Karate instructors enjoy the challenges and rewards of teaching not only a set of physical skills and fighting techniques, but also of instilling core values of martial arts into their students. Values such as discipline, perseverance and integrity are central to martial arts and make a lasting, positive effect in the lives of students.
Karate instructors teach the martial art of karate to students in groups or individually. They demonstrate techniques and help students perfect their own techniques. Instructors monitor students' progress and prepare them to advance in rank. Instructors test students throughout the year and hold ceremonies to give students their new belts. If students go to competitions, the instructor will help prepare them. In some cases the instructor will travel to the competition with the student to guide and coach him throughout the event. Instructors also help organize seminars or demonstrations hosted by karate schools.
The specific requirements for becoming a karate instructor vary. In many cases, instructors must hold the rank of black belt and have experience assisting the head instructor before taking over his own classes. Some schools have their own instructor training programs. Instructors must not only be able to perform techniques, they must also be able to break down each technique and teach it to students in different age groups. They must also know and be able to teach the values and history of karate. In addition, instructors must be confident teaching and demonstrating techniques in front of groups. They should also be comfortable working with students one-on-one, answering questions and talking to parents about a child's progress in class. Since instructors also often handle administrate duties, they should be organized and efficient.