If you are interested in becoming a certified instructor, the best place to start is through your instructor. Just like the ATA trains with the licensed school and club owners to help people around the world learn Songahm Taekwondo, instructors are equally as important in the spreading of Songahm Taekwondo. In many martial arts styles, the assumption traditionally has been that once students earn their black belts they are ready to teach other students. But the ATA does not believe that simply being able to do something well qualifies a person to teach it. During the last 46 years, the ATA has developed an intensive instructor training program to insure that all of your instructors are professionally skilled teachers in Songahm Taekwondo. Some of the Personal Benefits dedicated instructors receive from their hard work and effort include:

• Developing Leadership Skills
• Improving Their Taekwondo
• Learning Instructional Techniques
• Valuable Life Skills Training
• Sharpening Their Thinking Skills
• In-school and National Curriculum Training opportunities

Before becoming certified, black belts spend 2-3 years as instructor trainees, during which time they are required to meet minimum age & rank requirements per each level of the certification process, pass background checks, and teach at least 300 hours under the supervision of their senior instructor. They are also required to earn certification in CPR and Youth Protection and to attend instruction camps, where they go through testing on the curriculum they will be teaching. Remember to visit with your instructor and let them know you want to reach the pinnacle of training in Songahm Taekwondo!

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