Coach or Instructor?


Are you a coach or an instructor? 

For most of us, when we took that first step into teaching martial arts, we became an “instructor” or an “assistant instructor”. There may have been style based ranking titles that went with that position (such as a Sempai or Kohai) but fundamentally you saw yourself, and were seen by others, as an instructor.

According to the Webster dictionary an instructor is: “ a person who teaches a subject or skill: someone who instructs people.”

That pretty much sums up how I started – teaching the subject and skills of martial arts to other people. Stances, footwork, striking, blocking, kicking, throwing, restraint and control.

Sure, there may have been a few life lessons I threw in there along the way, stories and anecdotes, but my class preparation simply revolved around what practical SKILLS I was going to teach the class and what DRILLS I was going to use to teach them.

So how is that different to a coach? Most people will think of a coach in a community or professional sporting scenario. That is, the coach of your junior sports club, or the coach of your favourite football or basketball team.

But I’m not talking about sport or competition.

I’m talking about much more than that. I’m talking about really making an impact on those young people you are working with on a weekly basis.

Impacting them on an individual level to be the best – not the best kicker, the best puncher or the best listener but to be the best person they can be. describes coaching as: “formal, professional coaching is carried out by qualified people who work with clients to improve their effectiveness and performance, and help them achieve their full potential.”

The key words there?…

Formal. Professional. Qualified. Improve. Achieve.     

Coaching is about so much more than skills and drills. That’s the instructors part.

A coach provides a formal and professional environment for individuals to improve and achieve their full potential. Not just in martial arts but in their work, their education and their personal life.

A coach guides physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Why not start your journey today…Click here to begin?