Kick Unemployment Where It Hurts! New Book Teaches Budding Entrepreneurs How to Start a Martial Arts Business from Scratch

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Norwich-based martial arts instructor and business owner, Talib Fehlhaber, has written a comprehensive guide to setting up and running a successful martial arts business in the UK. His book, entitled "Kick Start Your Own Martial Arts School" (which includes a foreword from renowned martial artist Geoff Thompson) is published by Bookshaker and could provide a genuine alternative to those facing rising unemployment.

Kick Start Your Own Martial Arts School
Being a Black Belt in your chosen martial art often means that you are a white belt in business.

With recent news that unemployment increased by 43,000 in the first quarter of 2013 (source: Labour Force Survey - Office of National Statistics), more and more people are looking to self-employment as a viable option to job-hunting. In particular, the dream of one day running their own martial arts school or club, is something many martial arts enthusiasts nurture. Most instructors, however, have never been told how to successfully set up a martial arts business from scratch or how to run a school with dozens of happy and paying students.

Seeing this real need in budding martial arts entrepreneurs, Talib Fehlhaber, a 30-year veteran of the martial arts, set out to share all he had learned from successfully setting up and running his own thriving martial arts school in Norwich without any previous experience and with zero start up capital.

Talib says, "Being a Black Belt in your chosen martial art often means that you are a white belt in business. Just like teaching is something that needs to be learned, running a profitable full- or part-time martial arts school is an entirely new skill set many instructors lack. This lack of knowledge literally costs martial arts instructors thousands every month in lost revenue and unnecessary spending."

Talib's book has attracted critical praise from martial arts instructors, including BAFTA award-winning author (“Watch My Back”) and martial artist Geoff Thompson who hails it as “The best book on the market” and seriously recommends it to anyone wanting to turn their passion into a profitable business venture.

Geoff says, “Not only do I highly recommend this book, I also think that it is the best book on the market for anyone seriously considering martial arts teaching as a career... I wish I’d had this valuable information at the beginning of my own teaching career."

‘Kick Start Your Own Martial Arts School’ (ISBN 9781781330524) gives practical advice on how to plan, start and grow a successful martial arts business and is available now in paperback (£12.75) and ebook from Amazon.

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PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

Essential Read For All Martial Arts Instructors

“Having recently read Talib's book, I can honestly say that this book is an essential read for all Martial Arts Instructors and for those planning on starting their own clubs. Luckily for me, I came across this book at just the right time. New to running my own martial arts club, and being a bit unsure of what to expect and lacking confidence in the 'business' side of things, this book gave me an insight into the martial arts industry and how to navigate it's many facets. Talib offers a helping hand and an encouragement to keep going and to persevere no matter what. Additionally, the points raised in this book are transferable to any small business which you may have. My partner, who is starting her own small business is now reading this book and is already implementing many of the key points raised. Thanks Talib and I’m already looking forward to the next instalment!”

  • Charlie Warren, Urban Escrima, London

Real Honest Advice That Actually Works

“I have recently set up a martial arts school and I have been looking for info on how to help on all aspects of running a martial arts school. In the book Talib mentions about being a black belt in martial arts but a white belt in business and I agree. My school has been doing fairly well but there is definitely lots of room for improvement. Any help I can get I am very grateful and this book has helped a lot. A very close friend bought this book for me and sent it to me as a gift and for this I am very grateful. I have bought material offline on how to run a martial arts business, a lot of material is focused on USA gyms and a lot of info is either outdated or useless. Money wasted. The information in this book works, there is a lot of content, very useful and I have been following many of the plans in this book and I am starting to feel I am moving in the right direction. Planning and organising my time better, following a plan and working towards my goals. I highly recommend this book for anyone out there that really cares about running a successful martial arts business, not solely for profits but a gym where students love to train. Enjoy!!”

  • Mike Dorrian, Jiu Jitsu Technics, Manchester

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Being a Black Belt in your chosen martial art often means that you are a white belt in business. Just like teaching is something that needs to be learned, running a profitable full- or part-time martial arts school is an entirely new skill set that many instructors lack. This lack of knowledge literally costs martial arts instructors thousands every month in lost revenue and unnecessary spending. The dream of one day running your own martial arts school or club, is something many martial arts instructors nurture. Most instructors however have never been told how to successfully set up a martial arts business from scratch or how to run a school with dozens of happy and paying students. This essential guide gives you all the information you need to operate a thriving martial arts business and covers every stage of the process from starting your business and attracting students to planning lessons and building a long-term reputation and financial future. What makes this guide unique is that it has been written by someone who has actually been there and done it for himself without any previous experience and with zero start up capital.

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