JUNIOR RANK BLACK BELT CLASS ASSISTANTS
THE "RED TOP" PROGRAM
What is the Red Top or Black Belt Junior Rank Assisting Instructors Program?
In the tradition of the martial arts, we at the American Martial Arts Institute realize that an apprenticeship is the most effective way for an individual to learn the intricate areas of the martial arts and how to teach the style to someone else. Also realizing that a young adult 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 has not taken on the responsibilities that most adults have, we realize that the maturity of their personality which is essential in the true understanding and teaching of the art has not taken place as of yet either. With that in mind, we identify these helpers in class with a red top when they are assisting the instructors in the class. When they are attending as students, they wear their normal white top and are asked to do nothing more than any other student. The program is designed to allow this junior rank black belt who has been a student for the school for over 6 years and who has a desire to someday be able to join the staff and teach this style to see first hand the methods and details involved in passing on an art to other individuals that are physically, mentally and emotionally different than themselves. How in effect does the style adapt to each individual and still keep its form and standards? The program allows the Red Tops to learn how to represent the school with the community in various ways. They answer the office phone and become familiar with the general paperwork and running of the office. They represent the school at demonstrations and talks by answering questions from interested or just curious spectators as to the school, style and history. They assist the instructors in the general clean up of the training hall and office after the day's classes. The Red Tops serve the needs of the school.