Tips on Using Martial Arts Certificates to Help Retention in Your Karate School

Here’s an idea to help with motivation, and help with retention for Karate Instructors.  You can pass out martial arts certificates based on random things– or specific specific things– like, the “best listener of the day”.  Another award might be “best kicker of the day”. There are a variety of options when you use your creative mind.  This kind of change of the patterns of the class and gives instant gratification as students are earning their belts.

Other ones might be for kids that are just “excited to be here”. For some of the credit kids that maybe aren’t athletic or they don’t get awards and are overlooked, and they’re struggling — you can provide mini-prizes to keep them engaged.

You can also create a “best ‘blank’-of-the-day”, but you could do punch or you could do striker, best yell of the day, etc.  You could also use a concept like rope skipping.  We do rope skipping and I have that’s a jump rope that has no middle and with the best or most 30 seconds of jump roping.

At one time, I had off site locations so you could list them all on one certificate. Pass out stickers for the kids to put on their certificates so they get a certificate and then maybe give one, two or three stickers they can put on their certificate to customize it and make her/him look and feel part of the cool groups.

The students used to stick them on their shirt — and I made them stick them on the paper because it usually will stay. I find if I say, “Hey guys we’re going to pass out this best kicker of the day certificate at the end of the class”, I’m gonna see who’s got the best kicks for the day. Or who’s going to be an all star for today.

It’s one of the things that I found that really motivates a lot of the kids– and they’ll perform at higher levels than you even expected– its like wow they really working hard for that!   It gives them some self esteem, it helps them with their spatial awareness, etc.

Another one we put stickers on is “other things you can do”. Yes like I said you can incorporate your school curriculums. For a hi-tech folks out there, you could put a QR code right on the certificate and then their mom or dad could scan it with their smartphone and you could take him to whatever page you want– whether it’s a video of the class or picture of the class or your enrollment page.  You know could you be creative on that tip.

Other things that I found that works really well in addition to the stickers, is putting your name on it.   You have parents sign a release where you can take pictures and photos what I would do it my next location is free do the certificates what the pictures of the kids are so for example let’s say this was an actual face of a kid.  You would have a blank space that they would say “best ‘blank’-of-the-day” and then have five blank certificates already printed up with her/his picture on it.  I guarantee you, if his or her pictures on the certificate they’re gonna keep it they’re going to treasure it. You can also change the borders of the certificate– some don’t have borders and some have borders.

What I found, kids that get the outstanding student once, they seem to always get outstanding ones so they’re good.  Let her/him know that they’re good, but kind of change up to certificates. Change up the borders, and colors of the certificates.  Hopefully these tips help you generate your own ideas for helping retention in your school!

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