Martial Arts Instructor Certification
This is a 25 module online course that covers all areas of teaching from how to communicate with ADHD children to preventing sexual harassment scenarios.
A Black Belt is Not Enough
On average, it takes about 3-4 years to earn a black belt. Very little of that time is spent on the concepts of teaching and learning.
The MATA Instructor Certification Program provides teachers an effective process to create and maintain a productive classroom environment.
Not All Certifications Are Created Equally
Most certifications are style and skill based or a course created by a single person.
The MATA Certification was authored by 18 different veteran black belts who are also experts in their respective fields such as law, psychology, pedagogy, movement science, motivation, and communication.
Learn at Your Own Pace Online
The Principles of an Authoritative Instructor
Unit 1 Introduction: The Principles of an Authoritative Instructor
Unit 1: Four Keys to Giving Clear Directions to Students
Unit 2: Setting And Maintaining a Standard for Conduct
Unit 3: No Competition for Attention
Unit 4: No Rescues from Weak Answers
Unit 5: The Damage of False Praise
Unit 6: Is it, Name Question or Question Name?
Unit 7: Using Concise Language Patterns
Unit 8: Know and Use All of Your Tools
Unit 9: How to Calibrate Your Levels of Intervention
Unit 10: Module Exam. 75% required to pass.
"I had all my instructors certified.
"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
What's the benefit of getting MATA Certified?
Earning a certification accredited by the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association (MATA) shows you are committed to professional development as an instructor.
- You elevate yourself above the average “Black Belt Excellence” school.
- You establish your credentials
- You deepen your understanding of instruction and leadership
- You stay fresh and inspired
- You show your students that you “walk the talk” of excellence.
I'm already a black belt. Isn't that enough?
Earning a black belt typically means you’ve passed a test that demonstrates that you can remember and execute the techniques of your martial arts style.
A black belt does not mean that you have been trained in how to teach that style or any other.
Teaching is both an art and science that most martial arts instructors are never taught.
How convenient is the course?
You take the course at your pace 100% online for maximum convenience.
What score do I need to pass?
A score of 75% or above is a passing grade.
What if I don't pass?
If you do not pass you can take as many exam retakes as you need for free.
Who wrote the course modules?
We are proud of the fact that all material and exams have been created by a team of contributors holding the highest academic and martial arts accreditations.
What do I get upon successful completion of the course?
All successful graduates receive a beautiful, professionally designed 11 x 17 certificate that you can proudly display along with window decals and a badge you can display on your website.
How long does certification stay valid?
Your certification will remain active for two calendar years from the date you pass the exam.
Is there a final exam? If so, does it cost more?
Our Instructor Certification Exam is delivered during the course.
As you complete each Module, you will have to successfully pass that Modules’ exam.
Once you’ve finished all modules and exams, you have completed the MATA Instructor Certification program and you qualify to receive your certification.
How long before I receive my results?
We are pleased to provide our clients with free instant test grading, test results and certification.
How long does it take to get the certificate?
Upon successful completion, we’ll send you your 11 x 17 certificate along with some other items that will help you display your certification in your school and online.
Dr. B. Ann Boyce, Ph D.
Associate Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Virginia.
A TKD black belt, Dr. Boyce has been studying martial arts for nearly 40 years.
Module 1: How To Teach Martial Arts Skills
Sarah Chung, M.A.
Master of Arts in Human Kinetics with a specialization in Sport Psychology - Performance Enhancement at the University of Ottawa.
Ms. Chung has been a world class TKD competitor since 1987.
How to Conduct a Proper Warm Up
How to Conduct a Proper Cool Down
Sharon Spalding, M.Ed.
Sharon Spalding is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Specialist.
In 1995, she designed the fitness program for the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership.
The Proper Execution Of Calisthenics
The author of many bestselling books on personal and professional success, Brian Tracy is one of the world's premier speakers on the topics of leadership and success.
He began training in the martial arts in 1964 in Montreal and has trained under six world champions in his career.
The Power Of Motivation And Charisma in the Martial Arts Instructor
Tim Niiler, M.S.
Tim Niiler's masters thesis involved the study of the landing mechanics in wushu jump kicks.
Module 9: How To Teach Kicking Safely
Derenda Timmons-Schubert, Ph.D.
Dr. Schubert is a licensed psychologist with a special in child and family issues.
An active martial artist, she also served on the board for Martial Arts Fitness Center, Inc
Age Specific Teaching
Preschoolers to Adults: Teaching to Meet their Needs
Teaching Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
John Donohue, Ph.D.
Dr. Donohue holds a doctorat in anthropology with a research concentration in the cultural aspects of Japanese martial arts.
What Is A Healthy Martial Arts Hierarchy?
Module 17: Working with the Parents Of Students
Gianine D. Rosenblum, Ph.D.
Dr. Gianine Rosenblum received her masters and doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University and has been practicing martial arts since 1990.
Discipline, Praise and Punishment in the Martial Arts School
Module 28: Psychological Issues In Teaching Self-defense To Women
Founder of NAPMA, MATA, and the ACMA. 8th dan protege' of Joe Lewis
2. How to Structure Curriculum
3. How To Reduce Student Drop Out
11: How To Teach Sparring
Don Korzekwa, Ph.D
Don Korzekwa is a Licensed Psychologist and black belt living in Texas.
Working With the Parents of Students
Willy Pieter, Ph.D.
Dr. Willy Pieter set up the certification program for TKD instructors in the Netherlands in 1980, which received government recognition. His background is in the ITF and the WTF.
General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) and the Martial Arts
Tom Thompson, M.S.
Tom Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas.
Mr. Thompson also operated the Alpha Fitness Center in Dallas and has been training in martial arts since 1970.
Proper Execution Of Flexibility Exercises
Scot A. Conway, Esq.
Scot Conway is an attorney at law in California and the founder of Guardian Kempo Christian Martial Arts.
Teaching Character Skills
A Crash Course in Law
The Use and Maintenance of Safety Equipment
The Proper Use of Student Instructors
How to Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability
School Layout to Minimize Risk
The Importance of Water for Student Safety
The Proper Use of Release Forms