The MATA Certification Course
This is designed to provide martial arts instructors with universally recognized teaching methods. These modules were written by leading authorities in various fields such as Child Psychology and Motivation who are also black belts with years of martial arts experience.

Module 1The Principles of an Authoritative Instructor
Unit 1Introduction: What to Do vs What Not to Do 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Four Keys to Giving Clear Directions 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Setting And Maintaining a Standard for Conduct  - Preview 
Unit 4Lesson 3: No Competition 
Unit 5Lesson 4: No Rescues 
Unit 6Lesson 5: False Praise 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Name Question or Question Name? 
Unit 8Lesson 7: Use Clear, Concise Language 
Unit 9Lesson 8: Know and Use Your Natural Teaching Tools 
Unit 10Lesson 9: Levels of Intervention 
Unit 11EXAM: The Principles of an Authoritative Instructor 
Module 2How Students Learn-The Science of Teaching
Unit 1How Students Learn 
Unit 2Lesson 1: The Three Stages Of Learning 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Skill Explanations and Demonstrations 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Other Factors for Demonstrating 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Perfect Practice 
Unit 6Lesson 5: What to Teach and When to Teach It 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Class Structure 
Unit 8Lesson 7: Teaching for Transfer 
Unit 9Lesson 8: Two Types of Feedback 
Unit 10Lesson 9: Instructor Feedback -- Skill Correction 
Unit 11Lesson 10: Instructor Feedback — Motivating Students 
Unit 12Lesson 11: Feedback: Self-Correct 
Unit 13Lesson 12: How to Vary the Degree of Difficulty 
Unit 14References 
Unit 15EXAM: Module 2–How Students Learn 
Module 3Curriculum Design
Unit 1How to Structure Your Curriculum: Introduction 
Unit 2Lesson 1 - Providing Instant Value 
Unit 3Lesson 2 - Managing Expectations 
Unit 4Lesson 3 - The Pyramid of Rank 
Unit 5Lesson 4 - Defining What You Want for Your Students 
Unit 6Lesson 5 - Less is Best 
Unit 7EXAM: Module 3–How to Structure Curriculum 
Module 4How to Increase Student Retention
Unit 1How to Increase Student Retention 
Unit 2Lesson 1: The Dungeon Dojo 
Unit 3Lesson 2: People Are Busy 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Why Students Get Bored 
Unit 5EXAM: Module 4–How to Increase Retention 
Module 5Principles of a Good Warm-Up
Unit 1How to Conduct a Proper Warm-Up 
Unit 2Lesson 1: What Is "Warming Up"? 
Unit 3Lesson 2: The Purpose of Warming Up 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Stretching 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Calisthenics 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Customizing Warm-Ups 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Warm-Up Guidelines 
Unit 8EXAM: Module 5–Proper Warmup 
Module 6How to Teach Calisthenics Safely
Unit 1Proper Execution of Calisthenics 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Warm-Up Phase of Class and Calisthenics 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Specificity and Progressive Overload 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Safety Issues in Calisthenics 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Key Points About Proper Use Of Calisthenics 
Unit 6EXAM: M6–How to Teach Calisthenics 
Module 7Proper Execution of Flexibility Exercises
Unit 1Proper Execution of Flexibility Exercises 
Unit 2Lesson 1: What is Flexibility? 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Factors Limiting Flexibility 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Types of Stretching 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Stretching Guidelines 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Flexibility Exercises 
Unit 7Summary and References 
Unit 8EXAM: M7–Flexibility 
Module 8How to Conduct Cool Downs Safely
Unit 1How to Conduct a Proper Cool-Down 
Unit 2Lesson 1: What Is a Cool-Down? 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Modifications 
Unit 4Lesson 3 Cool-Down Guidelines 
Unit 5EXAM: M8–Cool Downs 
Module 9How to Avoid Over-Training
Unit 1Introduction: General Adaptation Syndrome 
Unit 2Lesson 1: The Three Stages Of The General Adaptation Syndrome 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Training Principles 1 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Training Principles 2 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Recovery and Detraining Effects: Recovery 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Detraining Effects 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Detraining Effects on Instructors 
Unit 8Lesson 7: Ways to Help Offset Long-Term Detraining Effects 
Unit 9EXAM: M9–Over-Training 
Module 10How to Avoid Injury When Teaching Kicks
Unit 1How to Teach Kicking Safely 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Kicking Injuries 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Training Methods to Minimize Injury 
Unit 4Lesson 3 Advanced Kicking Techniques 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Summary and References 
Unit 6EXAM: M10–Kicking Safely 
Module 11How to Teach Sparring
Unit 1How to Teach Sparring 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Limited Sparring Drills 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Graduating to Head Contact 
Unit 4Lesson 3: How to Teach Sparring by Joe Lewis (Video Lesson) 
Unit 5EXAM: M11–How to Teach Sparring 
Module 12Teaching According to Age Groups
Unit 1Age Specific Teaching 
Unit 2Lesson 1: How Children Process Information 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Specific Age Groups: Preschoolers (Ages 4-6) 
Unit 4Lesson 3: School Age (Ages 7-12) 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Adolescent (Ages 13-17) 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Adults (Ages 18+) 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Piaget's Stages Of Cognitive Development 
Unit 8Lesson 7: Kohlberg's Stages Of Moral Development 
Unit 9Lesson 8: Memory 
Unit 10Lesson 9: Tips for Teaching 
Unit 11Lesson 10: Learning Styles 
Unit 12Summary and References 
Unit 13EXAM: M12–Teaching Age Groups 
Module 13How to Create a Healthy Martial Arts Hierarchy
Unit 1What is a Healthy Martial Arts Hierarchy? 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Pitfalls and Abuses 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Evaluating the Reasons for Hierarchy 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Why Hierarchy? 
