts instructors teach martial arts like karate, jujitsu and judo.

Potential salary
Working hours
36 to 38 variable
  • 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
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • preparing lesson plans
  • demonstrating warm ups, skills training, and physical conditioning
  • coaching students
  • developing individual training programmes
  • observing and assessing students, and giving them feedback
  • developing and practising your own skills
  • taking responsibility for the health and safety of students
  • promoting your classes

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a creative studio or at a fitness centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

With experience, and a senior instructor award, you could set up your own school or association.

You can find out more about becoming a martial arts instructor from UK Coaching.

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