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Martial Arts Instructor Career Overview

Starting a Career as a Martial Arts Instructor

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Karate Instructor Career Overview

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 tra...

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MMA Instructor/Coach Career Overview

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that combines aspects of many martial arts traditions from all over the world. Its explosion into the mainstream in the last 20 years has seen it become the world's most popular combat sport ahe...

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MMA Instructor/Coach Networking Groups

MMA Instructors groups are a great way to share knowledge, ask questions, raise concerns, suggest new ideas, and put forth innovative new ways to approach the practice by facilitating dialogue between instructors and students alike.

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MMA Instructor/Coach Schools

Amateur Mixed Martial Arts are regulated under the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the World MMA Association. Both geared towards ensuring that MMA is allowed the same recognition and rights as other major sports - it is not as involv...

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MMA Instructor/Coach Associations

There are no associations, mainly for MMA instructors. At an amateur level, MMA is regulated under the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the World MMA Association. They are more geared to the regulation of competition and promotion with...

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Taekwondo Instructor Career Overview

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art developed in the mid-20th century. At that time, Korean martial artists combined elements from the Chinese and Japanese martial arts with indigenous Korean combat traditions. Mainly consisting of kicking above the wa...

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Taekwondo Instructor Certification Programs and Training

Required courses or training for this martial arts style will vary by state, so be sure to check the regulations where you live. 

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Taekwondo Instructor Associations

Each state has associations within the Taekwondo community. These associations are committed to the health and safety of the members, coaches, officials, and stakeholders. 

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Taekwondo Instructor Networking Groups

There is always the option to contact your local gym or training center to find fellow martial artists. Additionally, a group is a wonderful place to find a mentor. Social media such as Facebook or Reddit will list support groups and other social org...

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Judo Instructor Career Overview

Judo, translated from the original Japanese as the “gentle way,” is a martial art developed at the end of the 19th century and was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy. Practitioners throw, takedown or submit to opponents using strike...

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Judo Instructor Certification Programs and Training

The United States Martial Arts Association (USMAA) is a non-profit organization designed to provide instruction to members, host training camps, support coaches and students, and publish educational materials. The USMAA is a large governing body that...

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Judo Instructor Associations

Association memberships are a great way for Judo instructors to be the best they can be. There are some great associations for Judo instructors. The International Judo Federation (IJF) is the recognized world governing body, It was started in 1951, a...

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Judo Instructor Networking Groups

Judo groups are an excellent way for practitioners to share knowledge, ask questions, raise concerns, suggest new ideas, and put forth innovative new ways to approach the practice by facilitating dialogue between instructors and students alike.

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Kung Fu Instructor Career Overview

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 tech...

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Kung Fu Instructor Networking Groups

Kung Fu groups facilitate dialogue between instructors and students alike. They are an excellent way for practitioners to share knowledge, ask questions, raise concerns, suggest new ideas, and discuss innovative new ways to approach the martial arts....

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Kung Fu Instructor Certification Programs and Training

The United States Martial Arts Association (USMAA) is a non-profit organization designed to provide instruction to members, host training camps, support coaches and students, and publish educational materials. The USMAA is a large governing body that...

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Kung Fu Instructor Associations

Many Kung Fu associations exist. They provide support and education to Kung Fu instructors. One such association is the USMAA, which has more than 10,000 members and is dedicated to promoting all martial arts in the United States, including Kung Fu....

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Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA)

An Overview of Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA)

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Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI)

An Overview of Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI)

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United States Traditional Kung Fu & Cultural Federation

An Overview of United States Traditional Kung Fu & Cultural Federation

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United States of America Wushu Kungfu Federation (USAWKF)

An Overview of United States of America Wushu Kungfu Federation (USAWKF)

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Yee's Hung Ga International Kung Fu Association

An Overview of Yee's Hung Ga International Kung Fu Association

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U.S. Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

An Overview of U.S. Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

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Jow Ga Kung Fu Association of USA

An Overview of Jow Ga Kung Fu Association of USA

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Lee Koon Hung Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Association

An Overview of Lee Koon Hung Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Association

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Alan Lee's Chinese Kung-Fu Wu-Su Association

An Overview of Alan Lee's Chinese Kung-Fu Wu-Su Association

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Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association

An Overview of Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association

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United World Taekwondo Association (UWTA)

An Overview of United World Taekwondo Association (UWTA)

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United States Taekwondo Association (USTA)

An Overview of United States Taekwondo Association (USTA)

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Central Taekwondo Association (CTA)

An Overview of Central Taekwondo Association (CTA)

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US National Taekwondo Association (USNTA)

An Overview of US National Taekwondo Association (USNTA)

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U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association

An Overview of U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association

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ATA International

An Overview of ATA International

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Unified Taekwon-Do

An Overview of Unified Taekwon-Do

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Original Taekwon-Do Federation of America (OTFA)

An Overview of Original Taekwon-Do Federation of America (OTFA)

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International TaeKwon-Do Association (ITA)

An Overview of International TaeKwon-Do Association (ITA)

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Women's Self Defense Boston

Currently SEPS is not providing any instructor programs, neither looking to accredit institutions or trainers. They do offer material on their website to self-defense instructors and fighting styles schools for them to incorporate as well as utilize ...

