Firstly, lets get the elephant in the room out of the way.
You will be financially rewarded by teaching valuable martial arts.
Life isn't about the dollar but in the absence of profit, we all panic.
Having said this, today's article is not about money even though the end result is that you will be financially rewarded for your contribution to society.
Not only you, but all of your staff need to be aware that the riches will come if you, and they, create real results in the life of a student.
Here's how in 3 steps:
1 - Teach the physical. This means martial arts, fitness and flexibility. You're probably doing this already. And my guess is that you're pretty good at it.
2 - Teach interpersonal skills.
This is how to deal with and get along with other people. How to handle an aggressive person. How to accept different attitudes. How to be compassionate to others less fortunate.
3 - Teach intra personal skills.
This is how to deal with your own emotions. It means being able to control yourself. How to handle your own loss of focus. How to stay in control of your emotions. How not to get mad. How to not shy away. How not to run when you want to. How to remain in control under pressure. How to be patient when others don't act "the way they should".
The problem is, as Martial Arts instructors we focus on area number 1. We are experts in teaching the physical. So we do great classes and build a business. We get students. We advertise. We remind ourselves of the importance of word of mouth and use stats to monitor this number.
Then we want growth. We work harder. We see improvement and push even harder.
Because of this disparity, we think our business skills are lacking. So we look at marketing, financial control and being able to run an effective business. Don't get me wrong, this is all important but if teaching the physical aspects and business skills becomes our solitary focus, we limit ourself to mediocrity.
The real problem is we are not teaching our students to become problem solvers. If we do, it's merely a byproduct of our training. It needs to be our primary focus.
If we became experts in numbers 2 and 3, interpersonal and intra personal skills, we would be richly rewarded (and so would our students) in ways we never thought possible. As an example, see the video below.
Am I overstepping the mark? Shouldn't character development be taught by the family and our schools? Probably yes. But with the number of dysfunctional families in our society, our whole community needs to take responsibility for education. For creating a better person. Pointing the finger at what our society has become without doing anything about it means we are part of the problem.
As martial arts instructors we have an opportunity to make a difference far above punching and kicking skills.
Head out of the sand.