Leadership In Acworth Choi Kwang Do

In Acworth Choi Kwang Do, we believe that we should be helping students grow to become leaders. One way that we do this is to allow students to become part of a leadership team under our Chief Instructor Mrs. Chris Jackson. Once a student is the rank of Gold Belt, Mrs. Jackson talks to them about joining one of these leadership teams. Not all Gold Belt students do this right away as they may have goals that have not yet been met that they set as a pre-requisite for joining one of these teams. Our Instructor Team will do all they can to help and encourage student towards this goal.

At Gold Belt there are three opportunities for students to consider. All three teams have similar basic requirements, but step up with each team that has more responsibility.

Mrs. Jackson is the Chief Instructor and Owner of Higher Calling Martial Arts.  She is the primary instructor and mentor for all students and other instructors.

Once a student is a Black Belt and at least 18 year old, they can be considered for Head Instructor. This role encompasses all of the other leadership roles and requirements. Students who are considering becoming a Head Instructor must have already been in the role of Assistant Instructor and must attend a Head Instructor Certification class. Once certified, they can begin teaching classes of your own without supervision. If given a class to teach, Head Instructors are given the responsibility to make sure students are ready for testing and communicate that with Mrs. Jackson. Head Instructors wear all black uniforms.

The requirements for certifying for Assistant Instructor are:

  •  Be at least 14 years old 
  •  Be at least Gold Belt Rank
  •  Have a goal to become a Black Belt
  •  Desire to work on leadership skills, be a good role model, and to help students achieve their goals
  •  Act appropriate as a member of a leadership team by being a good example both in and out of the dojang.
  •  Attend an Assistant Instructor Certification Class
  •  Attend Instructor Training classes at HCMA
  •  Write an age appropriate short essay on why they would like to become a Black Belt, a leader, and an Assistant Instructor
  •  Obtain a character recommendation letter from a non-related adult (if younger than 18)

The requirements and benefits of being an Assistant Instructor are:

  •  Required to attend at least 2 classes per week for training
  •  Required to stay competent in all past curriculum
  •  Required to be available to assist in at least on classes per week
  •  Required to be available to assist at monthly testing
  •  Attending special Instructor classes at HCMA dojang
  •  Allowing leadership skills learned at HCMA to transfer to other areas of life
  •  Wearing an all blue uniform
  •  Test monthly if requirements are met and competent with rank requirements