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ACT Self-Defense

By becoming an ACT certified self-defense instructor, you’ll be able to offer the highest quality self-defense education to draw more students to your martial arts, fitness, or personal safety programs.

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Expert Rating Online Self Defense

ExpertRating Online Self-Defense Course, leading to ExpertRating Self-Defense Certification, provides an opportunity to learn the tools and techniques of self-defense through this specialized course from one of the leaders in online skill testing and...

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ASFA - American Sports and Fitness Association

ASFA’s Self Defense Instructor Certification provides the experienced fitness professional with an extremely useful and highly desirable continuing education option. ASFA's Self Defense Instruction Certification focuses on simple, effective self-de...

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National Women's Martial Arts Federation

Since the early 1970s, the National Female's Martial Arts Federation has pioneered the development of self defense, uniting highly-trained martial artists to educate and train women to protect themselves against violence. They believe that women dese...

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Specialty Fitness Institute

This can be  an add-on or standalone program for any fitness trainer, community leader, or anyone who wants to make a difference. Plus you get a marketing guide to attract students.

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FAST Defense

The Standard Trainer Program (BIC) Level I Accreditation includes a full device kit for the ABCs of defense in just 3 days. All 3 Instructor guidebooks detail the ins and outs of how to effectively run a FDG Adult Level I course. Your training will b...

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R.A.D. Systems International

The cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lectures, discussion and training in self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes range from a minimum...

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New York Self Defense Academy

New York City Self Defense Academy is an independent branch/division of The World Safety And Security & Self Defense Academy. Trainers include leading specialists in safety, counter-terrorism, & protection. Founder & Principal Teacher Avi...

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Divas In Defense

They provide a complete company design to attract customers and efficiently run the Divas In Protection ® program in your location. The program is simple to learn and teach; it begins with the assumption that you have no previous protection training...

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Play It Safe- Self Defense Strategies for Women & Children

PlayItSafeDefense PE instructor self-defense certification is a 7.5 hour class for middle school and high school educators. 

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Model Mugging Self Defense

Instructor education is maintained by donations and volunteer assistance. Participants complete their training under the guidance of a qualified teacher trainer. Customized training may be an option on a case-by-case basis.

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Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors

An Overview of Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors

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Self Defense Instructor Career Overview

As a Self-defense instructor, you work with Personal Trainers, Health Club Managers, Martial Arts Instructors, and Police Officers. A broad foundation in close to home security, combative techniques, and cautious battling sets you up to help other pe...

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Concordia International University

The Taekwondo program is intended to prepare students to become expert instructors of Taekwondo who can handle individuals and team classes. They are additionally refined to effectively lead students as they experience the various degrees of the prog...

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World Taekwondo Masters Union

This program is created to boost the instructor’s credentials with a standardized educational program as well as making sure all instructors throughout the globe are well-informed, experienced and efficient in delivering the Kukkiwon Taekwondo prog...

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ATA International

ATA has created an extensive instructor training course to guarantee that trainers are professionally competent. Prior to being certified, black belts invest 2-3 years as instructor trainees, throughout which time they are called on to educate a mini...

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Lee’s ATA Martial Arts

The ATA Legacy Instructor Training course involves four steps to be a certified instructor, and each step has its demands and level of capabilities. Anybody may sign up for the Legacy Instructor Training program, however, a trainee should be at least...

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United World Taekwondo Association

UWTA provides several club programs that assist not just the individual, but encourage trainees in the importance of giving back.

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Korean Academy of Taekwondo Online

KAT provides an extensive instructor training program that consists of CPR/first aid, anatomy and physiology, injury avoidance, public speaking, learning styles, dealing with ADHD and learning disibilities, inspirational abilities, and more. The prog...

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United States Taekwondo Association

The USTA provides a variety of services as well as assistance for individuals and also organizations. This includes the Instructor Certification program and also Instructor/Master Training program.

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Self Defense Instructor Groups

There is always the option to contact your local gym or training center to find fellow martial artists, but a group is a wonderful place to find a mentor or new students to train.

