Self Defense Instruction Business Idea
The proliferation of violence in modern society has prompted many people, particularly women, to attend self defense classes.
You do not need to be a black-belt in a martial arts discipline to successfully operate a business in self defense classes, though a background in martial arts is very helpful.
Some of the systems that will best prepare you for teaching self defense are the various forms of Karate, Taikwondo, Jujitsu, Aikaido, Savatte, Thai Kickboxing, or another of the more than 2,000 fighting forms which exist across the world.
What Will You Need?
Once you have a basic mastery of a martial art, you should establish a curriculum for the techniques needed to confront nearly every hostile personal situation. These should include breaking holds, quick counters to aggression, quick disabling techniques, using ordinary items as weapons, areas vulnerable to attack as a defense, how to counter yourself against weapons, and fight-or-flight decisions.
Other tools are required, most of which are available from stores selling martial arts supplies. Because of the physical activity involved in the training, it is a good idea to equip every student with a Gi – a martial arts uniform made from heavy canvas held at the waist with an Obi – a white, heavy cotton belt tied in a square knot.
These uniforms are available at martial arts supply stores as well.
You may want to establish a connection with a wholesaler of martial arts equipment and uniforms, as this could be a profit center for your business.
As well as karate uniforms, training tools should include rubber knives, rubber clubs and guns, and other soft imitation weaponry. These will facilitate the training much more than merely pretending the items exist will.
How And Where To Host Your Self Defense Classes
The self defense classes may be held in a wide variety of arenas from a garage or a gymnasium to an empty room at a local YMCA or school. All that is necessary is a clear area for movement the size of which should be determined by the number of students in the class.
Most martial arts school businesses are conducted as a side business by their operators, and classes are often held in the evening and at weekends. Many of these are also operated adjacent to another business such as fitness centers, YMCAs, churches and schools.
Some of the larger and more successful defensive arts businesses are ‘stand-alone’ operations with their own buildings and classes held at all times of the week.
However and wherever you choose to run your business in self defense classes, be sure to follow the advice given in this article to achieve the maximum levels of profit and satisfaction possible.