March 6th, 2011 Dave Kovar made a stop in Southern California to hold one his Martial Arts Instructor Boot-camp seminar. More than fifty school owners and instructors attended this seminar held at Team Karate Centers in Woodland Hills. This seminar was for senior and beginner instructors helping them become even better and more effective martial arts instructors.
Here’s a little information about Dave Kovar. Shihan Kovar is the head instructor of Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers Inc. He has been teaching karate since he was 15 years old and currently holds Black Belts in 6 different styles of Martial Arts. In 1982 he was rated “California Competitor of the Year,” and in 1988 he won the United States Martial Arts Championships Men’s Heavyweight Division in Reno, Nevada. He has operated his own Martial Arts School in the Sacramento area since 1978, making Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers one of the oldest and most respected Martial Arts schools in Sacramento. With over 1,900 students, Kovars is ranked as one of the top schools in the nation.
Over the years Dave has developed a unique method of teaching that has earned him the distinction of being the Instructor of the Year in 1992 from the United States Martial Arts Centers (an association of over 1,300 schools in the United States and Canada). Dave’s teaching techniques give the instructor the unique ability to help students improve their existing skills while increasing their confidence, discipline and respect. In fact, so many other Martial Arts instructors have inquired about these techniques that the Kovar brothers have developed a series of “How to Teach Martial Arts…” videos. These videos have had phenomenal sales both nationally and internationally.*
With this wealth of knowledge and experience it was great he was able to come and share with other school owners who are following the same path he is leading. This 7 hour seminar covered topics such as
- Ways to retain current students
- Using focus anchors to control the most uncontrolable classes
- Disguising repetition
- PCP – Praise Correct Praise
- Optimizing classes for Zero Downtime
- How to better social with parents
So much information covered that it is difficult to list them all. This was a great seminar because as instructors we do most of these techniques anyways but just really breaking them down and working on the techniques that are a bit lacking is all part of the evolution of an instructor. He truly made it very simple giving plenty of realistic examples that we run into on a weekly basis.
The best part about teaching martial arts is watching students progress and succeed. We at Evolution Martial Arts Academy want to empower our students to be successful in whatever they do in their life. Teaching is definitely not a walk in the park, but this seminar will really help us help our students achieve their goals.
If you are school owner or instructor we highly suggest this seminar.
*Courtesy of www.martialinfo.com