Martial arts instructor

Martial arts instructors teach martial arts like karate, jujitsu and judo.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become a martial arts instructor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


To train as a martial arts instructor you can do a coaching qualification at college that's recognised by the National Governing Body (NGB) for your martial arts discipline.

Before taking a coaching qualification you'll need:

  • instructor membership of your NGB
  • a minimum grade approved by your NGB
  • a recommendation from your association before attending an instructor award course

Some NGBs may expect you to have held an assistant coach qualification for 6 months. The NGB for your discipline can give you advice on qualifications as instructor awards differ between NGBs.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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You could do an intermediate apprenticeship for an activity leadership coaching qualification to become an instructor.

Training providers set their own entry requirements for this apprenticeship.

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Career tips

You may need a children's instructor award before working with children. It can also help you if you have experience of teaching or coaching another sport, and a first aid certificate.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a martial arts instructor from UK Coaching.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • customer service skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • preparing lesson plans
  • demonstrating warm ups, skills training, and physical conditioning
  • coaching students
  • developing individual training programmes
  • observing and assessing students, and giving them feedback
  • developing and practising your own skills
  • taking responsibility for the health and safety of students
  • promoting your classes

Working environment

You could work in a creative studio or at a fitness centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, and a senior instructor award, you could set up your own school or association.

Current opportunities

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