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ashworth
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:39 pm    Post subject: New Instructor Gift Reply with quote

So I run a karate club that is still quite small, a few years ago I made my longest serving student into an assistant, and has been helping me run the classes for a good couple of years now.

I have decided on promoting him into a full instructor, as a recognition of his hard work an dedication over the years.

This is exciting for me having another instructor in the club, and to mark the occasion I would like to give him some kind of gift, have been thinking of a few ideas but wondered if anyone here had been in a similar situation, or wonder what you would do in that situation, what would be a nice gift to your new instructor...
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Spartacus Maximus
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best gift idea for anyone and any occasion is something that will be both appreciated by the receiver and practically useful. What would a martial arts instructor find useful and practical in their functions(as an instructor)?
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JR 137
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont think it has to be anything MA related. Get him something hed like. A nice bottle of Scotch, something that he may collect, stuff like that. Something hell appreciate and use.

Then do something something small and symbolic for the dojo, like his name on something official as an instructor. Perhaps a framed picture of the two of you or the like in your gis also.
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Fat Cobra
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a custom-embroidered Gi top?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fat Cobra wrote:
How about a custom-embroidered Gi top?


Or an embroidered obi.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chunmonchek wrote:
Fat Cobra wrote:
How about a custom-embroidered Gi top?


Or an embroidered obi.
I was thinking that as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great topic, ashworth!!

What I've done for as long as I can remember for my new instructors, and because I know quite a lot about them, both personal as well as professional, I will gift them with somethings that is both personal as well as professional to mark the occasion.



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ashworth
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions so far people! It is definitely helping me think up ideas!
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