1. When did you first become interested in teaching?
I first became interested in teaching when I was younger and started junior instructing. When I became a front desk employee, I began to love teaching the younger kids in Taekwondo.
2. Why did you decide to enroll at the Dragon Gym/become a martial arts student?
I needed a place to express myself and release energy. My parents loved the fact that not only did I come home all tired out, but my instructors were teaching me the art of self-defense.
3. How did you get involved with teaching/becoming an instructor?
I first got involved with Junior Instructing and doing small things such as warm-ups or line drills. It then progressed to where I am now: teaching drills, kicks, self-defense, and much more.
4. Do you teach anything else, or have you received any relevant certifications?
I mainly teach kids Taekwondo, and sometimes help out with kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I, as well as all of the instructors, train constantly to ensure quality teaching on the mat. Through martial arts seminars and instructor training in Florida, we are always updated on how to instruct drills, how to engage the kids’ brains, and how to shape these kids into the best that they can be.
5. Tell me a little bit more about your training regimen, including cross training.
As well as training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I also lift weights 5 times a week. It is important to train outside of the sport you train in to ensure top performance. Along with this I make sure I have quality conditioning by running and sprinting daily. To make sure my body runs the way I want it to on the mat, I also maintain a very healthy diet.
6. What would your advice be for someone considering Martial Arts training?
First and foremost, do not get frustrated. We were all beginners at one point and no one expects you to be a rockstar right off the bat. Second, make sure you take it slow at first. A lot of people get burned out right away from going too hard. Third, have fun. Martial Arts is a serious activity, but having fun is a must.
7. What about someone with ambitions of becoming an instructor?
If you want to become an instructor, talk with your instructor about it. Start taking notes on how they teach and picture yourself leading a class like that. Begin to write down different things you like that your instructor does. This will help you when you are leading a class one day
8. What kind of benefits have you received from your training at Dragon Gym?
The biggest benefit I have received is the confidence from training. It has given me the confidence I need to know I can protect myself should the need arise. I also have gained people skills through instructing that are imperative in life.
9. What’s your next goal?
My next goal is to run an adult class top to bottom by myself.
10. What Fears and Reservations did you have about starting here/your training?
I did not have a lot of reservations about training. I started when I was 5 years old and I was super pumped about starting classes. The biggest thing that was holding me back was the mindset of, “I can never get to black belt.” This was an awful mindset to have, and I realize now that with a hard-working spirit and perseverance, anything is possible.