Unit 5Lesson 4: The Problem with Superficial Responses 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Tradition, Accomplishment and Functionality Revisited 
Unit 7Lesson 6: A Healthy Hierarchy 
Unit 8Lesson 7: Order and Safety. 
Unit 9Lesson 8: Keeping Cool 
Unit 10Lesson 9: Remaining Open 
Unit 11Lesson 10: Pushing the Limit 
Unit 12Lesson 11: Tips For the Instructor 
Unit 13Lesson 12: Conclusion 
Unit 14EXAM: M13–Hierarchy 
Module 14The Power of Motivation And Charisma
Unit 1The Power Of Motivation and Charisma by Brian Tracy 
Unit 2Lesson 1: The Law of Attraction 
Unit 3Lesson 2: The Power of Purpose 
Unit 4Lesson 3: The Power of Self-Confidence 
Unit 5Lesson 4: The Power of Enthusiasm 
Unit 6Lesson 5: The Power of Excellence 
Unit 7Lesson 6: The Power of Preparation 
Unit 8Lesson 7: The Power of Self-Reliance 
Unit 9Lesson 8: The Power of Image 
Unit 10Lesson 9: The Power of Character 
Unit 11Lesson 10: The Power of Self-Discipline 
Unit 12Lesson 11: The Power of Extraordinary Performance 
Unit 13Summary 
Unit 14EXAM: M14–Charismatic Leadership 
Module 15Considerations in Praise, Discipline, and Class Control
Unit 1Lesson 1: What Is Discipline? 
Unit 2Lesson 2: What Is the Role of Discipline in the Martial Arts School? 
Unit 3Lesson 3: Using Praise and Reward to Encourage Discipline 
Unit 4Lesson 4: Key Elements for Encouraging Discipline in a Martial Arts Class 
Unit 5Lesson 5: Using Reinforcement Effectively 
Unit 6Lesson 6: The Difference Between Praise and Encouragement 
Unit 7Lesson 8: What to Do vs What Not to Do 
Unit 8Lesson 9 Four Keys to Giving Clear Directions 
Unit 9Lesson 10: Helping Students Internalize Discipline 
Unit 10Lesson 11: What Is Punishment? 
Unit 11Lesson 12: How Effective Is Punishment? 
Unit 12Lesson 13: When Is Punishment Useful? 
Unit 13Lesson 14: Acceptable Forms of Punishment 
Unit 14Lesson 15: Unacceptable Forms of Punishment in the Martial Arts Class 
Unit 15Lesson 16: Using Punishment Effectively 
Unit 16Lesson 17: Keys to Effective Punishment and References 
Unit 17EXAM: M15–Praise and Punishment 
Module 16How to Teach Life Skills
Unit 1Teaching Life Skills 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Be a Role Model 
Unit 3Lesson 2: The Difference between Showing and Telling 
Unit 4Lesson 3: The Mistake of Telling the Wrong Stories 
Unit 5Lesson 4: How to Teach Life Skills 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Formulating Character-Trait Lessons 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Teaching Character Traits to Adults 
Unit 8Lesson 7: Is It Even My Job? 
Unit 9Lesson 8: The Case for Morality 
Unit 10EXAM: M16–Teaching Life Skills 
Module 17Teaching Children With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Unit 1Teaching Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder 
Unit 2Lesson 1: ADHD Definition 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Symptoms of ADHD 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Diagnosis and Treatment 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Prognosis 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Teaching Strategies 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Four Basic Teaching Strategies For ADHD Children 
Unit 8EXAM: M17–Teaching ADHD Students 
Module 18Working with Parents
Unit 1Working with the Parents Of Students 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Establishing the Relationship 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Responding to Questions and Concerns 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Gathering Relevant Information 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Responding to Expectations Related to Problem Behaviors 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Maintaining the Relationship 
Unit 7Lesson 6: The Rarely Seen Parents 
Unit 8Lesson 7: The Highly Involved Parents 
Unit 9Lesson 8: Concerns about Belt-Rank Promotion 
Unit 10Lesson 9: Creating Opportunities for Communication 
Unit 11Lesson 10: Summary 
Unit 12EXAM: M18–Working with Parents 
Module 19How to Teach Self-Defense Safely
Unit 1Introduction - How to Teach Self-Defense Safely 
Unit 2Lesson 1 - Considerations for Student Safety 
Unit 3Lesson 2 - The Rules of Engagement 
Unit 4Lesson 3 - Equipment Safety for Students and Bad Guys 
Unit 5Lesson 4 - Dealing with Body Types 
Unit 6Lesson 5 - Dealing with Personalities 
Unit 7Lesson 6 - Monitor Class for Safety 
Unit 8Lesson 7 - Communicate the Limits of What Can Be Done 
Unit 9Lesson 8 - Active Adrenaline, Tone, and Intensity 
Unit 10Lesson 9 - The Word for Stop! 
