MATTaC - Martial Arts Teacher Training and Certification

Martial arts teacher training and certification from whistlekick...

Martial Arts Teacher Training and Certification (MATTaC) Level 1

We're still working out dates for 2023.
We expect to roll out Level 2 in 2023.

Martial Arts Teacher Training and Certification Level 1 is an all-day course designed to help martial arts instructors, of all experience levels and styles, advance their teaching skills. Rooted in universal teaching principles, this course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and drill to help you become a better teacher. You'll notice changes that day, and continue to notice changes over time.

(If you're looking for individualized attention for you or your martial arts school, please consider our Martial Arts Consulting)

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This Course...

This course isn't about what to teach - that varies depending on style. Rather, it's about how to teach, as well as when and why.

Level 1 is the entry point to the whistlekick/MATTaC martial arts educational sphere. As we roll out additional courses you'll have the chance to gain further understanding and, in some cases, certification. Our Level 1 is the starting place, and is equally applicable to those getting ready to teach their first class as well as instructors with decades of experience. Everyone will find value in this class.
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This course is taught by whistlekick founder, Jeremy Lesniak, and MATTaC Co-Founder Craig Wharem. Between the two of them, they have decades of instructional experience, with complementary skills that led to the creation of this program.

We all know that growing as an instructor is important. Just as we improve our martial arts skill, we should be improving our martial art instruction skill! Rooted in principles that apply to any teacher/student relationship, our courses will help bring out the exceptional teacher that was hiding inside you all along.


In my 25 years of owning and operating my own school, and almost 50 years training in the martial arts I have never seen such a dynamic program that empowers Martial arts instructors. MATTaC not only educated but also inspired my staff and I to go from excellent (which my staff was) to outstanding, over-the-top leaders in the community as well as the martial arts. ~Mark Warner


All you need is willingness, and time. Know that we can give you the tools you need to improve, but you need to implement them. These courses are intensive, but fun. We strive to better ourselves as we teach the teachers, which is why the courses continue to improve over time.


This is something I should have all my black belts participate in order to help them with their journey into becoming instructors, which in turn will help me start to delegate more and give them the time and space they need to move forward. ~Kellie Thomas