- Friendly. You want someone that wants to teach not be idolized. Remember you are paying them for a service not becoming their peon.
- Knowledgeable. Check the instructors credentials. Just because they say they are a black belt doesn’t mean they are. Call the school that they claim awarded them their belt.
- Dedicated. Does the instructor teach on a regular basis or are you paying for a lay person to teach you. If that is the case maybe the instructors priorities are in line with yours.
- Organized. Your instruction shouldn’t be haphazard or random in his instruction. Your instructor should have a development plan that takes you from white up to his belt level.
- Mentoring. You want a instructor that takes person interest in you and your development. You have individual needs to improve and succeed. Your instructor should be sensitive to this and help you grow.
It is very important that if you are starting out you start out on the right foot. There plenty of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and Martial Art schools out there that will take your money. The trick is finding the cream of the crop. You want the most bang for your buck. Martial Arts should be fun and rewarding. Don’t settle for less.