Unit 11Lesson 10 - Alternate Targets to Reduce Risk of Injury 
Unit 12Lesson 11 - Safety Tips for Firearm Related Drills 
Unit 13EXAM: M19–How To Teach Self-Defense Safely 
Module 20An Overview of Law for a Martial Arts School
Unit 1Lesson 1: Disclaimer: Self-Defense and the Law 
Unit 2Lesson 2: The Five Elements of the Law of Self Defense 
Unit 3Lesson 3 - Your Right to Self-Defense 
Unit 4Lesson 4: Defense of Others 
Unit 5Lesson 5: Defense of Property 
Unit 6Lesson 6: Illegal Defense 
Unit 7Lesson 7: Violent Crimes 
Unit 8Lesson 8: Murder and Manslaughter 
Unit 9Lesson 9: Criminal Procedure 
Unit 10Lesson 10: Civil Law: Contract 
Unit 11Lesson 11: Torts 
Unit 12Lesson 12: Battery 
Unit 13Lesson 13: Assault 
Unit 14Lesson 14: Wrongful Death 
Unit 15Lesson 15: False Imprisonment 
Unit 16Lesson 16: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress 
Unit 17Lesson 17: Defamation 
Unit 18Lesson 18: Misrepresentation 
Unit 19EXAM: M20–An Overview of Law for a Martial Arts School 
Module 21How to Avoid Negligence and Liability
Unit 1Avoiding Negligence 
Unit 2Lesson 1: Avoiding Accidents 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Some Common Training-Area Dangers 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Safety of the Training Equipment 
Unit 5Lesson 4: Safety of the Training Techniques 
Unit 6Lesson 5: The Best Defense Is a Good Defense 
Unit 7Lesson 6: What If It Really Is Your Fault? 
Unit 8EXAM: M21–How to Avoid Negligence and Liability Course 
Module 22Considerations When Using Assistant Instructors
Unit 1Lesson 1: The $25,000 Volunteers 
Unit 2Lesson 2: Defending Against the State 
Unit 3Lesson 3: Use of Black Belts 
Unit 4Lesson 4: Owner Liability for Instructor Conduct 
Unit 5Lesson 5: Leaving Minors in Charge 
Unit 6Lesson 6: Protecting the Students 
Unit 7Lesson 7: A Note to Student Instructors 
Unit 8Lesson 8: Proper Use of Student Instructors 
Unit 9EXAM: M22–The Proper Use of Student Instructors 
Module 23Sexual Harassment Liability
Unit 1Lesson 1: Introduction 
Unit 2Lesson 2: Problems 
Unit 3Lesson 3: Defining Sexual Harassment 
Unit 4Lesson 4: Sexual Harassment and the Law 
Unit 5Lesson 5: Sexual Battery 
Unit 6Lesson 6: Child Molestation 
Unit 7Lesson 7: Changing-Room Abuses 
Unit 8Lesson 8: Minors 
Unit 9Lesson 9: Disasters Waiting to Happen 
Unit 10Lesson 10: General Guidelines To Avoid Problems 
Unit 11EXAM: M23–How To Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability 
Module 24The Importance of Safety Equipment
Unit 1Lesson 1: The Use and Maintenance of Safety Equipment 
Unit 2Lesson 2: Use of Training Aids and Safety Equipment 
Unit 3Lesson 3: Safety Measures for Unsafe Lessons 
Unit 4Lesson 4: Maintenance of Safety Equipment 
Unit 5Lesson 5: Sparring 
Unit 6EXAM: M24–The Use And Maintenance of Safety Equipment 
Module 25The Proper Use of Injury Waiver Forms
Unit 1The Proper Use Of Release Forms 
Unit 2Lesson 1: When to Get a Form Signed 
Unit 3Lesson 2: Who Signs? 
Unit 4Lesson 3: Who Gets Copies? 
Unit 5Lesson 4: What About Loss? 
Unit 6Lesson 5: Content of a Sample Form 
Unit 7Lesson 6: Signatures and Initials 
Unit 8Lesson 7: Authority to Treat 
Unit 9Lesson 8: Advisory of Rights and Responsibilities 
Unit 10Lesson 9: Assumption of Responsibilities and Risk 
Unit 11Lesson 10: Notice of Physical Contact 
Unit 12Lesson 11: Consent to Physical Contact 
Unit 13Lesson 12: Indemnification by Parents 
Unit 14Lesson 13: Arbitration Clause 
Unit 15Lesson 14: Severability 
Unit 16Lesson 15: Durability 
Unit 17Lesson 16: How to Handle the Terror of the Forms 
Unit 18Sample Release Form 
Unit 19EXAM: M25–The Proper Use of Injury Release Forms 
Module 26How to Teach Sparring by Joe Lewis
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