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“On his path of inspiration, motivation, and unparalleled success, John Graden has had a profound impact on the manner in which thousands of martial arts are operated worldwide.” — Martial Arts World magazine

WHO ARE MATA MEMBERS?

Black belts working hard to create a great living for their families so they can focus on their passion for changing lives through their schools.

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Learn how to create the revenue that you deserve for your hard work and the life-long benefits you provide your students.

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We’ll show you the programs to offer to move a stranger to a student and a student to a black belt and staff instructors.

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Learn how to become the school people think of and talk about when “martial arts” are mentioned in your town or area.

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The MATA Instructor Certification Program provides teachers an effective process
to create and maintain a productive classroom environment.

“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

I am continually looking for ways to improve my teaching knowledge and the MATA Instructor’s Certification is one of the finest and most updated courses an instructor can take.

I was impressed by the honesty of the content and detailed explanations of the various issues surrounding the teaching of Martial Arts these days.

Sidney Burns, Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy

LATEST NEWS AND TRENDS

How to Evaluate Your Curriculum

How to Evaluate Your Curriculum Now is the perfect time to evaluate your curriculum. Not only is it time for an upgrade, but a new curriculum also gives you something exciting to attract your students to your online classes.  This video will walk you through the...

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The Coronavirus and Your Rent

With the coronavirus pandemic blanketing the world, many martial arts school owners can’t conduct group classes for at least the next month or two. This creates beehive of complexity and questions. Our guest, The Lease Coach, gives us the answers.LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE...

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The Coronavirus and Your Martial Arts Insurance

Understanding Your Insurance Coverage From Jennifer Urmston of Sports & Fitness Insurance Corporation “It is important to remember that viruses are excluded from standard Commercial General Liability insurance policies. This means that insurance companies will...

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What is Different About Your School vs Your Competitors?

If you were to produce a 30-second video promoting your school to your target market, what voice-over script would you write to create interest and help the viewer understand your school's unique benefits? This is your school's 30-second "elevator pitch" and every...

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A Mouth Full of Nothing Bully Seminar

Don’t Be This Guy October is National Bullying Prevention Month. When I was a school owner, I was high profile in my area. I had a cable TV show, I was a returning guest on local talk shows, and local reporters would call me on a regular basis to see if I had anything...

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New Insurance Injury Waiver for Post C-19

New Insurance Injury Waiver for Post C-19

Do you need a new liability waiver? We asked Jennifer Urmston of SFIC about the need for new waivers moving forward. She recommends that schools update their waiver language. You want to document that your members/students acknowledge their own responsibility for...

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The Coronavirus and Your Rent

With the coronavirus pandemic blanketing the world, many martial arts school owners can’t conduct group classes for at least the next month or two. This creates beehive of complexity and questions. Our guest, The Lease Coach, gives us the answers.LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE...

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Empower Kickboxing Overview

Easy to Teach with Fewer Classes. Easy to Learn. A Simple ComparisonHigh Block in Forward Walking StanceHook Punch in Guarding StanceTO INSTRUCTORS 1. Which skill do you want to teach? Front stance high block or fighting stance hook? 2. What skills do you want to...

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Three Curriculum Questions for Martial Arts Instructors

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NOTE: There is a link to the curriculum at the bottom of the page.

1. What is easier to learn? A hook kick or a sidekick? I say the hook kick.

Which do you teach first? I’ve always taught sidekick first. Why? Because it’s always been taught that way.

In truth, when you are teaching hook kick, most students are actually doing a low hook kick. Why? It’s a more natural movement.

2. What is easier to learn? A spinning hook kick or a spinning back kick? I say the spinning hook kick.

Which do you teach first? I’ve always taught spinning back kick. Why? Because it’s always been taught that way. The reality is that most kids can do a spinning hook kick on their first day in class.

3. As white belts in your school, do students have to first learn the basic tradition blocks and stances before they move into more applicable strikes and kicks? Why?

Traditional anything is more complex (not more advanced) than most any strike or kick. The application of traditional material is also harder to grasp for the new student.

Do the traditional arts have value? Yes! Absolutely. It’s just a bit of a hard sale to retain a new student when he is hit with this kind of complexity right out of the gate.

For the past few years I have been working on a curriculum that makes teaching and learning martial arts easy.

Rather than spreading practice time over dozens, if not hundreds of techniques, we focus on a much smaller amount of techniques so we can spend more time on each.

The idea is that if you spend 45-minutes practicing a half-dozen techniques in various applications your students will feel much more progress than if you spend that class teaching or reviewing a 24-move kata.

We call a month a Module. Each month the focus of the module changes:

Three Modules  = One Term

Term One

1. Kickboxing

2. Weapons / Ground

3. Martial Arts

Term Two

1. Kickboxing

2. Weapons / Ground

3. Martial Arts

Term Three

1. Kickboxing

2. Weapons / Ground

3. Martial Arts

Term Four

1. Kickboxing

2. Weapons / Ground

3. Martial Arts

 

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