Having good martial arts drills is the key to keeping your students, plain and simple. But, the more difficult part is figuring out how to do this? How do you keep the students excited and the lesson planning fast and easy?
The first thing you need to do is take a good look at your own energy level. Surely, you can’t expect your students to have a high energy level if you aren’t bringing on into classes yourself. So, before your classes throw on some blood-pumping music.
Secondly, you need to know your students. Are you dealing with beginners or with more advanced Karate students? The more advanced your students are, the more challenging karate drills need to be. One of the biggest mistakes karate instructors make is to dumb-down their martial arts drills for their older students leaving them bored and ready to quit.
Third, you need to make sure that the other instructors in your Dojo are all bringing in positive energy to their classes. Having a bad day? You need to leave it at the door – bringing in negative energy is a sure-fire way to lose students.
But I have to say that the most important part about retaining your students is having fun, challenging drills each week. Your students desperately want unique karate drills and kata, not the same repetitive drills you do week after week. Keeping things fresh and exciting is a sure way to keep your students happy and to keep your karate Dojo thriving!