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The Martial Arts Teacher of Teachers

“On his path of inspiration, motivation, and unparalleled success, John Graden has had a profound impact on the manner in which thousands of martial arts are operated worldwide.” — Martial Arts World magazine

WHO ARE MATA MEMBERS?

Black belts working hard to create a great living for their families so they can focus on their passion for changing lives through their schools.

Earn more income

Learn how to create the revenue that you deserve for your hard work and the life-long benefits you provide your students.

Enroll more students

We’ll show you the programs to offer to move a stranger to a student and a student to a black belt and staff instructors.

Become the "go to" school

Learn how to become the school people think of and talk about when “martial arts” are mentioned in your town or area.

Recent MATA Certification Graduates

The MATA Instructor Certification Program provides teachers an effective process
to create and maintain a productive classroom environment.

“MATA is a professional and quality organization. I wanted my Instructors and myself to be certified by the best.”

— Sidney Burns, Blue Ridge Martial Arts

I am continually looking for ways to improve my teaching knowledge and the MATA Instructor’s Certification is one of the finest and most updated courses an instructor can take. I was impressed by the honesty of the content and detailed explanations of the various issues surrounding the teaching of Martial Arts these days.

“MATA is a professional and quality organization. I wanted my Instructors and myself to be certified by the best.”

— Sidney Burns, Blue Ridge Martial Arts

“Getting feedback on video from Mr. Graden was eye-opening. It was really helpful.”

Richard Brugger, Martial Arts for Life

LATEST NEWS AND TRENDS

How to Get Your Seminar Sponsored

How to Get Your Seminar Sponsored

While promoting free seminars can be good for creating awareness and traffic, it’s even better if you can get paid for it. Here is an example of how I got a local non-profit to sponsor a COBRA-Defense Children’s Abduction Prevention (CAP) seminar that I taught at...

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The Ugliest Fitness Apparel

The Ugliest Fitness Apparel

Video 1. Watch a nice BBC profile on a very pretty girl in a very ugly outfit. Video 2. Listen to a short audio clip from Sean Hannity as he describes his MMA training to Bill O'Reilly, who teases him about his "little white outfit." Question: What do you think?...

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Father Sues Karate School

Father Sues Karate School

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A father alleges his son's leg was broken in a karate class in Feb. 2018 is suing the school. A father sued the school and his son's training partner, alleging they "negligently" caused his son's injury. The suit, filed in state Supreme Court,...

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Student Blinded by Injury Sues Instructor and Facility

Student Blinded by Injury Sues Instructor and Facility

A beginner student called by an instructor to participate in a sword demonstration instead got an accidental blade through the eye that pierced his skull and left him blind, paralyzed and brain-damaged, according to a $9 million lawsuit filed against the teacher and...

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A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

https://vimeo.com/369583155 Live demo from COBRA-Defense Real Estate Agent Safety Seminar by Chris Sutton Here is a live demonstration of the realities of using a gun for self-defense. NOTE: The entire Real Estate Safety Seminar is available in the MATA Store. We see...

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How to Teach Sparring

How to Teach Sparring

This is a sample lesson from our MATA Certification Program. By John Graden From 1984 until about 1989, I was training three times a week in a dark, dirty boxing gym with retired world heavyweight kickboxing champion Joe Lewis. The only reason we would miss the...

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Father Sues Karate School

Father Sues Karate School

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A father alleges his son’s leg was broken in a karate class in Feb. 2018 is suing the school.

A father sued the school and his son’s training partner, alleging they “negligently” caused his son’s injury.

The suit, filed in state Supreme Court, St. George, seeks unspecified monetary damages.

According to a civil complaint, the plaintiff, a resident listed as “K.B.,” was practicing with another student identified only as “D.D.”

The complaint contends the plaintiff asked the other boy to “stop using a karate move,” but D.D. failed to listen to or hear him.

As a result, D.D. fractured the plaintiff’s leg, even though it should have been apparent he was hurting his partner, said the complaint.

The complaint alleges loud music inside the school distracted the defendant, and instructors didn’t supervise the boys properly.

The suit names the corporate name of the school, as a defendant, along with the workout partner through his mother.

The plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

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Student Blinded by Injury Sues Instructor and Facility

Student Blinded by Injury Sues Instructor and Facility

A beginner student called by an instructor to participate in a sword demonstration instead got an accidental blade through the eye that pierced his skull and left him blind, paralyzed and brain-damaged, according to a $9 million lawsuit filed against the teacher and his school in Oregon.
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Trump-onomics and Your Martial Arts School

Trump-onomics and Your Martial Arts School

According to CNBC, under President Trump, “the economy has achieved feats most experts thought impossible. GDP is growing at a 3 percent-plus rate and the unemployment rate is near a 50-year low.”

In addition, his tax cuts should help martial arts schools that are set up as S-corporations or LLCs as you will see a significant corporate tax cut with the rate dropping from 35% to 21%.  Here is a calculator to see how it may affect your business.

Each year, we look at the number of martial arts schools listed on InfoUSA.com. Since we started this in 2013, we’ve seen a steady decline in the number of martial arts schools in the USA. This year, however, we’ve seen a modest increase.

2013: 20,234
2016: 15,896 – 4,338
2017: 14,901 – 995
2018: 15,157 + 256

What’s also very interesting is that, according to Sports and Fitness Insurance Corp (SFIC) National Accounts Director, Jennifer Urmston, applications for martial arts schools is steady but not growing while applications for self-defense schools has increased significantly. Specifically, request for coverage of active shooter training has created a new market.

In fact, last week, I was asked to submit a proposal to train a Jewish Family organization with 500 employees and 10 locations in active shooter response. The proposal was for nearly $20,000. Thank you COBRA-Defense!

So how was business in 2018? Please comment and share your experience.

What Bill Cosby Can Teach You About Martial Arts School Insurance

What Bill Cosby Can Teach You About Martial Arts School Insurance

 

By John Graden

In 2018, Bill Cosby was convicted of a sexual assault from decades earlier. What does that have to do with your martial arts school?  

This is an important lesson on the distinction between a martial arts school insurance policy that is specific to a time frame and a policy that is specific to incidents

Claims Based Coverage is specific to a time frame. That time frame is usually limited to the duration of the policy.

Occurrence Based Coverage covers you for the time period of the policy and it continues to cover you for the legal statute on a covered claim.  

This should cover you years later, if the incident occurred during the occurrence period of the policy.  

A Claims Based Policy only covers you for claims that are made during that policies coverage period, which could be limited to the current year only.

Cosby’s situation, although in a whole different league, can provide some real-world clarity on this distinction.

An Occurrence Based Coverage probably would have covered him for the claim that occurred while the policy was active, even if it was years later.  

It is very important to consult an experienced insurance professional in the martial arts and fitness industry who knows about the coverage on these studio policies.

MATA recommends contacting Cathy Young Potter of Sports and Fitness Insurance Corp. (SFIC) at MATAInsurance.com or directly at 800.844.0536 Ext. 2250 cypotter@sportsfitness.com 

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