Meet our Coaches
Teaching at Kovsie Karate
At Kovsie Karate teaching (coaching) or executing administrative/management duties is primarily aimed at further self-development of the instructors (coaches) and to contribute towards enabling the club to develop others in the way that it directly or indirectly developed the instructors.
Our instructors are developed through a process of identifying karateka with the grade of brown or black belt (young and old) based on their character, their passion for karate, their inclination towards children and fellow karateka, their dedication towards their own training and their potential to be developed as a karate instructor. They are then exposed to a process that develop teaching skills through assisting a senior instructor (mentor) on the floor during junior classes and later getting tasked to execute simple teaching tasks to individual karateka or small groups under supervision of a senior instructor/mentor.
The next step is exposure to more advanced teaching skills during training in senior classes, after thorough scrutiny of their progress, they then get the responsibility of teaching their own small groups while still under indirect supervision of their mentor and the chief instructor. Student instructors only progresses to this level if they proved that they could teach in a way that supports the culture of the club in that the development of the individual as a person is of primary importance. When they then obtain their first black belt (shodan) they become junior instructors. Their continuous development in karate specific and sport coaching in general is of utmost importance. We achieve this by investing time and money in exposing our instructors to karate specific and other sport coaching seminars and conferences which includes the national SA JKA Karate instructors’ seminars, coaching conferences presented by the Free State Academy for Sport and training sessions with Strive Performance Consultancy who focus on sport psychology.
When junior instructors continue to train and teach in a way that adheres to the required standards and approach to teaching, they are then promoted to instructor level after obtaining their 2nd Dan grading. Senior instructors are appointed from this group after obtaining their 3rd Dan.
In order to ensure the continuation of top level teaching the priority for all instructors remain their own training and development as karateka, instructors and more importantly as individuals.