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Teaching as a Career
Becoming a Martial Arts instructor is one of the most rewarding things a person can do for themselves and others. Helping people transform into confident, coordinated healthy people, will bring you more pleasure than you can possibly imagine. You get paid to do what you love and keep yourself healthy and happy doing what you are passionate about.
Unfortunately most people find it a daunting task. They fear someone may challenge them to a fight to prove themselves and their martial arts, they fear failure that the business may not work, they fear that there martial arts is not good enough and it goes on and on.
There is nothing to fear except yourself, open your mind and anything is possible.
Individuals should think of Martial Arts as a lifestyle, something that they continue through their life for the health of their mind and body. Movement is essential to maintaining good health. Wing Chun is based on natural body movement enabling an individual to train for many years without damaging the body, unlike other martial arts. Wing Chun training enhances ones focus, balance, builds strength and bones, uplifts internal strength, improves coordination, agility, full range of motion in all limbs, uplifts action reaction time. Ultimately improving ones quality of life.
Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a workout is often described as "euphoric." That feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.
Regular exercise has been proven to:
· Reduce stress
· Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
· Boost self-esteem
· Improve sleep
Exercise also has these added health benefits:
· It strengthens your heart.
· It increases energy levels.
· It lowers blood pressure.
· It improves muscle tone and strength.
· It strengthens and builds bones.
· It helps reduce body fat.
· It makes you look fit and healthy.
Research has shown that exercise is an effective but often underused treatment for mild to moderate depression.
With all these benefits and many more, it would seem irresponsible for an individual to stop training.
Once an individual has reached their peak in their respective art, what is there left to do?
Most individuals will leave. Within 12 months an individual will be putting on weight, skill level will have dropped, the body will be starting to get stiff and tight, agility is slowing, the mind will start to become more stressed and blood pressure will begin rise. It is not a great prospect.
Most individuals do not want to open their own schools. An option is helping to teach at your school, from experience the more instructors the better. Teaching gives an individual a sense of purpose and will raise your verbal understanding of your system dramatically. Clients are always asking questions especially beginners. You will be amazed at the new level of understanding you will gain through giving instruction. A student does not need to be Government Accredited for this option.
Another option is to hire a hall and teach once or twice a week after work. It's a great way to earn some extra cash for the Xmas holidays. By hiring a hall, there is no commitment, if business does not take off, you are able to move on, choose another area and try again. This is a very safe investment.
A third option is to set up a studio on your property. There are a multitude of people working in home studios due to the costs of overheads, e.g. Personal trainers, boxing gyms, karate, yoga and Pilates etc. etc. This is the best option so far. Walk out your back door and start working, what could be better than that. The choices are yours, all you have to do is make one.
The most important thing is to paint your picture, have your heart in it and it will work, all one has to do is give it a go. Just remember all things take time and effort.
Make the choice today to begin a Government Accredited Sports Coaching Course, take that step that just might change your life forever.
This qualification facilitates the development of the following knowledge and skills at the state/territory level:
" Observing athletes performance to determine the level of instruction required;
" Teaching techniques for athletes to acquire additional skills or improve existing skills;
" Supervise practice sessions;
" Planning, conducting, evaluating and modifying individualized training programs;
" Implementing sports first aid procedures and sports first aid;
" Supervising the physical development of athletes
" Aiding in the psychological preparation of athletes for training and competition;
" Providing information about the fundamental principles of eating for peak performance
and much more.
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Always remember 'today is the beginning of the rest of your life'.