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Training Manual

A.I.D. student name:____________________

Team United Karate

Assistant Instructor Development

Training Manual

The A.I.D. program was designed for dedicated students that enjoy helping to teach martial arts to other students, and would like to develop the skills necessary to instruct classes on their own. Instructors in martial arts have found it very rewarding to share their skills with other students and to watch as those students develop into strong, confident leaders. It has also been discovered that teaching others the techniques you have learned, helps you to improve your own skills. Therefore, this program will benefit your training as well.

The weekly A.I.D. classes (Thursday’s @ 7:00 p.m.) will provide the necessary time to learn and improve your basic teaching skills. However, your A.I.D. training does not stop there, you will be required to attend lower belt classes to work hands on with other students.

Instructor’s Creed

I will teach this class as if it were the

most important class I will ever teach

I am patient and enthusiastic

I lead by example

Instructor’s Creed

I Will Teach This Class As If It Were The Most

Important Class I Will Ever Teach

There may be times when you are getting ready to line up a class and due to the size of the class, or a personal challenge running through your mind, you’re not very motivated. Maybe you’re tempted to give half an effort, or you decide you want to bow the class out early. It is times like this you must remember the Instructor’s Creed, and teach this class as if it were the most important class. Why? Because it is. Every time a student comes to class they are either one step closer to getting their Black Belt, or one step closer to quitting. Your performance may decide which one. Treat a class of one with the same enthusiasm as you would a class of thirty. Remember as an Instructor, you are only as good as the last class you taught.

I Am Patient And Enthusiastic

Patience and enthusiasm are the two most important qualities of any instructor. Being patient with your students allows them to relax and to feel more comfortable, therefore, making it easier for them to learn. Patience is one way of showing that you care. Students won’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Teaching with enthusiasm, enables you to excite the students, and to hold their attention longer. It also makes you more interesting. Being more interesting keeps the students more interesting.

I Lead By Example

Albert Schwitzer said "the three most important ways to lead people are… by example… by example… by example". Emerson once wrote "what you are doing speaks so loudly, I can hardly hear what you’re saying". What do these quotes mean to a martial arts instructor? Walk your Walk and Talk your Talk!!! Don’t say one thing and do another. Do exactly what you tell your students to do. When what you say and what you do are exactly the same, your students will trust you and be responsive to input you may give them.

Student’s Code Of Conduct

  1. Members must follow all principles set forth by Team United Karate.
    1. All members must train faithfully, on a regular basis.
    2. Members will always seek to help others who are in need.
    3. You, as a member, take an oath dedicating your training for defense purposes only. Training at Team United Karate will make you stronger, faster and more lethal.
    4. Training is for physical improvement of your body and mental improve meant of your mind. Through continuous training your body and mind will work together as one.
    5. Members shall seek harmony in life, stand up for what is right, be loyal to their country, obey their parents, never quit when seeking a goal, be fair in competition and always be honest to themselves and others.
  1. Members shall never use drugs. If any member is found using drugs, he/she will be expelled immediately.
  1. Members shall never use alcohol in an abusive manner and smoking is highly discouraged.
  1. Members shall always be clean. Personal hygiene is of utmost importance in the Dojo.
  1. For you safety and the safety of others, no jewelry is allowed on the mat.
  1. Your Team United Karate uniform must be properly tailored and always clean.
  1. Your Team United Karate uniform must be worn at all times when training on the mat or participating in any school special training event.
  2. Members shall maintain their dues on a current basis.
  1. Students will always lead by example.
  1. For safety reasons, students must wear sparring gear that has been approved by Team United Karate.

Instructor’s Code Of Conduct

  1. Be cheerful! No matter how bad you might feel before putting on your uniform, the moment you cinch your belt, your attitude should change.
  1. Be consistent! Steady attendance is a must. The instructor and students are counting on you.
  1. Never be unconstructively critical. Instead be constructively helpful.
  1. Be a good-finder. Look for the good in students you’re helping and tell them about it.
  1. Never punish, discipline instead. Discipline is done out of love, punishment is done out of anger.
  1. Give the personal touch: Understand the importance of touch, eye contact, and calling a student by name.
  1. Go the extra mile. Always give more than the expected amount.
  1. Treat every with whom you come in contact as though they are the most important person. Why?

a. To them they are.

b. You should treat all people that way.

c. They will give you their friendship and their respect.

