Are you thinking about owning a Karate school? Do you already have one and want to grow your success? This podcast aims to help any Karate School owner learn tips and share success stories from seasoned professionals. We cover every topic from preserving your art, to student enrollment, to financial success. Welcome to Karate School!

How to Open a Karate School



Are you thinking about owning a Karate school? Do you already have one and want to grow your success?

This podcast aims to help any Karate School owner learn tips and share success stories from seasoned professionals.

We cover every topic from preserving your art, to student enrollment, to financial success. Welcome to Karate School!

Karate School is a podcast designed to help you start or grow your karate school.

We provide lots of great information on the business of karate, preserving your art, as well as fun industry news and interviews.

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Karate Kid

How do I start My Own Karate School?

My name is Colton Woodard and I’ll be your host. I am a 7th Dan in ShitoRyu and Vice President of the National Karate Kobudo Federation.

I help host a wealth of Shitoryu Karate & Ryukyu Kobudo lessons & content at nkkf.org.

We’re constantly adding new members around the globe and welcome you to join us as well!

My Father Bill Woodard ran a Karate Dojo for over 35 years, and I’ll be using insights from this business model periodically throughout the podcast.

Want to share your Karate School story on our podcast?

Email [email protected] to set up an interview on the Karate School Podcast! Have a product that would be great in the Karate and Kobudo community that you would like to share? We'd love to hear about it as well.

Do you have Karate School questions or ideas? Please share your thoughts via email and we might answer your question on air during our next episode!

Karate Kid 2 Cast inspired by these Karate Teachers. Find Karate near me for kids, look at this karate belt order. National Karate Kobudo Federation.

Are you thinking about becoming a karate teacher?

Teaching Karate, Judo, TaeKwonDo, Kung Fu, MMA or martial arts in general can be extremely rewarding but it comes with a lot of trials you'll need to face to succeed.

Our podcast covers just about everything you will need to know to succeed in opening a karate school, starting a karate school, running a karate school, and growing your karate school.

Becoming a Karate Teacher, or Sensei, is a great way to share your expertise with your local community, build confident and healthy students, and share the joy of Martial Arts (as well as make money doing so!).

If you are considering becoming a Karate Teacher, doing your research and determining the correct steps to become successful will save you from failure.

According to this article around 4,338 martial arts schools open each year. Of which, 46% fail to last even 1 year in business.

These statistics are scary but true, many Karate Teachers think just renting a building and putting up an open sign may be enough to succeed.

In reality, running your own Karate School will take a lot of determination and creative marketing in addition to great lessons.

Karate Online? Online Karate Classes / Virtual Karate Class?

In the past, Sensei relied on students coming into the dojo off the street ready to start their journey to black belt.

With the appearance of COVID-19 in 2020, we have a transformed economy that has normalized the use of digital media delivery (Online Karate Classes).

If you are looking to teach Karate Online in 2021, there are ways to host your Virtual Karate Class on a number of platforms including free (public) or paid (private).

You can host one on one karate lessons LIVE on platforms like Skype, FaceTime, DUO, dialpad, ring central, zoom, Facebook live and more.

Teaching a full classroom may be difficult on Zoom and other video platforms.

First, make sure you secure a nice webcam and mic as well as adequate lighting for your Online Karate Classes.

Then, host an online calendar and utilize social media and email to notify students of upcoming Virtual Karate Classes.

To set up a consultation on what method might be best for you, simply email us at [email protected].

Want to learn Karate at home?

Are you looking to boost your knowledge, add a new style, get fresh lesson plans for your karate school, or simply learn karate at home?

Paid memberships are available with weekly new videos and a large archive of past lessons right here at National Karate Kobudo Federation.

There's even a basic karate program for only $1 per month.

We also have dojo affiliation available for those looking to certify their authentic martial arts.