The Annual Conference:

Teaching the Teacher

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 normally in a hotel setting with classroom space, workout space, excellent and reasonably-priced accommodations, and warm weather!

This year, as you know, will be a little different. We'll be virtual, looking forward to having you join us from your own livingroom, dojo, or even a local park!

February 26-28, 2021
We're meeting at your place this year!

Join us online - worldwide.


“It was so fun to get to attend this year. I learned so much and am implementing as we speak. It was great to make more connections and get to know folks more in this intimate environment.
Even if I can’t make it, I am going to make sure to send student teachers every year!"
-Sifu Michele Miller

2021 AWMAI Conference Schedule

All times noted are U.S. Central Time Zone. Schedule subject to change.

Click HERE to read the Winter 2021 Newsletter with Instructor Bios and more conference info!

There is still time to REGISTER!

 10:00 am - 11:30 am    Yin/Yang Walking & Self-Massage (Ivy)   Radical Self Care in Pandemic Times (Jones) 
 Noon - 1:30 pm    Pillow Uke Drills (Fuchs)  Revenue-generating Ideas During COVID-19 (Cupples) Zoomjitsu: Principles & Prectices for Online M.A. (Kaplowitz) 
 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm  Teacher Meeting (teachers only)  Member Meeting - All Welcome  Awards Presentation / Demo
 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm  Opening Welcome & Introductions  Social Time  Social Time
 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  Finding Joy in the Art w/ Virtual Partners (Riley)  How to Present an "Active Shooter" Seminar (Smart) Meditation for Martial Arts Teachers (Epperson)  Keeping Your Students Engaged (Armstrong) 
 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  Meet and Greet / Social Time  Opening the Discussion: Power Dynamics with Race and Rank (Steinbach, Defigueriredo, DeFour, Grate, Taitel)  Revisiting Microaggressions (DeFour)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm        Closing Ceremony
 Legend  Master Workout: Wear Uniform  Moving Classroom: Wear Uniform; Note-taking Lecture/Discussion: Note-taking   Panel Discussion: Note-taking 

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.

Applications for the 2021 conference are now closed.

Curious about past sessions? Here is a list of past class titles.


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