The emergence of the Corona Virus sent a shockwave through the Martial Arts Community that forced many Karate schools to close their doors for the last time and either retire, or find new work.
This article will show you the top 5 ways to make money teaching Martial Arts now vs. before the pandemics arrival.
Teaching Martial Arts before, you probably had a large number of previous students. Whether from 3 weeks ago or from 3 years ago, reach out to them and let them know about your new classes and how affordable they are.
Brick and Mortar building overhead costs drive up the costs of the Martial Arts Classes as well, so paying for a rented room in a Community Center can be an extremely affordable and profitable business model for teaching Martial Arts.
For instance, the NorthSide Community Center in Tallahassee Florida charges $30 USD per hour for rental with electric included and you won't require insurance. Even if you have 10 students and charge $20 per class this can amount to $170 Profit per class, 5 nights per week!
Make sure you book out the whole block on the Community Center calendar near you to avoid scheduling conflicts.
If you are a bit computer savvy you can Teach Karate Online with as little as your smart phone. I was able to convert my Karate Website into a Lesson Center, where I upload lots of Martial Arts content and charge a subscription fee for premium members.
If you aren't keen on the idea of building a full website, Facebook live is a great way to host your virtual lessons and charge admission.
Another great resource is Twitch or streaming sites like YouTube Live.
You can create a Google Calendar and connect it with Square so that students can book 1 on 1 sessions and pay with the click of a button.
My Dad, USA Karate national coach Bill Woodard, coaches his tournament team with just the Skype App and has them Venmo him periodically.
In short, there are tons of creative ways to teach karate online, get new members, make money and help those who can't visit in person lessons.
If you have built up some reputation in your Martial Arts Community, you can take a B2B approach and network with the other Martial Arts teachers all over the globe.
You can email, text, call or private message on social media to connect with other Martial Arts schools and set up sessions they will pay for to assist in training their team.
If you love to travel, this is a great gig for seeing the world and still paying the bills.
Many Martial Arts Schools are having a hard time finding employees and often need a holiday or an extra hand, so they're willing to pay for the help. Pack up the old RV and hit the road for your booked out tour!
Some Martial Arts teachers love the new idea of not having a huge class that needs attention and have gone to strictly private lessons. Some Martial Arts teachers charge between $50 to $100 per hour not to mention testing fees for this 1 on 1 personal training.
Think of it like a personal trainer. You'll assist the students in overall health and fitness as well as Martial Arts.
My friend Amber, owns Process Basketball and is a certified personal trainer. She informed me that she charges $800 per month for 4 sessions per week which are an hour in length.
Private Lessons are a great way to make money teaching Martial Arts.
Ever wanted to be a part of the big screen production industry? There is always a need for stunt persons and choreography, and you can get into this high paying industry by reaching out to casting companies.
Send out emails with your credentials and follow up often to check for upcoming gigs and keep your calendar booked.
If you're still in great fighting shape, you can do stunt work as well and star in movies as an extra, double, or possibly even an actor role.
There's tons of work coming back post pandemic so start building those contacts if this sounds like you!
The answer to making money teaching martial arts is vague, you can either teach huge classes, run a brick and mortar school, create an after school program, teach at your community center, teach martial arts online, or teach private lessons.
In summary, there are endless creative opportunities that await you and you just need to get out there and put effort into building your contacts and making connections.
When your goal is to help others and provide a great quality service, if it meets the needs of the customers they will happily pay you for it.
Colton Woodard is a 7th Degree black belt and teaches Karate Online. He is a writer and video creator in addition to being a self proclaimed Ramen connoisseur.
You can connect with him on Instagram @theamericanasamurai
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About the Author:
Colton Woodard is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kuniba Kai Karate Do and holds the title of Kyoshi as well. He loves to teach Karate, Kobudo, and Iaido and considers himself a lifetime student in pursuit of self improvement in both Martial Arts and in Character. Colton loves to visit Japan and speaks conversational Japanese and can write quite a few Kanji. He is a Karate competitor and coach and loves to exercise and make new memories with people all over the world.
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