Kung Fu Instructor Career Overview

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What does a Kung Fu Instructor do?

Kung Fu refers to any discipline or skill that requires hard work, skill, and practice. When it is used to describe martial arts, as it is typically in the United States, it’s divided into two categories – Wushu and Quanfa. Instructors teach the techniques and principles of these ancient martial arts to students from beginners to experienced practitioners. Shaolin Fung Fu, Wing Chun, and Tai Chi are common forms of Kung Fu, and each has its techniques and guiding principles.

A Kung Fu instructor will demonstrate techniques to students, observe the student in his/her practice, and show the student what adjustments to make to hone their skills. Students work their way through different levels of discipline. Tests are scheduled when technical thresholds are passed in order to set goals for students and to see students motivated. Competitions may also be used to encourage 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 events, organize the distribution of uniforms, and other managerial aspects of the business.

How much does a Kung Fu Instructor make?

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

  • Median salary – $19.91/hour

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