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Self Defense Instructor Certification

Obtaining your self-defense instructor license can be done online. Following in-person classes of your chosen style of fighting, there are 4 steps to getting your certification online.

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Self Defense Instructor Associations

Becoming involved with a self-defense association is a great way to ensure your needs are met as an instructor,. 

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Jujitsu Instructor Career Overview

The art of Jujitsu originates in Brazil and is a style of grappling developed by changing the techniques of Japanese Judo and classical Japanese Jujitsu to place greater emphasis on leverage.  Because Brazilian Jujitsu has been such a hit in mixed m...

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Jujitsu Instructor Networking Groups

There is always the option to contact your local gym or training center to find fellow martial artists, although social media will provide many groups as well. These groups are a good way to meet a mentor, make new friends who are also interested in ...

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Jujitsu Instructor Training

A person looking to obtain a Jujitsu instructor license will know from years of belt training that it is not simple, but not complicated, either. It takes more than a black belt.

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Jujitsu Instructor Associations

Throughout the United States there are many Jujitsu associations.

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American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA)

An Overview of American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA)

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International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation

The athletes and instructors certified by IBJJF have their belt rank recognized by an official sports organization. To be certified as a black belt by IBJJF, the athlete or instructor must complete the necessary requirements outlined on the federatio...

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University of Jiu-Jitsu

Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Instructors Course

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Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu

Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu offers its course two times a year for all affiliation members and potential candidates wanting to learn the Ribeiro System.Designed by Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, the course provides all the Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals that will help you t...

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Northwest Fighting Arts

The Gracie Academy provides instructor certification in the fighting arts at five different levels. To earn a "level one" instructor status, you'll need to pass the Gracie Academy blue belt test with a score that exceeds 90. You'll then need to visit...

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Gracie University

All Qualified Training Centers mirror that of the Gracie College Headquarters in Torrance, CA, in the Trainer Qualification Program. Through this strenuous and highly-comprehensive program, students are introduced to the training techniques and progr...

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American Ju-Jitsu Association

An Overview of American Ju-Jitsu Association

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Caio Terra Association

An Overview of Caio Terra Association

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United States Ju-jitsu Federation (usjjf)

An Overview of United States Ju-jitsu Federation (USJJF)

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United States of America Traditional Kodokan Judo

The primary reason for certified coaches is to to train judo coaches in standard coaching techniques. A coaching certification doesn't imply that you are a coach of the USA-TKJ Team or that the certification will prompt such an arrangement. Certifica...

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USJF National Teachers Institute

USJF Teachers Institute Teachers Certification and re-certification can be done through distance learning and online courses.

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USJF The Informed Coach

The USJF has endorsed this national certificate program as a way to build up the coaching skills of the grassroots instructor up through Olympic/World level coaching. The USJF National Coach Certification can be taken through online courses. The cert...

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United States Judo Association (USJA)

An Overview of United States Judo Association (USJA)

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United States Judo Federation (USJF)

An Overview of United States Judo Federation (USJF)

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Delaware Judo & Ju-Jitsu Association (DJJA)

An Overview of Delaware Judo & Ju-Jitsu Association (DJJA)

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United States of America Traditional Kodokan Judo (USA-TKJ)

An Overview of United States of America Traditional Kodokan Judo (USA-TKJ)

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Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA)

An Overview of Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA)

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Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI)

An Overview of Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI)

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Rick Tew

The Rick Tew NinjaGym course teaches you how to be a well-rounded martial artist and Ninja-MMA Instructor. Improve your skills in teaching while also focusing on different areas of martial arts. 

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National Personal Training Association

Martial arts give you practical self-defense skills, however, they additionally provide great exercise. The association offers quick, convenient and 100% online Martial Arts Certification. 

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Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association

Your MMA Conditioning Coach Training and Certification Course is delivered through a best-in-class 100% online learning system. As a "Certified MMA Conditioning Coach" you will learn from some of the top specialists in the world: Exercise physiology,...

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Point MMA

This program is intended to meet the developing requirements for skilled martial arts competitors who desire to be their best both in the ring and their school. At the end of the of the course you will be a PMMA Certified Instructor. The course offer...

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Life Time Academy

This program delivers the martial arts training that a MMA contender needs to prepare and compete at the highest level.

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Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association

An Overview of Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association 

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United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation

An Overview of United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation

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9 Dragons Kung Fu

This 18-month program is intended for students who wish to build the necessary skills to become a Kung Fu instructor and/or operate their own martial arts academy. Training focuses on not just the physical and martial abilities to teach, but also the...

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United Kung Fu

This program is for students who want a career as a professional Martial Artist, and those students who want the skill sets of a professional instructor to advance their career overall life by living the principles of Kung Fu in their everyday lives.

