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The Martial Arts Instructor Matrix is a very comprehensive method of evaluating a Martial Artist for teaching duties in your club or for them to operate their own business. Although there are many endorsements of this matrix the calculating process may be viewed differently by various individuals and orginisations. For this reason the Matrix will be up for review every six months for people to contribute to the refinement of the process.

Course Relevance - highest rated     
AMACS-Sport/Rec+MA & self defence
Trainer & Assessor Cert IV
Fitness - Gym / Group Fitness / PT
Sport & Recreaction
Sports Coaching - General
NCAS - NSO courses
Peak Body Association course
Standard Association course
ASC General principles
In house Club course

IN - insurance
IND - industry
PPB - Peak Professional Body
GOV - government
NSO - national sporting orginisation
RTO - regestered training orginisation
TAFE - Technical and Further Education
ASC - Australian Sport Commission
UNI - university
ASQA - Australian Skills Quality Authority
AMACS - Australian Martial Arts Coaching System
CON- Consumer

How are the categories integrated:

FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS - Some qualifications maybe deemed higher than others however the relevance plays a bigger part in obtaining the most appropriate skills / knowledge for the job, (teaching martial arts).

ASSOCIATION VALIDATION -Accreditations / Certifications don’t reflect the true worth of an instructor’s knowledge but do acknowledge that certain elements have been identified as competent. The screening process of existing qualifications is an essential part of an Association’s commitment to make sure the consumer is in safer hands.

DURATION OF TRAINING - The period of time can be a better marker for knowledge acquired because belt requirements vary so much. There are many systems that don’t have a formal assessment / grading process to substantiate the level of teacher.

SPECIALISED TRAINING - Seminars and workshops are normally on specialised topics and if a person has participated in a lot of these it would reflect their commitment to study in addition to standard classes and should be recognised. Extra points given.

BELT / RANK - The colour of the belt was more of an indicator of skill, some decades ago. Now in most cases a black belt seems to be the marker of competency to operate a club. In the case of Brazilian Jiu Jutsu it is deemed that a blue belt (training 4 years) would be eligible to teach unsupervised, however insurance companies state it should be purple belt. A belt may just mean that a person has made that grade but may not have the experience or training to become a coach / instructor.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS - Membership to associations / peak bodies serve all industries, it shows that instructors want to access higher learning, comply with industry standards, keep up to date on regulations, get access to support services and be recognised as a professional operator. Extra points given.

PROMOTERS - There are many promoters who have done extensive martial arts training and now focus on events. There are a lot of skills required to organise people, manage the risk, communicate on all levels and to run events. They also gain knowledge by being exposed to competitors / coaches / referees, so we feel it important to include this expertise into the matrix.

PARTICIPATING IN COMPETITIONS – Attending, placing and winning Tournaments / Fight Shows acknowledges a certain level of commitment and skill level in martial arts. If a person has been successful in winning competitions / fights we feel they should receive a higher level of points than those that have just participated without placement.

LICENSES / CHECKS - Industry checks and licenses are vital where applicable but not required in some areas. Our view is even if you don’t teach anyone under 18 years you still obtain a ‘working with children check’. Many other sporting clubs / schools require people to have them if they are interacting in certain activities, (certainly on school camps). It also gives parents that every instructor in the club has a check. A police check is currently optional, but a club owner may require their instructors to have one to work for them. A weapons licence is required to keep or teach how to use a prohibited weapon. Extra points given.


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