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What You Are Going To Learn

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Section I: The Science of Teaching

1. How to Teach Martial Arts Skills by Dr. Ann Boyce, Ph. D.

2. How to Structure Your Curriculum by John Graden

3. How to Reduce Student Drop Out by John Graden

Section III: Psychology

12. Teaching Strategies by Age Group by Dr. Derenda Timmons Schubert, Ph. D.

13. How to Instill a Sense of Purpose in Your Students by Joe Lewis

14. How to Create a Healthy Hierarchy System by John Donohue, Ph.D.

15. The Power of Motivation and Charisma by Brian Tracy

16. Discipline, Praise, and Punishment by Gianine D. Rosenblum, Ph.D.

17. Teaching Character Skills Responsibly by Scot Conway, Esquire

18. Teaching Students with ADHD byDr. Derenda Timmons Schubert, Ph. D.

19. Working with Parents by Dr. Don Korzekwa, Ph. D.

Section II: Physiology

4. How to Conduct a Proper Warm-Up by Sarah Chung, M.A.

5. The Proper Execution of Calisthenics by Sharon B. Spalding, M. Ed.

6. The Proper Execution of  Flexibility Exercises by Tom. Thompson M.S.

7. How to Conduct a Proper Cool-Down by Sarah Chung, M.A.

8. Understanding General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) by Willy Pieter, Ph.D.

9. How to Teach Kicking Safely by Tim Niiler, M.S.

10. How to Teach Self-Defense Safely by Tim Rockford

11. How to Sparring by John Graden

Section IV: Risk Management

20. Crash Course in Law by Scot Conway, Esquire

21. Avoiding Negligence by Scot Conway, Esquire

22. Use and Maintenance of Equipment by Scot Conway, Esquire

23. Proper Use of Student Instructors by Scot Conway, Esquire

24. How to Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability by Scot Conway, Esquire

25. School Layout to Minimize Risk by Scot Conway, Esquire

26. Water for Student Safety by Scot Conway, Esquire

27. Proper Use of Release Forms by Scott Conway, Esquire

Who Is The Instructor Certification Course For?

Anyone Teaching Martial Arts

If you are planning to open a martial arts school or class, this is MUST TRAINING for you.

How to Teach Martial Arts was NOT part of your black belt test.

Martial Arts School Owners

Current martial arts school owners seeking to train their staff in the best practices for teaching.

Displaying and advertising your certification in your school and online will help you to build trust.

You show that you care enough about your students to have your staff trained professionally.

Martial Arts Organizations

Martial arts organizations seeking to provide members with the best educational options.

If you run a martial arts organization, you must provide more value than just rank advancement and recognition.

This course will help your members to succeed.

High Profile Support For The Mata Instructor Certification Program

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I’m very happy to see martial arts instructors are creating higher educational standards for safety and professionalism. It’s the right idea at the right time.”

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris lives in the Dallas, TX area. He came to one of the first certification classes and spoke to the class about the importance of the program.

Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis

Not only was Joe Lewis a contributor to the instructor certification manual and course, he flew to Dallas to take the course in person to show his support.

Bill “Superfoot” Wallace

Bill “Superfoot” Wallace

Bill “Superfoot” Wallace attended the inaugural certification in Dallas at the prestigious Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research.

Jhoon Rhee

Jhoon Rhee

“I’m impressed with the certification program that John Graden created. No one has ever done something like this before.”

Dr. Kenneth Cooper

Dr. Kenneth Cooper

The Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research hosted the course and included it in their course catelog. Dr. Cooper is also the personal physician to the Bush family.

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How You Can Promote Your Certification

Once you’ve graduated, here are some suggestions for capitalizing on this accomplishment.

  1. Send our press release to your local media. We will write it and include placement on high authority websites as part of your Certification Package. The placements will include high-quality links back to your website and Google Map.
  2. Send us a testimonial and we’ll include your website link in every use of it. This will create authority traffic back to your website.
  3. Post your certificate on your website and social media sites.
  4. Add “MATA Martial Arts Certified Instructor” to your email signature.
  5. Include your certification in your bio.
  6. Include “MATA Martial Arts Certified Instructor” on your letterhead.
  7. Post the certificate on LinkedIn. According to LinkedIn, people who add their certifications to their LinkedIn profile see six times the average number of profile views, as well as getting contacted six times more! 
  8. Do a 60-second or less social media and website video explaining why you did this and what it means for your students and how it elevates you above other local schools.
  9. Incorporate your certification into your presentations. For instance, when someone asks you what you teach, answer with, “Our instructors are certified through the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association to teach “your style.”
  10. Frame and display your certificate in your school. “Duh!”
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Meet The Expert Authors Of The MATA Instructor Certification Program


Associate Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Virginia. A TKD black belt, Dr. Boyce has been studying martial arts for nearly 40 years. Contributed Modules Module 1: How To Teach Martial Arts Skills
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. Contributed Modules Module 4: How to Conduct a Proper Warm Up Module 7: How to Conduct a Proper Cool Down
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. Contributed Modules Module 5: 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. Contributed Modules Module 13: The Power Of Motivation And Charisma in the Martial Arts Instructor
Tim Niiler’s masters thesis involved the study of the landing mechanics in wushu jump kicks. Contributed Modules Module 9: How To Teach Kicking Safely
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 Contributed Modules Module 11: Age Specific Teaching Module 12: Preschoolers to Adults: Teaching to Meet their Needs Module 16: Teaching Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
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. Contributed Modules Module 6: Proper Execution Of Flexibility Exercises
Scot Conway is an attorney at law in California and the founder of Guardian Kempo Christian Martial Arts. Contributed Modules Module 15: Teaching Character Skills Module 18: A Crash Course in Law Module 19: Avoiding Negligence Module 20: The Use and Maintenance of Safety Equipment Module 21: The Proper Use of Student Instructors Module 22: How to Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability Module 23: School Layout to Minimize Risk Module 24: The Importance of Water for Student Safety Module 25: The Proper Use of Release Forms
has vast experience as a boxing safety consultant and ringside physician for boxing and MMA contests for decades.


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