School-Based Martial Arts Therapist

Are you looking to add purpose and meaning to your work as a Martial Artist? 

The Heroes Circle (HC), a division of Kids Kicking Cancer (KKC) is looking to hire two (2x) part-time or one (1x) full-time school-based Martial Arts Therapist(s). 

This position will include: 

  • Working with elementary and middle school students in the Oak Park Michigan School District during the school day during the months of March – June 2023 and September – October 2023.  
  • Working with pediatric patients and families in various settings, including in-person (or virtual) training in class, hospital, and one-on-one session, March – October 2023. 

As a HC trained Martial Arts Therapist, you will teach breathing, visualization, and relaxation techniques, in addition to traditional martial arts moves, to help empower children and provide them with a sense of power, peace, and purpose. It is important for our martial artists to recognize our program is non-contact and not self-defense oriented. 

Martial Arts Therapists undergo extensive training in the meditative, breathing, and empowerment techniques used in the program. The curriculum work is followed by practical application and in-person (or virtual) training. 

We are looking for Black Belt Martial Artists who are patient, kind, and empathetic teachers. If you are looking to add meaningful and powerful experience to your work, come join us. 

A Heroes Circle Martial Arts Therapist must: 

  • Provide an empathetic approach to children and families while consistently building trust as a kind and patient teacher. 
  • Utilize problem solving skills, approaching challenges with a positive, “can do” attitude. 
  • Be open to new techniques and technologies and be a team player. 
  • Be comfortable in a school-based and hospital-based environment, working with kids and people of all different backgrounds and abilities. 
  • Demonstrate self-initiative, honesty, and a strong work. 
  • Always hold a professional and respectful manner when interacting with school facility and administration, students, parents, school partners and other KKC staff 
  • Offer flexibility, availability, and sensitivity in meeting the needs of the school-based and ill pediatric populations. 


  • Black Belt Certified Martial Artist. 
  • Experience teaching martial arts, preferably to children. 
  • Training or experience working in pediatric psychosocial support a plus. 
  • Basic computer skills, use or learn Microsoft systems, and virtual tools (ie. Zoom). 
  • Ability to work during school hours (8am – 3pm). 
  • Perfect for Martial Artists who own or work at a Martial Arts School during the late afternoon and evenings. 
  • All candidates are subject to a employment based background check upon hiring.  
  • HC requires its staff to be vaccinated for the flu and Covid-19. 

Salary: $30.00 – $35.00 per hour 

Work Location: Oak Park School System, Oak Park, Michigan and throughout Southeastern Michigan 

For more information, please email: 

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Help more children find

Power. Peace. Purpose.

Despite the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, we are committed to empowering one million children to reduce their pain and stress with the help of our evidence-based martial arts therapy.