Martial arts instructors teach martial arts like karate, jujitsu and judo.
Salary range: Variable
How to become a martial arts instructor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an 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:
- instructor membership of your NGB
- a minimum grade approved by your NGB
- a recommendation from your association before attending an instructor award course
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.
You could do an intermediate apprenticeship for an activity leadership 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.
You can find out more about becoming a martial arts instructor from UK Coaching.
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
What you’ll do
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 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
With experience, and a senior instructor award, you could set up your own school or association.