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John Graden

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

1. How to Get Paid.

Consider researching and applying for Federal aid to be part of your job description. Below are links to the most important resources.

2 Get Your School Involved in Your Community. 

Find local organizations you can align your school with to help the community during this time of need.

For instance, many families depend on school lunch for a child’s meal. No school means no meal.

Find a church that is helping these families and encourage your students to join in the effort.

e. Create an FAQ specific to the concerns of your students.

3. Be Proactive in Providing Information

Update your email list, website and/or Facebook page with:

a. Online class times.

b. Your plans to help students get back to class when permitted.

c. Your contact info to let students know that you are always available for them.

d. Update your Google My Business listing with a COVID-19 post.

e. Download the Google My Business app and turn on messaging as a way to help your customers reach you.

4. Review Your Curriculum

One way to create excitement about returning to class is the prospect of learning something new and exciting. How to Evaluate Your Curriculum video.

5. Get MATA Certified

Many owners are taking advantage of downtime to upgrade their teaching skills with the MATA Instructor Certification program (MATACertification.com)

MATA is not providing legal advice and takes zero responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.

How to Apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The PPP is from the federally funded U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a loan designed through the CARES Act 2020 to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

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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