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PAWMA Camp 2019 Instructor Application

Deadline: March 23, 2019

We’re looking for dynamic and engaging instructors!

The Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists (PAWMA) is holding its annual martial arts training camp August 23-26 at Aldersgate Camps and Retreats just south of Portland, Oregon, in Turner, Oregon. PAWMA brings together amazing instructors and students of many disciplines for a training camp open to women and girls, including individuals who are transgender, non-binary, or self-identify as female.

We are now accepting applications from women instructors for this year's camp teaching staff. All black belt or black belt equivalent instructors are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from instructors in martial arts from all traditions.

Instructor Selection

Past classes have included Bullwhip cracking, stunts for film, Hawaiian Lua, Hula, as well as self-defense, various healing systems (Yoga, Pilates, Qigong, First Aid, etc). Our goals are to offer an extensive variety of classes for our participants, provide opportunities for new instructors, and welcome back experienced teachers.

Please propose a minimum of 3-4 classes, usually 90mins, taking into consideration the needs of beginners to advanced practitioners.


Instructors will be hired to teach three classes and will receive $75 per class, free camp registration, and travel stipend.

We welcome team-teaching applications. If hired, compensation would be split amongst the team. It's a great way for senior instructors to create balance between teaching time and training time, and newer instructors can join the teaching team without stressing about having to develop and deliver a full load of classes.

If you are interested in teaching only one class, we encourage you to apply as volunteer teacher. Teaching as a volunteer allows you to contribute to camp by teaching, but still gives you plenty of time to train. It's great for our organization because it promotes diversity of teachers and classes and broadens the type of classes we can offer.

Instructions for Application

Email your application to teacherselection@pawma.org. If you do not receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your application within two days, please let us know. If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact us.

Application materials

  1. Resume. Submit a brief martial arts resume of training and teaching experience (one page maximum).
  2. Letters of recommendation. If you have not previously been hired to teach at a PAWMA camp, please submit a letter of recommendation from a PAWMA member or a prominent instructor in your style.
  3. Briefly outline three or more classes with a basic description, teaching objectives, and goals for the participant (one page maximum). Please include exercise level and target audience (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced), as well as any equipment needs (such as mats or sound).
  4. Travel expense estimate. Include your best estimate of your expected travel expenses.

Applications are due March 23, 2019.

Send all applications to TeacherSelection@pawma.org

All applicants will be notified by April 19, 2019.

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