Are Your Martial Arts Assistant Instructors Employees?

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Are Your Martial Arts Assistant Instructors Employees?

Action Step #5: Plan Your Meeting Schedule

There are a variety of ways to conduct effective staff-training programs. As a suggestion on how to get started:

  1. Hold a one or two-hour staff training “kick-off” on a Saturday or Sunday, where you’re going to outline your goals and start your first training session (Suggested topic: How to Make the School Look Ready for Classes, at Level 10).
  2. Then hold one 30-minute group staff training session each week, where you spend:
  • five-minutes recapping the last meeting,
  • 8 to 10-minutes explaining the new topic and what excellence means for that topic,
  • 8 to 10-minutes practicing the new skills… and then the remainder of the time getting group feedback on the session.


  1. Follow those meetings up with a number of 2 to 5 minute daily (or nightly) tune-in meetings and short pre-shift meetings to keep everyone focused on the desired performance level and outcome.


Get out your calendar and plan a month of meetings at a time. Begin that process anew each month so that you can clearly evaluate your progress to date and adjust your approach if needed.

Action Step #6: Find Role Models of Excellence

Over the course of the next 30-days, it’s your mission to find at least two role models of excellent service. One of those can be within the martial arts industry and one can be outside of the industry. 

Chances are you’ll find more role models of how not to achieve excellence, as there is indeed a massive difference between good service and excellent service. It is a wide gap, almost as big as the giant distance between a professionally trained staff and an untrained one.

By taking the Six Action Steps defined in this report, you have begun the process of building a bridge between the two. Tony Robbins calls it: “Taking massive action.” After taking massive action –you see what happens, adjust your course if need be —and then take more action.