How To Make A Martial Arts Student Manual

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How To Make A Martial Arts Student Manual

This section reviews the essentials needed for a good martial arts student manual. Martial arts schools and clubs should consider these areas when designing a new manual or updating their existing martial arts school manual. For additional information on running a martial arts school, please visit the section on Tips for Martial Arts Instructors.

Recommended Sections for Martial Arts Manuals

  • Introduction - This should be a brief section that introduces students to your school and style.
  • Style Characteristics - What makes your style and school unique versus other martial arts.
  • History - This section should review the origin of your martial arts style, the founders, etc.
  • Benefits - This section should review the benefits of martial arts training for students and parents.
  • Dojo Etiquette - This section should review how students should behave in the dojo, rules & regulations, punishment for infractions, dress code, etc.
  • Belt Requirements - This section should tell students what they will need to know in order to pass a belt test. For example, for the yellow belt test, a student will need to know XYZ kicks, ABC punches, Kata 1 & 2, ten Japanese words, etc.
  • Techniques - This section can review or expand upon kata, kicks, strikes, self-defense, etc.
  • Sparring - This section should review your schools's sparring rules and regulations, explain how points are awarded, etc.
  • Philosophy & Mottoes - This section should review the key philosophies and concepts practiced by your martial arts style.
  • Terminology - This section should review basic foreign words and numbers used at your school.
  • Glossary - This should review key English-language words (i.e. commands, names of training equipment, etc.) used at your school.
  • Additional Resources - This section should point students to online sources or books that can supplement the material in the manual. Online sources (such as Black Belt Wiki) are useful for videos of katas, advanced kicks, etc.


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