Finding a good martial arts instructor is no easy task.
Like with any big decision, research much be done. There are too many people pretending to be experts without being so. Look online and you will find videos of frauds being exposed by actual martial arts instructor. Simply having experience doesn’t make someone a good teacher, there are character traits that should be considered as well. Do they know how to relay knowledge, are they patient, and many more.
Evolve MMA put together a list of seven things to look for in a martial arts instructors. They should know because they have some of the most distinguished and accomplished martial arts instructors teaching at their gym. You can see the full list at their website here.
Below are three of the things they suggest you look for.
1) They are credible and have extensive knowledge
Nothing is stronger than the friendships forged through martial arts.
How experienced is your instructor, really? The problem with some so-called experts is that they aren’t actually as good as they make themselves sound. This is why it’s so important to always do a background check – beyond their own websites and social media accounts. Has your instructor been training for a long enough time to have the required knowledge to pass on to students? Or perhaps the relevant ring experience at the highest levels, in order to advise competitors accordingly. You need to double check their background and credentials in order to suss out how credible they truly are.
2) They inspire you
If you think about it, the best instructors you can learn from are those who inspire you. After all, you will have to be motivated to push your limits during training – and a good instructor will lead you to believe that you are capable of achieving much more than you think. Also, they will continuously challenge you to do better and go further, simply because they have your best interests at heart.
3) They give you constructive feedback
In order to properly track your progress, and ultimately improve, it is crucial to get feedback from your instructor from time to time. After all, that will truly be the best way to find out what you’re doing right and how to improve on your weaker areas – so as to eventually become the best martial artist you can be. If you have a good instructor, the feedback you get won’t be generic but actually helpful and constructive, so that you can fix your game more effectively.