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John Graden

John Graden

Executive Director

John Graden led the martial arts into the modern era by creating the first professional association, trade journal & instructors certification program.

Take this Time to Reflect, Review, and Retool Your School

COVID-19 shutdowns should end in May 2020. That is at the front of the slowest time of the year for martial arts schools. Here are three programs that can help you to get your school back on track fast.

The goal is always to “Turn a negative into a positive.” This shutdown gives you time to reflect, review, and retool your school. You must be PROACTIVE in creating new and exciting programs to motivate your students to come back.

After-School Program

According to CARE.com, the average family pays $238 a WEEK for after-school care. Again, that’s many times more than a standard evening students’ tuition. Next week’s podcast will be devoted to planning, launching, and profiting from a successful after-school program.

Many of your students are ALREADY in after-school programs. Why not pay you instead? It will help the family by combining two destinations, two activities and two bills into one.

MATAPodcast.com

COMING SOON: After-School Professional Certification Course

3 Reasons to Host a Summer Camp

After-School Downloads

After-School Compliance Quiz

How to Charge for Parents Night Out

Why is Crossfit Now Offerring After-School Programs?

$500k per Year Teaching One After-School Class a Day

Questions to Ask Before Buying into a Martial Arts After-School Program

5 Steps to 50 After-School and Summer Camp Students

Curriculum Upgrade

If you are planning on simply “returning to normal,” you are setting yourself up for a huge letdown. Students will NOT fill your school as fast as they emptied your school. You NEED something new and exciting to attract them back. Empower Kickboxing (EKB) is the ideal curriculum to create excitement about returning to your school. .

Here are some sample lesson plans. EKB classes are for ALL RANKS. The only separation is a kid’s class and an adult class. Otherwise, all ranks train in the same class together. This will dramatically reduce your workload and help students to lock in a weekly attendance schedule that will not change as they move up in rank.

EmpowerKickboxing.com

Click to see: How to Evaluate Your Curriculum

Notice Tyson’s hand is by his face, not his hip.

His chin is down instead of up.

His shoulder is up instead of pulled back.

His body is sideways to his opponent instead of squared off.

His legs are under his body not spread apart like he was riding a horse.

With this kind of form, he would fail his orange belt exam in most schools. 

How does that make any sense?

Sensei Tyson?

If Mike Tyson or a world champion kickboxer came to your school to teach your black belts. What do you think he would work on? Double punches, square blocks, and keeping your chin up?

I’m pretty sure he would emphasize head movement, how to snap your punches and a defense that does NOT include pulling your punch back to your hip.

I’m sure the students would learn advanced applications to adjust for different fighters. Notice I said advanced applications, not advanced strikes.

When you focus on application, you can apply that to almost any technique.

For instance, if the drill is about how to fight a taller fighter, the answer is more about footwork to stay on the outside until you can secure quick access. My brothers are 6′ 3″ and 6′ 4″ so I know something about fighting a taller opponent.

Drills that teach that application do not require complexity. They require simplicity.

The more complex a skill becomes, the less chance it can be used. Have you ever seen a double punch? Only in kata and here:

If you eliminated all kata and traditional skills, you could devote that time to drills and conditioning that would give your students a true advantage in sparring or self-defense.

Imagine teaching fewer skills that are easy to teach and learn than traditional skills and kata.

You could spend more time on the application of those skills rather than stepping up and down the classroom and holding blocks and punches out in the air, which leaves you wide open for a counterattack.

Rather than spending student’s time with the complexity and frustration of spending years perfecting the bad habits of pulling their hand back to their hip, keeping their chin up, aiming and holding a punch in the air, and blocking with power while stepping forward, your retention will improve. Your student quality will improve. Your curriculum consistency will improve.

This is the core of our white to black belt curriculum Empower Kickboxing.

It’s an old saying, but true. “Less is best.”

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3 Comments

  1. Chris

    Like more information on your programs.

  2. Chris Ost

    John, thank you for the information. I would like to set up a time to talk with you one on one before moving forward.

    Thank You

    • John Graden

      Do you want to set up a call for later today?