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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.

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  • Is Crowdfunding for Martial Arts Right for You?

    Do you want to open a school, but are short on cash? Do you have an idea for a martial arts or fitness related app but don’t have the money to develop it? Do you have a competition team that needs funds for travel? Martial arts crowdfunding might be the help you need.

    Crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have helped thousands of people with crowdfunding for startup businesses.

    Below are five steps to take if you’re considering Crowdfunding.

    Here are some pretty cool examples to stimulate your thinking.

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