Many people ask me "how do I become an Apprentice Instructor in IKI Krav Maga", and then of course, Assistant, Associate, Full Instructor etc.
So here is the answer.
It used to be our policy at IKI that if you had a similar rank in another Israeli style you could be eligible upon joining. I was rather liberal at the start and awarded an Apprentice instructor (phase one at the time) to anyone with a black belt or instructor certificate in an Israeli style or in a reality self defense style. I was bitterly disappointed with the level of many of these instructors when I finally saw them in action. This policy has been discontinued.
Now the policy is simpler; you take a test either in person or via DVD. You pay a one time fee and take the test until you pass, no matter how many times it takes.
What does Apprentice Instructor status give you?
It gives you the right to teach IKI material as a certified instructor. It gives you the right to test Yellow and Orange belt levels and use your own judgment as to what material to include in the test. And it gives you the right to prepare for Assistant instructor.
Assistant Instructor also involves a test, but first it involves at least a period of one year, maybe more, in IKI. This is a judgment call, my call.
What contributes to Assistant Instructor?
Showing a strong dedication to keeping up with IKI, and learning new techniques. Clearly, you must show that you are proficient in IKI Krav Maga techniques. You must show an improved ability over Phase One. The techniques should become smoother and more natural, and, very importantly, you must show that you know how to teach these techniques properly.
Making an effort to host seminars or at least attend seminars.
Making a contribution to IKI; such as referring members, networking, helping with designs or certificates, writing about IKI on the internet, believing in our mission and actually doing something about it.