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Become A Martial Arts Instructor

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Working As A Martial Arts Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Make Decisions

  • $68,040

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Martial Arts Instructor does

  • Conducted over 100 hours of martial arts training.
  • Style of art consisted of Shidokan (combination of Kyokushin Karate and Muay Thai Kickboxing).
  • Lead or Assistant Instructor for students ages 6 - 55, in groups of 1 - 10.
  • Lead Instructor for various styles of martial arts lessons to youth, teen & adult classes.
  • Create lesson plans for daily classes.
  • Teach beginner and intermediate level children in basics of self-defense techniques.
  • Self-Employed business Taught Karate Jutsu private lessons After school Karate programs
  • Trained Marines in hand to hand combat.
  • Created lesson plans and curriculum to maximize students potential.
  • Instructed special needs children in self defense tactics.
  • Instruct students on the safety of technique application while adopting new martial arts techniques.
  • Organized and instructed Mixed Martial Arts classes.
  • Provide instruction in physical fitness, tai chi and health and wellness.
  • Trained groups of 10-20 beginners and experienced students in Judo and Aikido.
  • Scheduled training and evaluation of over 100 personnel at different skill levels.
  • Supervised all junior staff members and provided customer service.
  • Assisted in organizing and giving rank testing and Seminars.
  • Instruct adults and children in: Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, and Hapkido.
  • Manage accounting and office functions for the dojo and teach classes.
  • Volunteer instructor of Shotokan Karate and self defense to children and adults.

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How To Become A Martial Arts Instructor

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.


Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.


A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Martial Arts Instructor Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Thai

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Vietnamese

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • Filipino

  • Hebrew

  • Tagalog

  • Persian

  • Urdu

  • Hausa

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Real Martial Arts Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Martial Arts Instructor Choi's Martial Arts Fremont, CA Mar 17, 2015 $49,421
Martial Arts Instructor Balck Belt Institution LLC MD May 01, 2016 $47,000
Martial Arts Instructor H K Lee TAE Kwon Do Herndon, VA Oct 16, 2015 $46,987
Master Martial Arts Instructor Master Cho's World Class TAE Kwon Do LLC Glen Allen, VA Dec 02, 2012 $46,779
Martial Arts Instructor Master Kim's TAE Kwon Do Center, Inc. Greenville, SC Sep 10, 2011 $45,500
Taekwondo Martial Arts Instructor Kims Tiger Kicks LLC Plano, TX Jul 12, 2015 $43,000
Martial Arts Instructor (TAE Kwon DO) L.I. Champion's TAE Kwon Do, Inc. Massapequa, NY Aug 11, 2015 $42,182
Martial Arts Instructor U. S. Black Belt Academy Raleigh, NC Aug 11, 2015 $39,624
Martial Arts Instructional Coordinator Master SEOS Tiger Kicks Martial Arts, Inc. Wilmington, DE Nov 01, 2010 $39,340
Martial Arts Instructor WCC Lakeland Lakeland, FL Mar 11, 2015 $38,740
Master Martial Arts Instructor Master Cho's World Class TAE Kwon Do LLC Glen Allen, VA Sep 17, 2016 $36,000
Master Martial Arts Instructor Master Cho's World Class TAE Kwon Do LLC Glen Allen, VA Sep 19, 2014 $36,000
Master Martial Arts Instructor Master Cho's World Class TAE Kwon Do LLC Glen Allen, VA Sep 17, 2013 $36,000
Martial Arts Instructor Chicago Shaolin Temple, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 23, 2015 $35,360
Martial Arts Instructor World Champion Center, Inc. Land O Lakes, FL Sep 09, 2015 $35,187
Master Martial Arts Instructor Master Cho's World Class TAE Kwon Do LLC Glen Allen, VA Sep 27, 2012 $34,840
Martial Arts Instructor, Gym Attendant Body Tech Health and Fitness Montauk, NY Mar 20, 2011 $32,349
Martial Arts Instructor J H KIMS White Tiger Martial Arts Inc. Allen, TX Mar 06, 2016 $30,909
Master Martial Arts Instructor Master Cho's World Class TAE Kwon Do LLC Glen Allen, VA Dec 02, 2009 $30,285
Instructor, Martial Art Choi's World TAE Kwon Do, Inc. Springfield, MA Apr 13, 2011 $28,446
Martial Arts Instructor Wushu-Kung Fu Fitness Center Livingston, NJ Aug 12, 2015 $27,581
Martial Arts Instructor J H KIMS White Tiger Martial Arts Inc. Allen, TX Jun 16, 2015 $27,557
Martial Arts Instructor USK TAE Kwon Do, Inc. Angleton, TX Sep 21, 2016 $26,280
Taekwondo Martial Arts Coach Washington Tae Kwon Do Academy, Inc. Woodbridge, VA Apr 17, 2015 $26,040
Martial Arts Instructor Sangrock International Taekwondo, Inc. Matthews, NC May 21, 2012 $25,917
Martial Arts Instructor Global Champions TAE Kwon Do, Inc. Naperville, IL Nov 18, 2015 $25,877
Martial Arts Instructor Lee Brothers TAE Kwon Do, Inc. Raleigh, NC Aug 14, 2015 $25,723
Martial Arts Instructor Black Belt World, Inc. Knightdale, NC Apr 30, 2015 $25,723

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Top Skills for A Martial Arts Instructor


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Top Martial Arts Instructor Skills

  1. Martial Arts Programs
  2. Adult Classes
  3. Self-Defense Techniques
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Market martial arts programs offered to families and individuals increasing annual enrollment by 6%.
  • Stepped in for the head instructor regularly to teach advanced techniques and concepts to the adult classes.
  • Train students using extensive self-defense techniques, unification of mind and body resulting in increased focus, discipline, and agility.
  • second degree black belt in Shotokan karate do, taught both basic and advanced courses, used extensively for demonstrations
  • Worked as an assistant instructor and office worker for the new school chain.

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