3 Steps to Improving the Retention of Martial Arts Students-PT 2 | Association of Martial Arts Teachers

Last week, I shared three common retention strategies that schools use, which can be useless if not used carefully. Quick review.

1. Student surveys work only at the level of participation. Your most enthusiastic students will give you great feedback. You are less than enthusiastic, usually not. These are the ones you want to hear from.

2. 2-4-6 calls it works best when you talk honestly with your parent and ask real questions, rather than asking how “great” your child is doing.

3. Praise ONLY works if HONEST and SEPARATE. Some instructors are more afraid of student mothers than Bas Rutten. This notion of feeding parents and students false praise has now somehow penetrated the business of martial arts schools. That doesn’t help.

I offer this week two and a half rock-solid retention increases for your classes.

1. When enrolling a child, set clear expectations with the parents present.

“Joey, do you want to join our school?” “Yes sir!”

“Great, we’d like you.” Your parents will pay for it and we will teach you. Do you understand it? “Yes sir!”

“That’s important.” Good. Here is your part. Classes take place on Monday and Wednesday at 16:30. This means that you must be ready to come to class at 16:00. If you play a game, watch anything on TV, you have to stop it and get ready by 16:00. Will you do it? “” Yes sir! ”

“All right. That’s what we want to hear. On days when you don’t have an hour, we want you to practice for 15 minutes at least two days a week. We have videos on our site to show you how. It’s not hard, but It will help you improve quickly. Will you do it? “
“Yes sir!”

TIP from the MATA Certification Course: Tell your parents privately if the child is doing something he does not enjoy, they are much more excited to stop and go to class than to do something they enjoy. The children are about the moment So this is something that needs to be considered before preparing for class.

2. Be consistent in what you teach.

If you’re like me, I’ve always started by rehearsing our basics of taekwon do and then the basic kata that the class knew. During the basics and hangman’s, my repairs were always:

A. Aim your strike!

b. Keep the punch in the middle!

C. Pull your hand back to your hip.

d. Straighten your shoulders and keep your chin up.

In the second half of the hour while working on the pad or sparring, I always corrected:

A. Don’t telegraph your punches! (Targeting is a telegraph)

b. Snap that hand back on guard. Don’t put it aside! (It is dangerous to keep the punch in the middle)

C. Put your hand back to your face. Protect yourself! (Your hip doesn’t need protection, your face does.)

d. Turn your body to the side and pull your chin down! (Straightening your shoulders and lifting your chin destroys your defenses.)

This is the complete opposite of the first half of the class. Well, which one is it?

Lack of consistency leads to confusion. Confusion leads to boredom. Boredom leads to falling off.

2.5 I say this halfway through because I made a video about it, but it needs to be repeated, so it’s at the bottom of this page.

Too common a segment of the class is where the children line up and the instructor stands in front of the row and holds the target. Each child gets one shot at the target and then runs to the end of the line to wait for his next move. What is comment in 97% of cases? “Good work!” “Amazing!” What you don’t hear is, “Try again. This time pull your knee a little higher… ”

Translation? You do not hear any teaching. All you hear is false praise.

In the meantime, learn to learn like a professional with the MATA certification program.

David Berry

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