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!

In 2023 we return to an in-person format, at the site of our sold-out 2019 conference: the Bay Club Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California. Join us!

Bay Club Hotel and Marina

Make your room reservation today!

Click the link above, or call the reservations department at (800) 672-0800 and reference Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors.

Register for the Conference TODAY!

Attending with a group? Register 4 participants and the 5th is free!

“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

Register today! Class information coming soon! Scholarship Application

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.

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

Get ready for AWMAI 2023

We're looking forward to holding our conference on schedule, in person next February 24-26, in beautiful San Diego, California! Join us as we return to the Bay Club Hotel and Marina on Shelter Island, site of our sold-out 2019 conference.

Make your hotel reservation today!

Phone: (800) 672-0800 (reference Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors)

Book online

Early Registration is open. We have NOT raised our fees! We invite you to register for the 2023 Conference at 2020 rates. In addition, we have generous scholarships available for those who might not otherwise be able to attend. Please apply HERE first to get your discount code before registering for the conference.

Register for the Conference HERE.


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