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Chan's Kung Fu School

Chan's Kung Fu School offers Wing Chun or Jow Ga home study programs and instructor certification programs for people looking for training and certification.

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Udemy

Become a Certified Dragon Kung Fu Master/Instructor.

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Karate Instructor Schools

Qualifications for Karate Instructors vary widely, but a common route into the profession is attaining the top rank in the discipline - the black belt - as well as experience assisting the head instructor in teaching newer students. An instructor mus...

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The Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA)

The MATA Instructor Certification Course was created to ensure the relationship between the educator and student is as beneficial and professional as can be. Learn the skills needed to become an effective instructor in the martial arts.

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World Fighting Martial Arts Federation

The Instructor Certification and its corresponding training course was created by the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF) to promote a standard for teaching martial arts at various locations, such as martial arts schools, network offices, ...

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GKR Karate

To be a GKR Karate certified teacher, an individual must embrace a three phase program. GKR Karate requires its teachers to be of acceptable character, and background checks ensure their educators are qualified to teach youngsters.

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USA Karate Officials

The USA Karate Officials program offers classes, instruction and affirmation by its USA Karate Referee Committee Members. USA Karate also broadens its educational and confirmation outreach training to nearby programs by assigning USA Karate Instructo...

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Karate Instructor Networking Groups

There are some great groups for Karate Instructors on the Internet. These groups are a good place for discussion and for instructors new to the field to seek advice. 

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Aikido Instructor Career Overview

Aikido instructors teach students the methods and philosophy underpinning the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which is described by its creator as "a way of practitioners defending themselves while also protecting their attackers from injury." Its te...

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Karate Instructor Associations

There are a few highly regarded associations for Karate instructors. The World Karate Federation (WKF), established in 1990, is the largest international Karate governing body with 191 member countries and is the only Karate federation recognized by ...

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Vero Beach Karate Association

An Overview of Vero Beach Karate Association

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Camp Carter International Karate Association

An Overview of Camp Carter International Karate Association

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The International San Ten Karate Association (ISKA)

An Overview of The International San Ten Karate Association (ISKA)

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The International Traditional Karate Association (ITKA)

An Overview of The International Traditional Karate Association (ITKA)

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California Karate Association

An Overview of California Karate Association

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JKA Hawaii

An Overview of JKA Hawaii

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Shotokan Karate of America

An Overview of Shotokan Karate of America

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American Karate Association

An Overview of American Karate Association

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Aikido Instructor Associations

There are a few helpful associations for Aikido Instructors, where you can gain great insight into the career. One of note is The International Aikido Federation which has operated since 1976 and has members in over 40 nations. 

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Aikido Instructor Schools

Certification varies from school to school, and many have their own certification system and specific courses for instructors. Organizations like the American Martial Arts Certified Professionals exist, and some schools will require the completion of...

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Aikido Instructor Networking Groups

Groups for Aikido Instructors can be found on Facebook and provide a great resource for new instructors and seasoned pros alike.

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Aikido of South Florida

Aikido of South Florida is one of only a few dojos in the United States that offer a uchideshi program to students all around the globe. They have trained remote students from Japan, Germany, Israel, Canada, South America and throughout the United St...

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North Valley Aikikai

The Kenshusei (Teacher Apprenticeship) program is for students who wish to develop their training in a thorough learning environment. The program is for one year, after which re-application is required. The Kenshusei program offers training to be a p...

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Boulder Ki Aikido

Boulder Ki Aikido, in a joint effort with Rocky Mountain Ki Society (RMKS), is pleased to have Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei— who holds an eighth-degree black belt, Okuden in Ki Development, and Chief Instructor of Midland Ki Federation (MKF) — present...

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Newport Beach Aikido

Training is focused on discipline, skills and ministering to other people. Through development of the body and soul, these "uchideshi" – students -- look to build genuine quality and intelligence.

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Aikido in Fredericksburg

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will have the basic information and skills to be powerful educators of Aikido. The aim of the course is to call attention to subtleties that are useful in educating future Aikido students. 

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Aikido Institute Davis

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to be powerful teachers of Aikido. 

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Aikido Kenkyukai Hollywood

As a Deshi (student), you'll participate in a Teacher Training Program that explores theory as well as experience to set you up for opening your own dojo.

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Aikido Doshinokai Association

An Overview of Aikido Doshinokai Association

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United States Aikido Federation

An Overview of United States Aikido Federation

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The Aikido Kokikai Federation USA

An Overview of The Aikido Kokikai Federation USA

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The Aikido Association International (AAI)

An Overview of The Aikido Association International (AAI)

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