Rank Up will teach you how to become a world-class martial arts instructor, which leads to growing a thriving martial arts school. This podcast is for instructors looking to rank up; both as teachers and business owners. We go in-depth on running classes, managing your team, marketing, teaching with purpose, and secrets that other instructors either don't know about, or are too lazy to take action on. You'll be guided by Michael Hodge, the founder of the Global Martial Arts University, which has thousands of students in more than 40 different countries. Learn, have fun, and enjoy the real life stories and lessons.
The Ultimate Wait-Loss Program
It's time to lose all of that wait! Today I will walk you through a program that cuts the excuses and helps you take action on the most critical thing in your life. There is not time to waste. Inside:
-Understanding the power of now (not later).
-Getting that fact that you already have everything you need to be a success.
-You're either all in or all out (how to commit).
-How to hold yourself accountable by ousting yourself to others.
-The biggest regret of the dying.
Question of the Day: Why is now a great time to become a professional martial arts instructor?
The Abundance You’ve Always Dreamed Of
Would you like to never again worry about having enough money, energy, and love in your life? You can. Stop worrying. Today I will show you how you don't "get more abundance", but you actually embody it, now.
-Trying to get more and create more abundance (to have more money, more time, a bigger house, more stuff, etc.) - is a fool’s errand.
-What abundance really looks like in life - being a channel. Abundance is all about circulation.
-The opposite of abundance is lack and scarcity. Let’s look at some behaviors that you need to stop.
-We’ll look at some behaviors to start doing, which allow you to step into a mindset of abundance - now.
Question of the Day:
How can I be different from the school down the street?
Personalized Training and Grading for Student Success (w/ Jon Hodge)
Today, special guest Sensei Jon Hodge, a black belt instructor with more than 20 years of teaching experience (and my father), presents his unique formula for personalizing training and grading for your students. Today we'll cover:
-Why you should follow a personalized format rather than squeezing everyone into a box.
-Sensei Jon's unique "pyramid method" for helping students build the foundation that they need.
-How to implement this in group classes and testing.
-How this does not decrease the quality of your students, and actually leads to much higher retention.
-How to hold the vision of black belt for your students in a very real way.
Question of the day: What separates a novice martial arts instructor from an experienced martial arts instructor?
Who Are You Here to Help?
It's time to gain precise clarity around who you are meant to help, and how you can do that. Today you will:
-Define your "dream life."
-Discover who you are meant to help.
-Realize the outcome you can give your tribe/clients/students.
-Develop an impact statement.
-How to create a business model unique to your personal purpose - which is financially successful.
I go over actual examples of leaning into your impact statement and how it can shape your entire business and life.
Question of the Day: Do you fail students at an exam?
Your School is Growing! (How to Add Staff)
Your mat is overflowing with students - what a great problem to have! I have handled this poorly in the past, and lost many of the new students. I then learned which staff members to hire. Learn from my experience, as we cover:
-How to know that you're at capacity.
-Steps to take before hiring staff.
-Intelligent scheduling and class design.
-Job roles and who you should hire.
-What you should outsource.
-Big mistakes that I made with my own staff.
Evaluate Your Own Instructor Performance
How can you objectively evaluate your performance as a martial arts instructor? Not just by looking at retention, students quitting, and the numbers. In this episode, I will take you through an entire classroom evaluation, one that you can use as a litmus test to check yourself (before you wreck yourself).
-Ways to evaluate your performance without a mentor.
-What to look for in every section of the class (before class, warm up, skill drill, curriculum sections, mat chat, game, announcements).
-What separates world-class instructors from no-class instructors.
Question of the day: "What is your favorite equipment to use during class?"
Customer ReviewsSee All
Martial arts for everyone
Though I am in the beginning of my martial arts journey, I know it’s all about commitment and goal setting.
At 62 years old, Army Veteran, retired firefighter and Corrections I have learned that I can do anything, but when I became disabled with arthritis, I thought it was the end.
I turned to exercise and enrolled with GMAU.
I have found my next goal and that’s to become an instructor and teach others, especially those with similar disabilities that martial arts is for everyone.
This podcast is a great way to start my journey.
Thank You Sensei Michael.
Real Life Experience
Every Rank Up episode is filled with Michael ‘s real life experiences as an instructor and school owner. I can sense his passion for each subject and I always seem to walk away with something new from each episode. I really enjoy the question and answer section as well. Keep it up!
This podcast was a well organized and informative listen. Each episode was full of great tips from an obviously knowledgeable source. The organization of the episodes flowed well and the information built upon itself in a appreciative way. I especially enjoyed the information of rotating curriculums and thought the financial aspect of the podcast was well presented.