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INSTRUCTOR'S OVERVIEW

The International Martial Art Alliance as industry leaders have outlined some of the elements that will assist new and seasoned martial art instructors get the most out of their martial arts career. Whether you are a part timer teaching for fun in your backyard / church hall or run a full time professional school using commercial premises you will find something to help you right here. Can't find what you are looking for? Call us!

This page is just an overview of the various areas we can help you whether it is starting up or improving the profitability and longevity of your martial art school irrespective of the style or type of operation there is something here to help you do it better. The video will play one each time you return to this page.


QUALIFICATIONS

This link gives you a better understanding of what skills are required to teach martial arts and how you can up skill

INSURANCE

Run Karate, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, BJJ Ju Jitsu, MMA, Tai Chi, Taekwondo classes?
It dosn't matter you can still get discounted martial arts insurance packages


INDUSTRY NEWS

Keep in touch with industry changes that might make you change the way you teach. Post your news and events
 

PROTECTION

Avoid threats to your club / business with simple policies and proceedures. Read up on risk management attend seminars and upskill.


GROUP BUYING

Martial Arts Australia has connected with many business partners to find you discounted products to run your club more profitably

ADVERTISING

Members find out how you can promote your school's events for free.
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STARTING OUT - OPENING YOUR FIRST SCHOOL AND NEED A HAND
This is the best place to go so you can look at our suggested 'check list' before you open your club. You want to make sure you have enough money/cash flow, you have the appropriate qualifications, a good business plan, reasonable expectations and most importantly you are protected in case someone tries to sue you. All this is covered in our 'Starting Out' section but you will find more information within the site that will help you in many other areas.

As a Peak Industry Body we highly recommend the new Australian Martial Arts Coaching Scheme 'AMACS' as we know exactly what has gone into it. Course levels go from 1 - 6 (starting with units of competency to a Diploma) so instructors can select the level they want to go for in a timely fashion.
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The chart below gives you a quick brief explaination of the 12 most requested topics to be answered -
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Match your qualifications with the industry standards Weapons licences -
are they required and where do you get them
Police Checks -
are they required
Working with Children checks - are they required
How much should you charge for classes How much should you expect to pay to rent a venue

What insurance is the most appropriate to have my school

Waivers - are they worth the paper they are written on
What sort of policies and proceedures should you have in place How can you advertise your school and events What are the best programs to teach What other income streams are available to other than tuition fees


Want to up skill your qualifications with government funded diploma courses?
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Business Sensei Column
This is the place to find Business Mentors and top end support from industry leaders.

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At last there is a Coaching Course especially tailored for School Owners
and assistant instructors that ticks all the boxes.

We believe what instructors need are OPTIONS for up skilling that take their present qualifications into consideration and offer pathways to expand their school / business by providing current and relevant course material. Over the years we have worked with numerous RTOs, other associations and individual instructors to develop resource material than can be integrated into various nationally recognised training certificates. As a Peak Industry Body we highly recommend the new Australian Martial Arts Coaching Scheme 'AMACS' as we know exactly what has gone into it. Course levels go from 1 - 6 (starting with units of competency to a Diploma) so instructors can select the level they want to go for in a timely fashion.

As this scheme is the most relevant course that meet today's requirements for martial artists you should consider AMACS before doing the same old NCAS, you will be glad you did.

AMACS ticking all the boxes
*National Recognised Training
*Government recognised units of competency
*Endorsed by insurance companies
*Endorsed by the martial arts industry
*Created by leaders in the industry using new and existing material
*Specially selected course units relevant for today’s school owners
*Caters to the modern day and traditional martial artists
*Recognised Prior learning (RPL) is accepted
*Level 1—6 (up to Diploma)
*Open to all martial artists irrespective of grade
*No waiting for courses to be scheduled start anytime
*Flexible delivery (online and face to face in all states)
*Additional resource material for free (SEO marketing, school operations etc)
*Each level you do contributes to a higher certificate
*Mix and match units to meet and expand your individual career pathway
*Special partner program for chief instructors
*Level 1 from $25.00

 

 

 

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Before you go off to any of those other sections continue reading below to identify your position in the industry and potentially where you stand or where you want to move to.

