Burnout.. Who teaches the teachers?

I have had the pleasure of working with some very talented people over the years. These are people who are passionate about the world of martial arts. These are good, hardworking people who sometimes struggle every day to offer a quality service and keep the doors open. Many schools have a limited amount of equipment which often needs to be replaced. The struggle is real for those who are called to teach. This is a calling that can lead to burnout.

If you ask most instructors about the last time they took a vacation, they will often give you a sad tired laugh. Now mention a sabbatical and they will look at you like you grew an extra arm. In many teaching professions, such times away are set up well in advance. A way to refill the cup that so often is in desperate need of replenishment. But how do instructors do that when you have a small struggling school?


Seminars are a great way for instructors to play the role of student again. Weather it’s traveling to another school or bringing the guest teacher to their location. It also gives the schools teachers new ideas for things they want to pass along to their students.

Student Teachers

Teach to learn and learn to teach. Many schools have students that have been attending for some time and want to share their insights. It’s also a great way to fill in any staffing gaps in your roster. This will help develop the student and boost morale in the ranks. Plus, you might get a much needed break. Even if it’s for only one night a week.

Scheduled time off

You are going to have to do it at some point. Taking one scheduled day off per month may seem small but it’s really important. It gets instructors out of the frenzy and will help with some much-needed perspective.