How to Find a Great Kick Boxing Instructor
By Joe Rivera, eHow Contributing Writer
Kick boxing as a form of fitness has sky rocketed in popularity over the last two decades. Its mass appeal stems from its simplicity–at its most basic and pure level it can be broken down into five or six basic punches and four or five kicks. This makes it possible for the average person to learn the basics relatively quickly. Conversely, this same simplicity is also why there are so many unqualified instructors. Because the movements are easy to learn, especially for coordinated, athletic people who are in shape, people begin to get a false sense of their skill level. While they may look good performing a few punches and kicks, they have not yet even begun to scratch the surface in terms of knowledge and understanding, let alone the ability to teach others.
It takes years of dedication, consistent training and hundreds of hours in the ring to fully understand the science and application of the techniques. It is only then that one can reach the level it takes teach others safely and correctly (there are even some certification programs that teach “personal trainers” a few moves and combinations over the course of a weekend and then deem them “certified kick boxing instructors”). A truly qualified kick boxing instructor will have not only the physical skills, but more importantly, the communication skills, love for teaching and patience that it takes to provide you with a life changing experience. Here are some steps you can take to find such an instructor.
Things You’ll Need:
• Phone Directory
1. Step 1
Check your local business directory for kick boxing studios or if you’re a member of a gym that offers a class ask the front desk about the instructor and schedule an appointment to meet.
2. Step 2
Ask questions pertaining to their background, level of training, who their instructors are, years of experience teaching, etc.
3. Step 3
Use Google on the Internet and see if they have been published or if there is any information on the instructor or where he or she has trained.
4. Step 4
Make your decision based on the information they provide and then schedule a private session. It can really help to prepare you to get more out of the class.
Tips & Warnings
• Always listen to your instincts.
• Once training commences, always let your instructor know if something doesn’t feel right on your body. Everyone is built differently, so any stance or technique may affect one person differently from the next.
• Some studios sell package deals that can be long term and hard to get out of–be sure you review everything carefully before you sign anything.