Martial Arts Instructor

Employment Type
Job Category
Sports Programs
Ridgewood YMCA

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities. 

The Ridgewood YMCA is seeking a Martial Arts Instructor who will be responsible for working with children / teens to promote the enjoyment of Martial Arts while improving physical competence, developing confidence and teaching basic skill development. The incumbent will teach beginners to Intermediate Karate classes for children ages 5-12.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in the program, by providing close supervision of all activities.
  • Provide a fun, safe and positive experience for all participants.  
  • Work with the Supervisor to develop program objectives and goals for each program session.
  • Create a written lesson plan for the program session that is age-appropriate and progressive.   
  • Provide supervision of the participants in line with YMCA program standards and guidelines (i.e. ratio, attendance).
  • Modify lesson plans and instruction to meet the needs of the participants. 
  • Communicate with parents / guardians regarding the progress of their child / teen, and registration for the next session.
  • Communicate to parents / guardians about additional YMCA opportunities that can benefit them or their child.
  • Create an environment that is encouraging to all participant, regardless of skill level.
  • Inform supervisor on-duty regarding any incident reports that need to be filled out.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of branch emergency procedures and take appropriate actions for emergency situations.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance, sign in/out forms, behavior reports, incident reports, and accident reports, as appropriate). 
  • Work with the Supervisor to develop and lead program promotion and recruitment efforts.
  • Attend YMCA Coaching within 90 days of employment.
  • Receive CDC Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports certification within 30 days of employment.
  • Actively participate in all training sessions, designated meetings and special events.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience teaching children / teens martial arts, in a structured setting.
  • Current martial arts instruction certification by a recognized body beyond belt rank and ability.
  • Knowledge of youth development stages.
  • Content expert in designated sport.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Current First Aid / CPR certifications.
  • Must be available to work Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity.

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please forward your cover letter and resume with subject line “Martial Arts Instructor” to or to:

Ridgewood YMCA
Attn.:   Alexandra Reyes
69-02 64th Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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