What is a Master Instructor?

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A Master Instructor is someone that has mastered the basic techniques of Taekwon-Do and is able to train Instructors to become a “Qualified Instructor”. He uses positive reinforcement and encouragement to build a Master Instructor/Black Belt relationship. A Master Instructor must possess integrity and character to train his Black Belt Instructors to become Master Instructors. A Master Instructor’s goal is to cultivate and develop the Black Belt Instructors by putting the needs of the Black Belt Instructors’ first. It is imperative that the Master Instructor does everything in his power to promote the success of the individual schools under his authority. Respect is a two-way street; it must be earned, not demanded. A Master Instructor must have an open mind and be prepared to listen to the needs of the Black Belt Instructors, allowing them to exercise their authority according to their rank. How will they learn to become a Master Instructor, if they are not allowed to lead? The “Ideal” association or federation would be one that is “Committee” driven. One where the Master Instructors of the organization are split up into various committees and actually run the organization. This eliminates a “dictatorship” and allows the Black Belt Instructors to develop the necessary skills to become the Master Instructor in the future, what do you think? An integral part of learning and maturing as a Black Belt Instructor is being allowed to make decisions. Even a bad decision can be corrected, it is better than no decision at all… A Master Instructor should always seek out his Black Belt Instructors and ask the question, “What do you think”? You may have already made your decision, but when you allow the Black Belt Instructors the opportunity to grow by asking questions, you continue to groom them towards becoming a Master Instructor. When the Master Instructor recognizes that he is wrong about something, he should say so and seek the advice of qualified counsel within his ranks. This teaches the Black Belt Instructors to be a humble servant, yet wise enough to be worthy to lead. There are no bad Black Belt Instructors, there are bad Master Instructors.

The Master Instructor must have a “Vision for the future” of his students, the Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:18 ...      “Where there is no vision, the people perish”…