The backbone of the martial arts are the instructors. Few professions require as much dedication as does martial arts instruction. Rarely does a martial arts instructor earn a living teaching the martial arts; the teaching is done out of love of teaching, the living must be earned elsewhere.
Martial art instructors are looked up to and emulated so they must always watch everything they say and do for it will not only reflect upon them and their martial arts, but it may affect the lives of students and the paths they take in life.
From their first day in class when they first meet their instructor, many students dream of the day when they too will become instructors. Some will become instructors; some will not. Some will become good instructors; some will not. Some will instruct for most of their lives, some for only a short time. Whichever the case, instructing is a challenging, but also rewarding, undertaking.