Why I Dedicated My Life to Teaching Hapkido and You Can Too by KJN Jae Jeannotte
Sharing the Gift of Self-Defense and Personal Growth
Hapkido is a dynamic Korean martial art, founded by Choi Young Sool, that combines kicking, striking, grappling, and joint locks. It is known for its emphasis on fluid, circular motions, and its use of an opponent’s own momentum against them.
After more than forty years of learning and teaching Hapkido myself I can tell you that it is much more than just self-defense techniques. It is a way of life that can benefit you both physically and mentally.
If you are considering dedicating your life to teaching Hapkido, here are just a few reasons why it is such a worthwhile pursuit:
You get to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
As a Hapkido instructor, you will have the opportunity to help people develop the skills and confidence they need to defend themselves. You will also teach them valuable life lessons such as discipline, respect, and perseverance. Seeing your students’ progress and grow is an incredibly rewarding experience.
You will enjoy sharing your passion for Hapkido.
If you are passionate about Hapkido, then teaching is a great way to share your love of the art of Hapkido with others. Teaching can be a lot of fun, and it is always gratifying to see students get excited about learning new techniques.
You will be a part of a supportive community.
The Hapkido community is warm and welcoming. As a teacher, you will get to connect with other instructors and students from all over the world. This can be a great source of support and inspiration.
You will make a living doing what you love.
Teaching Hapkido can be a rewarding career. There is a growing demand for qualified Hapkido instructors, and there are many ways to make a living in the martial arts industry.
You will make a difference in the world.
Hapkido can help people feel safer and more confident. By teaching this art, you can make a positive impact on the world around you.
The Benefits of Hapkido
After just a few training sessions I noticed that Hapkido offers a wide range of benefits for both physical and mental health.
Some of the physical benefits of Hapkido include:
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Improved coordination and balance
- Reduced stress levels
Some of the mental benefits of Hapkido include:
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Improved focus and concentration
- Reduced anxiety and stress
- Greater sense of discipline and self-control
If you are passionate about helping others and making a positive impact on the world, then teaching Hapkido is a great way to do it. It is a rewarding career that can make a real difference in people’s lives.
Getting Started as a Hapkido Instructor
If you are interested in teaching Hapkido, there are a few things you need to do to get started. First, you need to find a qualified Hapkido school or instructor. Once you have found a school, you will need to enroll in a teacher training program. Teacher training programs typically last for several months and cover topics such as teaching methodology, curriculum development, and risk management.
Once you have completed your teacher training, you will need to attend the Instructor Certification Course. Once you have completed the course and earned your certification you have several options for teaching.
As a Certified Instructor You Could:
- Continue to support your school as a volunteer instructor.
- Work as a part time employee teaching classes at the school.
- Start a satellite location as a branch of your master’s school where you could earn pay.
- Open a branch location with the support of your master.
There are many different places where you can teach Hapkido, such as martial arts schools, community centers, and even your own home.
Here are some tips for success as a Hapkido instructor:
- Be patient and understanding. It takes time to learn Hapkido.
- Be creative and come up with new and interesting ways to teach your students.
- Be positive and encouraging. Your students will be more likely to succeed if they feel like you believe in them.
- Be a good role model. Your students will look up to you, so it is important to set a good example.
Every good Hapkido Master that I know would tell you that teaching Hapkido can be a challenging but rewarding career. If you are passionate about the art of Hapkido and have a desire to help others, then it is something to consider.
In addition to the benefits listed above, here are a few other reasons why you might want to consider dedicating your life to teaching Hapkido:
- It is a great way to stay in shape.
- It is a fun and challenging way to learn new skills.
- It can help you develop your leadership skills.
- It can give you a sense of purpose.
If you are looking for a career that is both physically and mentally rewarding, then teaching Hapkido is a great option. It is a challenging but rewarding career that can make a real difference in people’s lives.
I hope this article has given you some food for thought. If you are interested in learning more about Hapkido, I encourage you to do some research or contact a local Hapkido school listed in the directory on this website.
If you are a Hapkido Black Belt interested in learning advanced skills and beginning a career in Hapkido I recommend that you join the USA Hapkido Union.
About the author: KJN Jae Jeannotte is a lifelong martial artist who has served as an officer in some capacity in several of the top Hapkido organizations in the world. He is the Founder of JaeMuKwan Hapkido which is recognized by several of the leading Korean organizations. KJN Jeannotte is also the Vice President of the USA Hapkido Union. For information on seminars or private lessons contact him through the USA Hapkido Union website or Facebook page.
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