Karate Instructor Career Overview

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What Does a Karate Instructor Do?

Karate instructors teach students both the physical skills and the core values that are the foundation of this martial art. These foundational core values, discipline, perseverance, and integrity are central to the discipline of Karate and can be transferred to other aspects of an individual’s life.

Karate teachers demonstrate techniques to students and observe the student in his or her practice, showing the student what adjustments to make to hone their skills. Students work their way through different skill levels. Tests are held throughout the year to set goals for students, and competitions motivate and mark stages of progression. It is the job of the instructor to design the lessons, organize the testing and competitions, handle the logistics involved in traveling to competitions, organize the distribution of uniforms, and manage the other daily aspects of this business.

How Much Does a Karate Instructor Make?

The US Bureau of Labor reports that employment for all fitness instructors is likely to increase by 13% from 2018 through 2028 as health and weight loss remain high priorities for the American Public. 

  • In 2016- 276,100 people in the US worked as Karate Instructors.
  • Median salary 2020 – $55,127

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