Black Belt Excellence

Black Belt Excellence has little to do with being a black belt. More appropriately, it describes the attitude that Martial Arts training develops. It is a non-quitting spirit. The realization that with dedication and perseverance, all things are possible. The benefits of this attitude carry over to every aspect of our lives.

Black Belt Excellence

5 Winning Traits

1. Happy, but not satisfied. There is an old Zen proverb that says before enlightenment chop wood and carry wood ~ after enlightenment chop wood and carry water. Interpreted it could mean to have a goal, be consistently striving, but don’t concentrate so much on the goal that you forget the path.

A Martial Artist strives to master complex body movements. There are many Martial Arts Masters who are happy with their progress and improvement, yet none that are satisfied with their present skill. With the awareness of improvements comes, a sense of enjoyment and, an awareness of other areas to be improved. This process continues forever. A person who finds enjoyment in the process will strive further to become closer to perfection. Perfection is not a result, but rather, a process. If we become satisfied with our skill level then the process stops, almost like saying "good enough".

2. Compare yourself not to others, but with your own potential. Comparing yourself to someone else makes you feel either incompetent or overconfident. Not every Black Belt is equal in skill, most are different, although there is certain level of skill required. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.

Comparing yourself to your potential helps you

to set realistic goals and not to expect too much or

demand too little from your training, Therefore,

comparison of your own potential is the only

comparison that generates positive feedback.

3. Keeping emotions in balance. As the saying goes "lose control of your emotions in a fight, and your opponent has the advantage!" Every emotion has an appropriate time and place. There is a time to be stern and a time to be compassionate. If we become overly emotional, or mix these times and places up, we lose our ability to act appropriately. If we are able to respond with the appropriate emotion, at the appropriate time, in the appropriate intensity then we will have a positive experience.

During training a Martial Artist experiences many emotions on the path toward Black Belt. Learning to recognize our emotions and face our fears is only one portion of Martial Arts training

Emotions can be avenues to success

if they are channeled in constructive ways.

They are the driving force in the accomplishment

of all worthy tasks.

4. Developing self-discipline. A disciplined person is a person who knows what to do and then does it. Discipline, like a muscle, is developed with use. By training in Martial Arts, the student is encouraged to work through difficult movements. As a student gradually progresses through the belt ranks, they develop the ability to push themselves while maintaining their focus and concentration, knowing that this is what it takes to be proficient.

5. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. The philosophies taught in Martial Arts require students to look for the good in every situation, and then make the most of it. While training, everyone experiences occasional setbacks (busy schedules, difficult maneuvers, sore muscles, etc.). Students learn that instead of saying, "Why is this happening to me?" rather wonder, what is good about this and how can it benefit me? With this attitude everything becomes a learning experience, and we are able to cope with the day to day challenges of life. We learn that anything is possible.

If you feel you demonstrate these traits, Congratulations!

You’ve got Black Belt Excellence.

A. I. D. Teaching Tips

1. You are in charge. While in the classroom the Sensei is always in charge, never question his authority, especially in front on other students. As an A.I.D. instructor you have the same authority over other students. Be sure you stay in control, never let the students take over, what you say goes! However, do not let this go to your head, students and instructors are equal

as people and deserve to be respected.

2. Speak loudly and clearly. Do not confuse this with yelling, yelling is negative. Do not speak too fast or run your words together. Be sure students understand what you have said.

3. Be positive. Remember, look for the positive in everything. Many people come to karate to build confidence and self-esteem, it is our responsibility to help them toward their goals. It is important to let a student know when they are doing well.

4. Praise, critique, praise. When making corrections to a student, approach them by telling them something they are doing well, correct their mistakes, then leave them, again noting something they are doing well.

5. Excitement = Fun = Progress. The tone of your voice is very important when teaching a class. Be excited yourself, this will carry over to your students. Be motivating to the students, trying to push them to higher levels. If a student is having fun in class and being motivated, they are going to excel in what they are doing.