The industry has come a long way in the 35 years that I have been involved in it and it will continue to grow and diversify. Students now demand more for their buck, they want more than just one style they expect it all. Gyms are doing very well because they now include martial arts style cardio workouts as well as weights, yoga etc. Will these students learn any real martial arts skills? Probably not but they think they are so they will keep going. Martial arts school owners need to change to compete as the general public has been exposed to so much variety we have to offer them more too. Now is probably a good time to evaluate your status as a martial art instructor and decide where you want to go. The growth and changes are far beyond any one individual or group, it is just progress and it can't be stopped we just have to adjust. Some instructors will have to change their philosophy and teaching methods or stop teaching but I believe there is a place for everyone if you know where you stand.

I have divided up instructors into three categories: Private/Family Club (small), Semi Commercial Club (small-medium) and Full Commercial Centre (medium-large). I personally have schools working in all three areas and of course know the status of our IMA members too. It is with a considerable amount of experience and knowledge that I present martial art schools in this manner.

Private/Family Club: (low priority for government regulation)
Position: An instructor who works from home only and does not hire any external venue.

Potential Concern: This instructor may not be qualified to teach and could be a danger to the students. Inappropriate teaching methods may result in student injuries or death. These instructors generally do not or can not obtain insurance to cover students unless they have a purpose built training facility on their property.

Can the Instructor still operate in the future? Instructors have been teaching like this for decades and will so for many more decades undisturbed unless a student perhaps gets hurt lodges a lawsuit, then things might change. Or in the future there maybe a new law to prevent backyard operations unless they meet a certain criteria.

Obligations: All instructors/mentors have a duty of care to their students even in your backyard.
(1) Stay as you are but keep in the loop by being part of an industry group / association if you qualify but remember your duty to your students. Don't complain when you see commercial schools drawing lots of students.

(2) Look at ways to upgrade your skills and qualifications. Cross train with other instructors to keep your skills current and perhaps expand your knowledge. Enrol in the new nationally recognized qualifications. Find out how you can expand your student base by hiring venues and increase your revenue.

Semi Commercial Club (low-medium priority for government regulation) Position: An instructor who works out of a local hall or community centre hiring a venue.

Potential Concern: This instructor may not be qualified to teach and could be a danger to the students just like the home operator. Most venue hire places will not ask a person if they are a qualified teacher of the particular activity they are running. However they are becoming more and more diligent in making sure the operator has their own insurance. It is also getting harder for instructors to obtain insurance unless they can substantiate they have what is deemed as acceptable qualifications /certification.

Can the Instructor still operate in the future? Instructors have been teaching like this for decades and some schools have already been shut down through a number of reasons; relating to non compliance to insurance and not having the appropriate qualifications /certification.

Obligations: All instructors/mentors have a duty of care to their students especially in the public arena (hired venues), because there is much more chance of litigation.
(1) Stay as you are but keep in the loop by being part of an industry group / association if you qualify but remember your duty to your students. Don't complain when you see gyms and full time commercial schools drawing lots of members.

(2) Look at ways to upgrade your skills and qualifications. Cross train with other instructors to keep your skills current and perhaps expand your knowledge. Enrol in the new nationally recognized qualifications. Find out how you can expand your student base by offering government recognized programs.

Full Commercial Centre (medium-large priority for government regulation) Position: An instructor who works out of a full time centre who is either leasing or buying it.

Potential Concern: This instructor may not be qualified to teach and could be a danger to the students just like any other operator. However new workpcover laws (fines up to $250,000 and jail terms) for safety breaches may make an operator work more professionally.

Can the Instructor still operate in the future? Instructors have been teaching like this for decades and some schools have been shut down through a number of reasons; not meeting council or workplace safety requirements etc.

Obligations: All instructors/mentors have a duty of care and to adhere to workplace safety laws.
(1) Stay as you are but keep in the loop by being part of an industry group / association if you qualify but remember your duty to your students.

(2) Look at ways to upgrade your skills and qualifications. Cross train with other instructors to keep your skills current and perhaps expand your knowledge. Enrol in the new nationally recognized qualifications. Find out how you can expand your student base by offering government recognized programs.

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