Did you know that it takes as long to become an Arakan Instructor as it does to get a university degree!
All Arakan Instructors begin their journey purely as a student with no intention to one day become an Instructor. They have to be extremely committed, talented, fit, reliable, and lead by example in every way.
Most train around 6 times per week and only after approximately 3 years or more of training, are the best candidates carefully selected and placed in the Instructor Development Program. In the program they continue to train around 6 times per week as well as holding down their full time job.
The Development Program involves learning to be better communicators, leaders and motivators. Students in the Program learn about everything from the greater meanings of life through to answering their phones correctly. Most are part of the Program for around 2 years.
During that time, they read self-development books, listen to motivational and inspirational speakers, see professional therapists and much more to ensure they have a balance and holistic outlook on life. The training however, does not stop there.
Students who are in the Development Program continue to learn about the human body, spirituality, meditation, the art of teaching and more. During this time, they “track” or “ghost” established Instructors for a minimum of one hundred hours in unpaid time to learn more about how to teach and then they give a minimum of 100 hours of complementary lessons to further develop their skills. They then secure their Government Blue Card, current 1st Aid Certificate and professional insurances.
If they get through this comprehensive and dedicated process, they are given the go ahead to become an Arakan Instructor.
All Instructors still need to train at least six times a week as a student to continue to grow in the art. There is also some strict criteria for those wanting to progress to the next instructor level.
Among the many milestones that need to be achieved, is that the instructor must have taught a minimum of 3000 hours before being considered to become a Senior Instructor.
It’s a long road to become an instructor and then it requires more dedication and commitment to progress further, but all of the Arakan Martial Art Instructors will agree that the rewards associated with helping people become more empowered is truly worthwhile.
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