July 14, 2024


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7 Tips For Becoming a Great Martial Arts Instructor by KJN Ronald Stone

7 Tips For Becoming a Great Martial Arts Instructor by KJN Ronald Stone

1. Learn

The first secret to becoming a great instructor is to learn as much as you can about your subject matter. This means being familiar with the latest research and trends, as well as being able to explain complex concepts in a clear and concise way. You should also be able to answer students’ questions in a comprehensive and helpful manner.

One way to learn more about your subject matter is to read textbooks and journal articles. You can also attend conferences and workshops, or watch online lectures. If you are teaching a technical subject, you may also want to get certfied or obtain a professional degree.

2. Implement

Once you have learned about your subject matter, you need to be able to implement what you have learned in a way that is engaging and effective for your students. This means being able to create lesson plans that are well-organized and thought-provoking. You should also be able to use a variety of teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and group work.

It is also important to be able to adapt your teaching style to the needs of your students. Some students may learn best by listening to lectures, while others may prefer to learn by doing. You should be flexible and willing to change your approach if necessary.

3. Failure or Success

No matter how good an instructor you are, there will always be times when your students fail. This is a normal part of the learning process. However, it is important to handle failure in a constructive way.

If a student fails a test, you should talk to them about what went wrong and how they can improve. You should also be patient and understanding, and offer them support and encouragement.

On the other hand, if a student succeeds, you should praise their efforts and celebrate their achievement. This will help them to stay motivated and continue to learn.

4. Evaluate

It is important to evaluate your teaching on a regular basis. This will help you to identify areas where you can improve. You can evaluate your teaching by asking students for feedback, or by observing your own teaching and reflecting on what you could do differently.

You can also use standardized tests or other assessments to measure your students’ progress. This will help you to see if your teaching is effective and to identify areas where your students need more help.

5. Try again

If you are not satisfied with your teaching, do not give up. Instead, try again. There are many different ways to teach, and what works for one instructor may not work for another.

Experiment with different teaching methods and see what works best for you and your students. Be patient and persistent, and you will eventually find the right approach.

6. Improve

As you continue to teach, you will continue to learn and improve. You will learn new things about your subject matter, and you will develop new teaching skills.

Be open to feedback from your students and colleagues. Use this feedback to improve your teaching and to become a better instructor.

7. Teach Others

One of the best ways to improve your teaching is to teach others. This could involve mentoring new instructors, giving workshops, or writing articles and books.

When you teach others, you are forced to reflect on your own teaching and to identify areas where you can improve. You are also helping to spread your knowledge and expertise to others.


Becoming a great instructor takes time, effort, and dedication. However, it is a rewarding experience that can make a real difference in the lives of your students. If you are passionate about teaching and are willing to put in the hard work, you can achieve your goal of becoming a great instructor.

About the author: R.W. Stone is currently a practicing veterinarian in Central Florida. He is an avid horseman, a master ranked martial artist, a best-selling western author, and a firearms enthusiast. After joining a martial arts school in 1970 Stone started studying Yudo with a Korean grandmaster. He eventually became a member of the Judo team of the University of Illinois. It was at the University that a Korean classmate and friend introduced him to Tae Kwon do. After graduating veterinary college, he found the martial arts becoming too sports oriented and eventually after moving from Miami to Central Florida he sought out a Hapkido grandmaster. Currently Stone is ranked 8th dan in Haemukwan Hapkido, a 4th dan in Daehan Yudo and a second dan in Kukki Taekwondo. He is the Hapkido instructor at the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies.

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