Warm-Up Tips

Instructor Tip: Create a systematic format for your warm-up routines and see better results! I have been teaching Martial Arts for 20 years. One thing I did not incorporate for many years was a systematic structure for our warm-up routines. Each day I spent a significant amount of time trying to create a warm-up routine that was different from the …

Instructor Mindset: Building Good Behavior and Responsibilities Within Children

By Melody Shuman Fact: If you stick with the common “old school” teaching method, chances are you will limit your results with today’s youthful generation… A well-known professor and author of behavioral science, Douglas McGregor, examined the methods for prompting proper behavior, and concluded that there are two types of theories that people hold regarding the way behavior and responsibility …

SKILLZ 10 Week Testing Cycle

Overview of SKILLZ 10-Week Testing Cycle     Almost every Martial Arts school operates with some sort of testing cycle. A testing cycle is the period in which the student learns rank-specific curriculum, and then “performs” or “tests” on that curriculum in a formal or informal setting in order to advance to the next belt rank. Most school’s testing cycle …

The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ

The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ When I started martial arts in 1987 as an 11-year old, things were very different. Kids and adults trained side-by-side and everyone tested on the same material for their belt, regardless of age. Needless to say, kids usually didn’t make it very far before dropping out because the training became too challenging. (Except for …

Finding and Fostering Talent

Finding instructors today is not like shooting fish in a bucket. Today’s professional landscape is not like it was 10 years ago. Sure, an impactful size of the millennial employee market is very soft, but the rest are ambitious beyond what we’ve seen, and they have the goods to back it up. With that said, you need to step it …

Do’s & Don’ts for Playing Games in Class

Do’s and Don’ts for Playing Games in Class Depending on the Martial Arts instructor, you’ll either hear they are a raving fan of games in class, or they think games don’t belong in the dojo. I agree that some people excessively play games with little or no focus on skill development. However, I also believe that if done properly, games …

Class Planning 101

Class Planning 101 Teaching a Martial Arts class without planning is like heading cross-country without a map. You can do it, but chances are you are not always going to take the best route. Class planning is essential because it gives you a clear sense of what you are trying to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it. …

The New “Old School” Children’s Martial Arts Programs (Part 2)

Instructor Mindset: The New “Old School” Children’s Martial Arts Programs (Part 2)  In my last blog, I broke down the New “Old School” vs. the “New School” Preschool Program. I mentioned that I started training in the Martial Arts back in 1987 when it was common for most Martial Arts schools to combine kids and adults into one class. Starting …

The New “Old School” Children’s Martial Arts Programs (Part 1)

Being a Veteran Martial Artist who started training in 1987, I have witness many changes and innovations within the industry, including the progressive transition from all age classes to age-specific classes. What I have also discovered is that many schools are stuck in the middle. In this blog, I am going to share some important facts that may motivate some …