Instructors certified through the USKF receive a number of benefits in excess of those they receive as a USKF certified black belt and member including, but not limited to; the opportunity to attend free instructional skills seminars, access to other USKF Instructors and Officials for business consultation, discounts on seminar and tournament application fees, and curriculum support.
The United States Kido Federation requires all teaching* black belt members to maintain USKF instructors certification. This requirement is waived for members who have independently achieved instructors certification through National Certification Commission on Martial Arts.
All instructor certification requirements are listed on the application, however; minimum requirements include time in grade, hours taught, CPR/First Aid Certification, and may include a background check. The USKF will not certify any member as an instructor who has been convicted of any crime against children, moral turpitude, felony theft, or felony drug offense.
All applicants must submit a completed application at which point the necessity for a background check will be determined. Applicants may be required to submit verification of an independent background investigation at their own cost if requested by the USKF. Reasons for automatic waiver include, but are not limited to those individuals working in fields that routinely require background investigation as part of licensure including but not limited to: Active Law Enforcement, Active Educator, Social Worker, and/or Active Military.
Assistant Instructor – Available to 1st and 2nd Dans with less than 3 years in grade as a black belt and who are at least 16 years of age. Assistant Instructors must have at least 5 years minimum total training in their art. ($135.00)
Instructor – Available to 2nd to 4th Dans with 5 or more years in grade as a black belt and who are at least 16 years of age. Instructors must have at least 8 years minimum total training time in their art. ($155.00)
Senior Instructor/Junior Master – Available to 4th and 5th Dans with 8 or more years in grade as a black belt and who is at least 25 years of age. Junior Master must have at least 15 years total training time in their art. ($155.00)
Master Instructor – Available to 5th Dans and above with 12 or more years in grade as a black belt and who is at least 30 years of age. Master Instructors must have at least 20 years total training time in their art. ($175.00)
GrandMaster – Available to 8th Dans and above. Special submission and board approval required.
The average cost for a first time applicant is $160 (includes background check) if made directly to the Federation. The cost for subsequent applications follow fee schedule below if made directly to Federation. Special discounts on instructor certifications may be available for those black belts training at USKF Chartered Schools. See your head instructor for details. USKF instructor certification is good for 2 years from the date of issue.
All Instructor Packages:
All Instructor certification packages will include (at minimum) an instructor certification certificate and identification card. You may request 20 blank gup testing cards, testing submission template, gup testing submission protocols, shared compensation opportunities information, and 4 complimentary member patches at no additional cost.