If this doesn't belong in the TKD thread feel free to move it. I just posted here because I take TKD and thought I'd ask the TKD community here. I am a first degree black belt in a traditional WT TKD program in the US. I have a question - Is it super unusual for a first degree assistant instructor to be paid for teaching classes? I have taught off and on free of charge for while now, but recently asked to be paid. My main rationale in asking was twofold: 1) my instructor had been asking me to run classes for weeks at a time and 2) I was the only black belt out of the five in our program who was trusted to lead classes. This led to some amount of resentment on my end as I could not take days off even when I needed to. My instructor was initially angry with me for asking but eventually agreed to pay me. He claims it is not normal for a first degree to be paid as teaching at first degree is a learning activity. However, I talked to a few friends of mine who train at other schools, and they say this is a line that often is used in traditional TKD and other traditional martial arts to get free labor. I knew there was a wide range of ranks and thus likely a wide range of opinions and figured I'd throw this out there and see what people said. Was I right to ask to be paid? If I was wrong, how should i have set boundaries so that I did not grow resentful?