How to become a trainee karate instructor: Shola's story

I enjoyed PE so much that I wanted to do it outside of school - that's when I found martial arts.

I'm Shola. I loved PE and Science at school. I started martial arts as a hobby and now work as an instructor, helping others to learn karate.

Biology helped me because I learnt that controlling your breathing is really important for controlling your body. I also learnt about how our muscles move our bones. Both of these things help me in karate because martial arts are all about controlled, powerful movements.

I teach my students how important it is to warm up their muscles properly before a karate session. This helps lessen the chance that they will hurt themselves.

Shola's career path

What to expect if you want to become a karate instructor

  • Karate instructor salary: Variable depending on whether you are self-employed or working for a gym or class, ranging from between £15-£50 per hour
  • Karate instructor working hours: Variable. You'll usually set your own working hours and these may include evenings and weekends

What qualifications do you need to be a karate instructor?

  • Entry requirements: Usually you need to be an advanced student in a martial art. You can then take a coaching qualification recognised by the National Governing Body (NGB) for your martial arts discipline. You can find more details about coaching qualifications from Sport England

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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