Are you an active kickboxer and wanted to teach part-time? Or are you someone who wants to explore a new field with your skill and knowledge in the art? Whichever, you certainly would find some useful information from our guide if you want to pursue a career as a kickboxing instructor. So, read on.
Just like most martial arts, kickboxing is a form of self defense, but it is also often practiced as a sport or exercise.
Have you been into kickboxing for a long time and it is your dream to teach the discipline? You might be active in the art at the moment and wanted to try doing something new in tandem or you might be thinking it is time you slow down in the sport and pursue a less strenuous activity that would let you keep the practice.
Preparing a Career in Kickboxing
To be a qualified teacher, you need to attain a degree of expertise in whatever discipline you intend to teach. In the area of kickboxing, you definitely should master the fighting techniques involved in the art and the only way for one to achieve that is through years of practice. And that is the most basic requirement for most martial arts instructors. That qualification is usually proven by a black belt or similar rankings.
While it is true that kickboxing skills and mastery of the art are the basic requirements you need to have before considering starting a teaching career, to become a truly good teacher, one must also have good communication skills and confidence to be able to explain and execute kicking, punching, kneeing, guarding and blocking techniques to students. A background in physical education teaching is an advantage when applying for a teaching position. A certification from kickboxing associations is another strong point. Enrol in instructor training courses to prepare for a certification examination. A course could cost around $250. The examination usually consists of a written exam and a practical exam where an applicant might be required to perform some movements.
Starting a Career in Kickboxing
One way to determine whether you should take your interest in kickboxing to a teaching career is to apply as assistant instructor in self-defense schools, health clubs, gyms, recreation centers, and community centers that offer kickboxing as one of their programs. With the popularity of fitness programs nowadays, there emerged physical fitness programs that incorporate kickboxing for those who are inclined towards heavy workouts. One way to start a career related to kickboxing, therefore, is to expand your area of interest and learn exercises like kickboxing aerobics or cardio kickboxing.
Having a feel of what it would be like to be in front of students rather than inside the ring, will help you determine whether a career in kickboxing instruction is for you. Afterwards, you can confidently decide to apply as a full-fledged kickboxing teacher. Usually, you'd be employed part time and get paid hourly.