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11. A Plan for Reopening Your Martial Arts School Post COVID-19


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MATA Martial Arts Instructor Certification Course

Module 21-The Proper Use of Student Instructors

by Scot Conway, Esquire

The $25,000 Volunteers

Excerpt from the Martial Arts Instructor Certification Course:

Using upper ranks to teach classes has been a long-standing martial arts tradition. But, is it legal?

A California instructor had his black belts teaching under-rank classes at his studio. In exchange, he no longer charged them tuition.

This continued until one fateful day when the owner and a black belt student had a disagreement.

The vindictive student contacted the California Labor Board and reported that his instructor had been employing assistants by requiring that they teach classes each week.

This can constitute an Employer – Worker relationship. The only thing missing was payment for the workers and the taxes the government would collect if they were being paid.

The State of California investigators concluded that the owner, over the years, had a total of 25 black belts teach classes.

They defined them as uncompensated employees, which is illegal under the laws of California, and fined the instructor $1,000 per incident.

The final bill: $25,000 for the volunteers.

Lesson: Know your state laws regarding utilizing assistant instructors.

MATA Podcast 11

A Plan to Reopen Your Martial Arts School

How to connect with your current students and attract new students when your martial arts school reopens post COVID-19.

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How to connect with your current students and attract new students when your martial arts school reopens post COVID-19.

3:40 Shoot video message to inform and invite your students back

4:00 New class structure 

4:55 Attire for students

6:00 Curriculum Upgrade Overview

6:15 Update Waiver

6:40 Update Schedule for social distancing

7:30 Solution for schedule

9:00 Advanced Technique

10:15 Be the upbeat leader

11:00 Curriculum overview

15:00 Kata for repetition?

Hosts & Guests

John Graden

Tony Robbins

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