Staff and Instructor Guidelines

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  • Always point out that students must use safety and control when doing partner drills.
  • Recommend the proper equipment to your students and encourage them to get that equipment.
  • Do not teach techniques, basics or forms you do not fully understand.

Proper Employee Conduct:

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare for class, dress in proper uniform and be on the floor helping students.
  • Keep your cool. Never show frustration or anger.
  • Follow school procedures and the Black Belt Code of Conduct to the letter, both inside and outside of the school.
  • NEVER talk poorly about other schools, students or fellow instructors.
  • Do not fraternize with students or clients outside of the school. Familiarity breeds contempt. Also, remember that instructors may not “date” students or their family members.      
  • Feel free to discuss personal issues with Mr. or Mrs. Massie if you feel there is something we can help you with.       However, no matter what is happening in your personal life maintain a positive attitude while at work. Keep your personal life and your professional life separate.

Personal and Professional Development:

  • Keep up your own training and maintain your skills.
  • Attend business training seminars and staff training meetings whenever possible.
  • Be familiar with school training materials and procedure manuals.
  • Check out the instructor and staff training videos that we get from MATA.
  • Read industry magazines such as “Martial Arts Professional”
  • Exercise good hygiene habits. No one wants to learn from someone with body odor or bad breath.
  • Be receptive to feedback on your teaching skills.
  • Spend time on your personal development outside of class. It is recommended that you read books and listen to tapes or CD’s on self-improvement, communication, and professional skills.


Working With Children

  • Use simpler terms to explain and instruct instead of large words that most children would not know.
  • Maintain respect and courtesy, but DO NOT SPEAK DOWN TO THE CHILDREN.
  • Always pair students off – do not allow them to choose their own partners (remember the “last picked” kids in grade school?)
  • Always offer encouragement, compliment your students.
  • Don’t over explain techniques. Keep the class moving and working. Avoid answering questions while explaining techniques. Move around and answer questions while students are working on the technique.
  • Always use positive remarks (what we call “Positive Re-Framing”)
  • For children, do not use the words “left” or “right” alone. Use them along with “this foot forward” while raising arm or slapping leg.       It also may help to use “right” and “left” directions along with identifying landmarks in the room (e.g., “the foot on the mirror side.”).
  • Break down new techniques into their simplest form and lead the group through them. Next, break it down in sections and finally the entire technique.
  • If you have a problem with a student, take them aside or in the office to discuss the situation. DO NOT shut the door without having another adult, preferably a woman, in the room with you.

Teaching and Communicating Effectively

  • Make sure everyone you work with knows and uses your “Sir” name. (“Coach Smith” or “Ms. Smith”, etc.)
  • Speak loud and with confidence. Be energetic, your attitude is contagious.
  • New students are very sensitive, they need to be spoon fed and handled with kid gloves.
  • Compassion leads to trust and respect; remember that it is better to be loved than feared – work hard on being compassionate with your students.
  • Speak to your students the way that YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED YOUR INSTRUCTOR to speak to you when you were a student.
  • Move around the room; avoid teaching from the front only.
  • Remember to ALWAYS use Positive Re-Framing, Show-Tell-Do, and The “3 Times” Rule in EVERY class!
  • You can go harder on phase two (Intermediate) and three (Advanced) students because they are more confident and can handle it physically.
  • Use upper belt students to help you keep order in the class. (Especially use the Black Belt Club members).
  • Use control; students are not punching bags.
  • Establish eye contact; you are teaching people, so make them feel involved. Face the class when speaking, once again remembering to establish eye contact with the students.