The Annual Conference

Teaching the Teacher: Sharing Our Knowledge

Whether you're new to teaching or a seasoned pro, school owner or part-time assistant, the Teaching the Teacher conference is for you. Our conference presenters are women of high skill and deep experience. Like our membership itself, they represent a wide range of martial arts styles, and hold a common desire to share what they know for the betterment of all.

The Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors invites you to take part in this very special opportunity, to:

  • Network with other women who love and teach martial arts.
  • Learn from successful instructors and school owners with decades of experience.
  • Improve your best practices for sustaining your school and adding value for your students.
  • Share your expertise, and support other women in the martial arts and self-defense communities.
  • Relax and be the student instead of the teacher!
  • Applaud your colleagues receiving Rank Promotion or Recognition, or entering the Hall of Fame.

Location, Location, Location!

The conference is held in the first quarter of each year, at varied locations in the U.S.... but always in a hotel setting with classroom space, workout space, excellent and reasonably-priced accommodations, and warm weather!

Be There!

February 22-24, 2019
at the Bay Club Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA

Bay Club Hotel and Marina

Bay Club Hotel and Marina

Teaching the Teacher: Be a Presenter

AnaAWMAI actively seeks dynamic presenters for our annual conference. Share your knowledge, skills, experience and vision with a talented group of colleagues! Past topics have included:
  • Skill building for instructors
  • Creating an instructor training program
  • The challenges and joys of teaching children
  • Inventive warm-ups for all ages
  • Sales and marketing tactics to use (or avoid)
  • Taking your student body from 10 to 100 and beyond
  • The ins and outs of opening a school
  • Applying the principles of motor learning
  • Creating dynamic demonstrations
  • Social dynamics within the classroom
  • Recognizing abilities and differences

Classes may take the form of lecture/discussion, or “moving classroom,” where participants practice while they learn.

2019 Instructors/Teams

Professor Jane Carr / Sensei Katie Murphy - Stevens - Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu
Professor Jane Carr / Sensei Delina Fuchs - Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu
Shihan Nahid Farzinzad – Kyokushin Karate
Master Terri Giamartino - Cuong Nhu
Sensei Denise Gonzales - Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu
Hanshi Zosia Gorbaty – Zujitsu Ryu
Grandmaster Sunny Graff -Taekwondo, Multiple Styles, Self Defense
Professor Sheryl Hager / Sensei Nerissa Freeman - Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu
Sifu Debbie Leung - Taiji, Qigong
Shihan Dara Masi - Hakko Densho Ryu Jujutsu
Sigung Michelle McVadon - Kajukenbo, Aikido
Sifu Michele Miller - Northern Shaolin Gong Fu, Taiji, Kajukenbo
Sifu Prema Polit / Sifu Marcella Raimondo - Kajukenbo
Sigung Sonya Richardson - Kajukenbo
Grandmaster Odette Russell - S.W.A.M. Modern Martial Arts
Jennie Trower / Jarrett Arthur - Krav Maga, Self Defense
Sifu Gin Yang - Kajukenbo

Tentative Schedule:

 What's Happening
 Friday, Feb 22
 8:00 am - 9:30 am
 Registration Check-In/Raffle tickets for sale-(Front/Lobby Area)
 9:30 am - 10:15 am
 Opening Welcome & Presenter Introductions-AWMAI Board *C
 10:30 am - 11:15 am
 Session 1: SPECIAL OPENING Workout -(Graff) *C
 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
 Session 2: Progressive Partner Practice- MWO (Carr/Murphy-Stevens) *H
                    Polishing Assistants -LD (Richardson) *S
 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
 Buffet Lunch
 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
 Session 3: AWMAI Presentations & Board Report *S
 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 Session 4: Care & Feeding of Advanced Ranks-LD (Masi) *S
                    Teaching Internal Practices-MC (Leung) *C
                    Tips on Teaching Multi-Level Class-MC (McVadon)*H
 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
 Session 5: Creating a Teacher Training Program-LD (Giamartino) *S
                    When You Don’t Fit the Mold-MC (Polit/Raimondo) *H
 Evening  Dinner on your own; bonfire with s'mores on the beach
 Saturday, Feb 23
 7:00 am - 8:00 am
 Session 6: Beach Workout-EMWO (Farzinzad) BEACH
                    Morning Yoga-EMWO (Gorbaty) *H
 8:00 am - 9:30 am
 Breakfast on your own
 9:30 am - 11:00 am
 Session 7: Law & Liability-LD (Gonzales) *S
                    Teachers Toolbox-MC (Flynn) *H
 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
 Session 8: Kids Pay the Bills-LD (Masi) *S
                    Groundwork Drills-MWO (Hager/Freeman) *H
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
 Buffet Lunch
 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 Session 9: Anything in your Purse is a Weapon”-MC (Russell)*S
                    Motion: Releasing the Brakes-MC (Graff) *H
 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
 DEMO Session (ALL)
 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 Social /Free time
 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
 Banquet and Awards/No Host Bar *C
 Sunday, Feb 24
 7:00 am - 8:00 am
 Session 10: Morning Stretches-EMWO (Miller) *H
                      Pilates-EMWO (Yang) *S
 8:00 am - 9:30 am
 Breakfast on your own
 9:30 am - 11:00 am
 Session 11: Forbidden Jujitsu-MWO (Carr/Fuchs) *H
                      No School, No Problem-LD (Trower/Arthur) *S
 11:15 am - Noon
 Session 12: Conference Closing; FINAL/BIG Raffle *C
 Noon Hotel Checkout


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