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Five Reasons Why Hapkido Black Belts Should Consider Instructor Training by KJN James R. Hogwood, PhD.

Five Reasons Why Hapkido Black Belts Should Consider Instructor Training by KJN James R. Hogwood, PhD.

Earning a black belt in Hapkido is a momentous achievement. It signifies years of dedication, perseverance, and the mastery of a complex and rewarding martial art. But for many black belts, the journey doesn’t end there. Instructor training offers a new chapter, allowing them to share their knowledge, empower others, and deepen their own understanding of Hapkido.

Here are five compelling reasons why Hapkido black belts should consider embarking on the path of instructor training:

1. Deepen Your Hapkido Knowledge: Black belt training focuses on mastering techniques and developing physical skills. Instructor training delves deeper, requiring a more theoretical and analytical understanding of Hapkido.

Through instructor training, black belts explore the historical context of Hapkido, the biomechanics behind techniques, and different teaching methodologies. Analyzing techniques from an instructional perspective fosters a new level of appreciation and comprehension of the art form.

Think of it like the difference between being a skilled pianist and a music teacher. Both can play the piano beautifully, but the teacher possesses an additional layer of understanding, enabling them to break down complex pieces, identify student weaknesses, and guide others to achieve mastery.

2. Develop Your Teaching Skills: Effective instruction goes beyond simply demonstrating techniques. Instructor training equips black belts with the necessary tools to become capable and engaging teachers.

They learn effective communication strategies, classroom management techniques, and methods to cater to students with diverse learning styles.

Instructional training programs often include practical teaching sessions, where black belts get hands-on experience leading classes and receiving feedback from experienced instructors. This helps them refine their teaching style, develop confidence

in front of students, and become more effective communicators of the Hapkido philosophy.

3. Give Back to the Hapkido Community:

Hapkido is an art form that thrives on the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next. By becoming an instructor, black belts have the opportunity to share their love for Hapkido and contribute to the growth of the community.

They can inspire a new generation of practitioners, empower others to build confidence and self-defense skills, and contribute to the preservation and evolution of this rich martial art tradition.

There’s a unique satisfaction that comes from witnessing students’ progress, seeing them overcome challenges and develop their skills under your guidance. It fosters a sense of purpose and allows black belts to pay tribute to their own instructors by carrying on the legacy of Hapkido.

4. Enhance Your Leadership Skills: Becoming an instructor requires leadership qualities. Black belts learn to set clear expectations, provide constructive feedback, and motivate students to achieve their full potential.

These leadership skills aren’t confined to the dojang (training hall). The confidence and communication skills honed through instructor training can translate into other areas of life, making black belts more effective leaders at work, in their communities, and in their personal relationships.

5. Personal Growth and New Challenges:

The pursuit of mastery is a core tenet of Hapkido. Becoming an instructor presents a new set of challenges that push black belts outside their comfort zones and encourage them to continually learn and grow.

Developing a curriculum, adapting to different student needs, and navigating the dynamics of a classroom all necessitate continuous learning and problem-solving skills.

This ongoing process of self-improvement not only enhances one’s teaching but also fosters personal growth and intellectual stimulation.

Making the Decision:

Instructor training isn’t for everyone. It requires a significant time commitment, dedication, and a passion for sharing knowledge. Black belts should carefully consider their goals and motivations before embarking on this path.

However, for those who possess a strong desire to share their love for Hapkido, empower others, and continue their own martial arts journey, instructor training offers an immensely rewarding path. It’s an opportunity to become a steward of the art, contribute to the Hapkido community, and leave a lasting legacy.

Beyond these five reasons, there are additional benefits to consider:

  • Increased earning potential: Certified instructors can earn a living teaching Hapkido classes, opening up new career possibilities.
  • Building a network: Instructor training programs connect black belts with a network of experienced instructors, creating a valuable support system and fostering collaboration.
  • Personal satisfaction: Witnessing students progress and achieve their goals through your instruction brings immense personal satisfaction and strengthens the bond between instructor and student.

Ultimately, the decision to pursue instructor training is a personal one. However, by understanding the potential benefits and recognizing the ongoing need for skilled and passionate instructors, Hapkido black belts can embark on a path that not only enriches their own lives but also ensures the continued growth and vitality of this remarkable martial art.

If you are a Hapkido Black Belt over the age of 18 who would like to attend the International Independent Hapkido Alliance annual Instructor Certification Course then be sure to email me to get registration details.

About the author: KJN James R. Hogwood, PhD. is a lifelong martial artist and the President of the International Independent Hapkido Alliance. He is the Founder of KumHoKwan (Golden Tiger) Hapkido which is recognized by several of the leading Korean organizations. KJN Hogwood is also the Primary Instructor for the IIHA Instructors Certification Course. For information on hosting KJN Hogwood for a seminar at your school or to schedule private training email him direct at goldentiger68@gmail.com

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