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Martial arts instructor

Martial arts instructors teach martial arts like karate, jujitsu and judo.

Annual Salary

variable

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

36 to 38 variable

You could work: freelance / self-employed; managing your own hours

2%
Future employment

There will be 2% more Martial arts instructor jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • preparing lesson plans
  • demonstrating warm ups, skills training, and physical conditioning
  • coaching students
  • developing individual training programmes
  • observing and assessing students, and giving them feedback
  • developing and practising your own skills
  • taking responsibility for the health and safety of students
  • promoting your classes

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a creative studio or at a fitness centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
College

To train as a martial arts instructor you can do a coaching qualification at college that's recognised by the National Governing Body (NGB) for your martial arts discipline.

Before taking a coaching qualification you'll need:

  • instructor membership of your NGB
  • a minimum grade approved by your NGB
  • a recommendation from your association before attending an instructor award course

Some NGBs may expect you to have held an assistant coach qualification for 6 months. The NGB for your discipline can give you advice on qualifications as instructor awards differ between NGBs.

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Apprenticeship

You could do an intermediate apprenticeship for an activity leadership coaching qualification to become an instructor.

Training providers set their own entry requirements for this apprenticeship.

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Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

You may need a children's instructor award before working with children. It can also help you if you have experience of teaching or coaching another sport, and a first aid certificate.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a martial arts instructor from UK Coaching.

With experience, and a senior instructor award, you could set up your own school or association.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • customer service skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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