6. Be prepared. Know what drills you are going to work on before starting the class. If students are waiting for you to decide on drills it slows the class down and interrupts the excitement. The number 3 is a good number of things to do in the classroom. If you spend the whole class on only one technique or drill, your students will become bored. If you do to many different things the student doesn’t get enough practice, and won’t feel as though they are learning or improving their skills. They will then become discouraged.

7. Let the students lead. Students feel good about themselves if they are chosen to demonstrate a technique, or lead the class through warm-ups. This helps develop confidence in students, they will become more assertive in everyday life. They will be leaders.

8. Discipline in class. If class is misbehaving it is important to take control before it gets out of hand. Sit the students down, politely let them know they are misbehaving, and that you are upset with them. If it is just one student, give them a warning about their behavior and let them know what the consequences will be if they don’t behave. Try to avoid punishing students, however, don’t make empty threats. If you tell a student there is going to be consequences, you must follow through. If you don’t follow through, the students will lose respect for you.

9. Reward the class for a job well done. As it is important to make sure a class is disciplined and working to their potential, it is equally important to let them know when they have done a good job. At the end of the class you can do something fun for 5 to 7 minutes, as a reward for a job well done, this is especially effective in a child class. Be sure to inform students the true reward for a job well done is the benefits that are gained.

10. Belt testing. In each class, be aware of students that may be testing for a stripe. Try to devote extra time to be sure they know their curriculum. The first and second stripes are only for the amount of classes attended. The third stripe is when a student must be tested to move to the next level. The third stripe should be given by a Sensei only, if no Sensei is present, give a stripe on only one side of the belt. Inform Sensei and the student that they must be tested in the next class.

11. Know your curriculum. Students look to you for leadership, it is important for you to know what you are trying to teach, and are able to perform it at Black Belt level. You are the light at the end of their tunnel, as a Black Belt you represent their goal and bring it to reality.

12. Teach in steps. When teaching new techniques to a student, always break it into small steps and explain each steps importance to the technique. Everyone learns at a different level, therefore, the amount taught during a class will vary from student to student. It makes no sense to teach a full kata to a student that is not doing the first few moves correctly. Only when a student can perform the technique properly should you teach any further.

First Introductory Class


I'd like to welcome you to Team United Karate. My name is Sempi ____. Sempi is a Japanese word which means Black Belt or Assistant Instructor.

There are two other types of instructors at the Karate School. First we have Sensei. Sensei means Teacher or Chief Instructor, Our Sensei is Sensei Sam. Sensei Sam instructs us, so that we can instruct you. He will also be teaching many of your classes.

We also have Deshi’s. Deshi’s are Black Belts that have committed themselves to teaching Marital Arts. They may someday become Sensei’s.

Notes: 1) Describe your title first, then the remaining two titles in order, highest to lowest.

2) Have children repeat the title after you.

The purpose of tonight's class is for you to learn a few basic techniques. These techniques will be used in your next class, when you will be with other beginner students. Please just relax, have fun and follow along the best you can.


We will start with two basic stances. These stances are used often in the classroom and demonstrate the structure and discipline necessary.

First is our "attention stance". (Teach and demonstrate attention stance)
Again, our "attention stance" demonstrates the structure and discipline of our classroom, so stand still, no moving around.

Note: 1) Explain to children what discipline is:

  1. Follow classroom rules and instruction.
  2. Listen to Instructor, Teacher and Parents.
  3. Most important places to have discipline: Karate, School and home.
  4. They must have discipline in all 3 places to advance in Karate.

Now we have another Karate word, this word is "Osu" (Have student repeat). "Osu" Is a term used in the Karate classroom to mean:

  1. Hello, so when you enter the Karate School you will say "Osu" rather than Hi.
  2. It also means Goodbye, so when you leave after today’s class, you will say "Osu" meaning Goodbye.
  3. It also means Yes, or that you understand, so if you are asked a quesion and the answer is Yes, you will say "Osu". Do you understand? (Be sure the student responds with "Osu")
  4. It will also be used as a respond to a command, when an Instructor gives you a command, you will reply "Osu".