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The 5 Character Traits of Every Great Taekwondo Instructor by KJN Fred Parks, RN, BS, MPA


The 5 Character Traits of Every Great Taekwondo Instructor by KJN Fred Parks, RN, BS, MPA


Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that focuses on kicking techniques. It is a physically demanding and challenging discipline, but it can also be a lot of fun. One of the most important factors in a successful Taekwondo journey is having a great instructor. A good instructor can help you learn the techniques, develop your skills, and stay motivated.

Here are 5-character traits of every great Taekwondo instructor:

1. Passion for Taekwondo

A great Taekwondo instructor is passionate about the art. They love teaching and helping others learn. They are always eager to share their knowledge and experience with their students. When an instructor is passionate about Taekwondo, it shows in their teaching. They are more likely to be enthusiastic and engaging, which makes the learning experience more enjoyable for their students.

2. Excellent Communication Skills

A great Taekwondo instructor is also an excellent communicator. They can explain the techniques clearly and concisely. They are also able to adapt their teaching style to the individual needs of their students. When an instructor can communicate effectively, it helps their students learn more quickly and easily.

3. Patience

Taekwondo is a challenging martial art, and it takes time and practice to learn the techniques. A great Taekwondo instructor is patient with their students. They understand that everyone learns at their own pace. They are also willing to provide extra help and support to students who need it. When an instructor is patient, it helps their students stay motivated and focused on their goals.

4. Positive Attitude

A great Taekwondo instructor has a positive attitude. They are encouraging and supportive of their students. They believe in their students’ ability to learn and succeed. When an instructor has a positive attitude, it helps create a positive learning environment where students feel comfortable and motivated.

5. Commitment to Excellence

A great Taekwondo instructor is committed to excellence. They are constantly striving to improve their own skills and knowledge. They are also committed to helping their students reach their full potential. When an instructor is committed to excellence, it shows in their teaching. They are always looking for new ways to improve their lessons and help their students learn.


These are just a few of the character traits that make a great Taekwondo instructor. If you are looking for a Taekwondo instructor, be sure to look for someone who possesses these qualities. With a great instructor, you can learn the techniques of Taekwondo and develop the skills and mindset that will help you succeed in this challenging and rewarding martial art.

In addition to the above character traits, here are some other qualities that are important for a great Taekwondo instructor:

  • Empathy: A good instructor can understand and relate to their students’ needs and challenges.
  • Discipline: A good instructor can set clear expectations and enforce discipline in the classroom.
  • Organization: A good instructor can plan and organize their lessons effectively.
  • Adaptability: A good instructor can adapt their teaching style to the individual needs of their students.
  • Leadership: A good instructor can motivate and inspire their students to achieve their goals.

If you are interested in becoming a Taekwondo instructor, it is important to develop these qualities. You can do this by taking classes, attending workshops, and gaining experience as a student. With hard work and dedication, you can become a great Taekwondo instructor who helps others learn and grow.

If you feel that you have these character traits, are a black belt over the age of 18, and desire a career in Taekwondo I recommend that you contact the USNTA to register for the next Instructor Certification Course.


Respectfully Yours,

Fred Parks, RN, BS, MPA

Vice President USNTA

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