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Looking For Well Paying Careers In The Martial Arts Industry

By Dustin Fennell

Let’s be clear on something: There are careers in the martial arts industry to be found, but if you’re only hoping to study martial arts for the sake of earning money, you’ll be sorely disappointed. It’s not an easy road to travel. The jobs are out there, yes, but you have to work at the martial arts for passion, not for money.

If you keep at it, though, if you’re passionate if you have the talent, you can make a living as a martial artist. Just be sure that you’re doing it for the passion of the art, and remember that the way you treat others is generally more important than anything else in this field. Martial arts are a family above all else, and those who treat it as such will almost invariably do better than those who don’t.


There are a lot of instructing jobs out there. You can either run your own dojo, or you can become an assistant instructor. Alternately, you might be able to find work running the karate class at the local community centers. If you want to run your own dojo, you need to be careful. Many senseis, despite their excellent knowledge and expertise, go under almost immediately because they simply don’t know anything about marketing themselves. When your whole life is the art of fighting, it’s hard to learn business.

Becoming an assistant instructor can be a little more reliable. You may even inherit a dojo should your master wish to retire or expand and teach in another location.

It’s hard to say exactly how much you’ll make as an instructor, but most do it for the passion, the love of teaching, while drawing their living expenses from investments and so on. Not to say that you can’t make a living as a sensei, just that you do need to study the art of marketing as well as the art of fighting.

Stunt Work

Stunt work isn’t quite as big an industry as it once was. As action movies have become more ambitious, they actually have been phasing out traditional stuntwork in favor of CGI and actors doing their own fight scenes. However, television still has a lot of room for stunt work. You may also find work performing for motion capture for video games and so on.

The downside: You’ll have to live near a big entertainment city like New York, Toronto, LA, etcetera. The good news: It’s easy to find the work and get employed if you have the skills and you’re not afraid of falling off a roof and landing on your butt.

Stunt people make good money as they have one of the riskiest jobs in show business, but the next month’s check isn’t always a guarantee, as it’s mainly freelance work. Very few stuntmen work on salary.

The New Media

If you’re willing to look into the new options available today, there are really a lot of routes that people have only begun to explore. For example, you could start a video account and make online viral videos sharing your knowledge for free. How will that make you money? Well you can go to those sites that share ad revenue and earn ad money through your teaching, you could sell DVDs. Or, you could start a website giving martial arts advice and earn ad revenue. You could join one of those advice websites as the Karate expert. There are a lot of ways to make money on the internet, no matter what you’re good at.

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