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How do I become an instructor?

Various rankings in each or all the courses can be achieved in seminars and classes. Train with us and master these levels. Instructorships are available in each course, or in the CQC Group. Instructorships involve classroom training, hands-on practice and both written and physical testing in a designated camp or course.

First, pick a course:
Force Necessary: Hand! The unarmed course
Force Necessary: Stick! The impact weapons course
Force Necessary: Knife! The knife course
Force Necessary: Gun! The gun course
Close Quarter Combat Group: (completion of the hand, stick, knife, gun
Police Judo: The police/enforcement course
Pacific Archipelago Combatives: Materials from Indonesia, Hawaii,
                                                Japan, Philippines. Also includes
                                                Freelancer Filipino Martial Arts

These levels are not long, not complicated and built to be an easily digested progression. Technically everything should be in level 1! But it can't be. It has to be spaced out for this digestion.
The teaching levels are:
  > Class Organizer authorized to develop your skills with partners for advancement
  > Basic Instructor upon completing any  3 levels in a course
  > Advanced Instructor upon completing any 6 levels in a course
  > Specialist Instructor upon completing any 9 levels in a course
  > "Black" Instructor upon completing Level 10. We know that in the business of teaching, one important credential among others, among the students of the world, is the accomplishment of a Black Belt. And with that? Your training/understaning truly begins. This is an old black belt adage that is and should be very true.

Finish any three levels in a course (they need not be order) and then qualify as a basic instructor. Finish and 6? Advanced. Finish any 9? Subject Matter Expert.

Much of the early testing is done at seminars as I will teach that level's material and watch a candidate perform it in amongst other students.
My typical seminars are about 14 or 15 hours over a weekend. I only plan on teaching certain themes for about 6 to 8 of these hours. The other hours I select material needed by the attendees.

Some camps are geared specifically for rank advancement. Those are the best to go to. Most seminars are just about subject matter.


Also, of course, your regional instructor, or your favorite non-regional instructor can promote you too, in his or her regular classes, semi-privates or privates.


Q: Must Instructors Teach Only Congress Material?

A: NO! You are free to do as you wish. Some SFC instructors...

    - Exclusively teach Congress material.

    - Run Congress courses in their school or other schools.

    - Mix Congress material into their existing program.

    - Lease time in schools, gyms, rec. centers, etc..

   - Use their backyards and garages to teach.

   - Travel on their own seminar circuit.

   - Are also instructors of other very famous courses! And teach those too.

   - Are military and police instructors and teach those services too.

I don't care! It is important to improvise and grow. These programs are about you not me. Your growth, success and education.


Is there expensive, instructor re-certification?

No. Its free when you attend another annual seminar.

I do need to see ranking practitioners and instructors about once a year because a common seminar will have a new theme or new materials. We never stop processing material.

So, about once a year you need to swing by and see me. No doubt I will travel more than my share to get within striking distance of you.

I get the common question all the time...

                                "when are you coming to Hampton?" 

Then some questions that are literally like this one...

          "When will you parachute into my backyard...near the have
           a seminar?"

          "and if you do jump into my backyard? Is there a discount?"

I simply cannot go everywhere, land in everyone's neighborhood or backyard. Sometimes Johnny has to act a big boy and travel a little. You are simply going to have to travel. No doubt I will travel way, way more than my fair share to get within reasonable striking distance of you.


In the hand course, stick course, knife course, gun course, PAC course...An instructor can make one rank level under them.

Basic instructor can only promote their students to levels 1 and 2, No instructorships
Advanced instructor can only make a basic instructor and up to level 5
Expert instructor can make basic and advanced and up to level 8

A level 10, a so-called "master" (as in range master not martial arts masters) makes up to 9
Each level above makes a level under them.

In a way, work in the individual courses help build the time and grade for the CQC Group.

As far as the CQC Group...
Only I can make a Hand, Stick, Knife, Gun Close Quarter Combat Group rank or instructors, as each individual CQC Group level is like its own "black belt test." This is real slow going and only a few folks, maybe less than 95 hold, CQC Group rank, yet I teach over 1,000 people a year, sometimes more.

An instructor earns the right to purchase ran certificates at a discounted, "wholesale" rate and charge "retail"



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