The Shin Budo Kai operates it's own Coaching Programme, and does so in pursuit of excellence. As there is currently no legislation which demands that Martial Arts Instructors MUST be qualified, the programme is not mandatory but is strongly advised. This is with the advent of an increasing number of Local Authorities demanding some form of qualification from those who teach contact sports. Our programme came about as a result of being dissatisfied with the standards required and qualifications offered by some other organisations and governing bodies.
As an activity, Martial Art practice is open to interpretation. Because of this there are many different ideas as to how things should be done. At SBK we recognise the need to have best quality instruction in Martial Arts so that participants can learn safely and in an appropriate environment. It is our aim to ensure that member groups and organisations, benefit from the advantages of employing the best in standards of instruction by virtue of our Coaching Programme. As Martial Artists, we all undertake regular training and assessments for our technical skills and if we are to teach our art, it is only sensible that we apply the same approach to our vocational skills. In doing this, we can ensure maximum safety and enjoyment for our students in their chosen discipline.
The Coach Award Program is a three-tier process, reflecting the need across our Association for Assistant Instructors, Instructors and Senior Instructors to have help and guidance in honing their knowledge and skills when operating or helping to run Martial Arts schools, and to ensure that our Instructors are operating in a safe, professional manner. In doing this, we are able to create a forum for an exchange of ideas, leading to greater understanding. It is our experience that those who choose to join the scheme experience a greater degree of success in their chosen activity.
SBK Level 1 Coach Award
This award is aimed at those individuals who wish to qualify for the equivalent of an Assistant Club Instructor. The minimum requirements are that you should be a minimum of 3rd Kyu/Kup and a minimum age of 18 years. Proof of previous grades/qualifications are given prior to an assessment taking place. For this award, you will only need to undergo a partial assessment at your own club as laid down in the Minimum Standards and this assessment must be carried out by a Qualified Level 2 Coach or higher.
SBK Level 2 Coach Award
The Level 2 Coach Award is provided for those wishing to qualify for the equivalent of Club Instructor. The minimum requirements are that you must be a minimum of 1st Dan and 18 years of age. Proof of previous grades/qualifications must be given prior to any Assessment taking place. For a Level 2 Award you will undergo a full assessment at your own club or at a National Assessment Day as laid down in the Minimum Standards. Assessment for this qualification will be carried out by the Coaching Department.
SBK Level 3 Coach Award
Those wishing to qualify for the equivalent of Senior Instructor will find the Level 3 SBK Award fits the bill. In this case, the minimum requirements are that you must be a minimum 21 years of age and a minimum of 3rd Dan and must have held this grade for 12 months. Extensive experience of your respective Martial Art is expected and proof of previous grades and qualifications must be provided prior to assessment. You will undergo training on a distance learning basis over a period of some 10-12 weeks during which time you will be provided with course material and will have to provide input in the form of modular exercises which must be returned to the Coaching Department for marking. At the end of the training period, there will be an exam and a practical assessment. At the end of the course, you will have created a mass of information which can be used as a guide and reference manual in your future career as a Senior Instructor. Assessment for this qualification will be carried out by the Coaching Department