Instructor Training Course

The AJKA-I Instructor Training Program is designed with two goals in mind. First, to encourage the formal training of karate instructors for the development of AJKA-I Shotokan Karate-do. Second, to help participants develop interpersonal, class presentation, skills necessary to motivate and guide others in their search to understand and master the art of shotokan karate-do.

Candidates are admitted to the program based upon their interest and their potential to develop into highly qualified karate instructors. The program is based on time in training, attainment of ranking, and performance of karate instruction in the candidate's own club.

For more information or to register for this program contact Sensei Rob DeAngelis at:  DeAngelis@AJKAI-USA.com

Interested in learninig more about the AJKA-I Instructor Training Course: (located in Doylestown, PA) 

The program requires 7 continuous months.
One Friday and Saturday per month to completion.

Friday 6-9pm
Saturday 9:30am-12:30 pm & 1:30-5:00pm
Each class is approximately three - four hours long.

Remaining 2016/17 session dates:
Oct. 21, 22 2016
Nov. 11, 12 2016
Dec. 2, 3 2016
Jan. 13, 14 2017
Feb. 17, 18 2017
March 10, 11 2017
Contact Sensei DeAngelis at: rdeangelis@thesoleburyclub.com

Detailed info: 

American JKA Karate Association - International Instructor Training Program Overview

The AJKA-I Instructor Training Program is designed with two goals in mind. First, to encourage the formal training of karate instructors for the development of AJKA-I Shotokan Karate-do. Second, to help participants develop interpersonal, class presentation, skills necessary to motivate and guide others in their search to understand and master the art of shotokan karate-do.

Candidates are admitted to the program based upon their interest and their potential to develop into highly qualified karate instructors. The program is based on time in training, attainment of ranking, and performance of karate instruction in the candidate's own club.

Every person licensed as an instructor by the AJKA-I is required to attend and participate in at least 2 instructor training seminars each calendar year. Every effort is made to conduct these seminars at the individual's own training site, and/or national camps as to minimize travel requirements. Videos and written materials are offered as supplements to the training program.

Upon registration, each instructor training candidate is required to keep track of hours of supervised instruction. These hours should be verified with the supervising instructor as they are completed. When sufficient hours are logged for promotion in instructor grade, the supervising instructor will review the candidate's progress and forward his recommendation for promotion to the AJKA-I Chief Instructor. Upon approval, the Chief Instructor will issue the appropriate license.

Licensed Positions:

1. Unclassified Trainee

2. Instructor Trainee (Class E)

3. Associate Instructor (Class D)

4. Qualified Instructor (Class C)

5. Senior Instructor (Class B)

6. Official Instructor (Class A)

POSITION: Unclassified Trainee

An Unclassified Trainee is defined as an individual who does not meet one or more of the basic requirements for regularly licensed instructors but who a) is assisting with instruction on a regular basis or b) has been identified as having the potential to become a licensed instructor. Minimum ranking required is AJKA-I third kyu.

POSITION: Instructor Trainee(Class E Instructor)

Specific Requirements:

1. AJKA-I Shodan rank or higher.

2. Regularly assisting a Club Director for a minimum of 6 months.

Description: The Instructor Trainee performs those functions assigned by the Club Director with periodic review and formal critique by a Qualified Instructor. The duties assigned will be designed specifically for the individual's development as an instructor.

Other: The Instructor Trainee is recommended by the Club Director and approved by the Supervising Instructor.

POSITION: Associate Instructor (Class D Instructor)

Specific Requirements:

1. AJKA-I Nidan rank or higher.

2. Regularly assisting Associate or higher level instructors for a minimum of 1 year, or acting as a Club Director under the supervision of a Qualified Instructor for a minimum of 1 year. Description: The Associate Instructor should normally be charged with full responsibility for one aspect of training within a club. ("Aspect" in this case refers to self-defense classes, children's classes, women's special classes for self-defense, the teaching of beginning students, or other aspects approved by the AJKA-I.)

Other: The Associate Instructor must be recommended by a Qualified Instructor and approved by the AJKA-I Chief Instructor.

POSITION: Qualified Instructor (Class C Instructor)

Specific Requirements:

1. AJKA-I Sandan rank or higher.

2. Regularly teaching under the supervision of a Senior Instructor for a minimum of 1 year or acting as a Club Director under the supervision of a senior instructor for a minimum of 1 year. Description: The Qualified Instructor is charged with the primary responsibility for the training of general members in at least one AJKA-I club. The Qualified Instructor is qualified to conduct general training classes for basic, intermediate and advanced students, and assists Instructor Trainees and Associate Instructors in their development.

Other: The candidate for AJKA-I Qualified Instructor must be approved by the AJKA-I Chief Instructor.

POSITION: Senior Instructor (Class B Instructor)

Specific Requirements:

1. AJKA-I Yondan rank or higher.

2 Regularly instructing in an AJKA-I club for a minimum of 3 years. 5. AJKA-I Qualified Judge. Description: Senior Instructors are responsible for the training and development of karate athletes and instructors in their jurisdiction, regardless of their ranks, and are qualified to conduct training seminars and regular classes for all levels.

Other: The candidate for Senior Instructor must be approved by the AJKA-I Chief Instructor.

POSITION: Official Instructor (Class A Instructor)

Specific Requirements: Official Instructor status is attained only through successful completion of the Official AJKA-I Black Belt Development and Karate Instructor Training Program or its equivalent.

Description: Graduates of the Program are qualified to conduct training seminars, regular classes for all levels, and instructors' seminars. They are actively engaged in the research and development of karate techniques and training methods, and make recommendations to the AJKA-I based on the findings of their research.