The virtual world of online resources has revolutionized education, and learning martial arts is no different. No longer limited by the availability of local training centers, aspiring martial artists now have access to a wealth of instructional materials, virtual classes, and tutorials. Not only can you find the tools to learn online, but you can also find expert guidance and personalized feedback to help you develop and refine your skills.
This digital era has opened a vast world of knowledge, allowing you to learn from experienced instructors and even connect with like-minded practitioners from around the globe, all from the comfort of your home. While this flexibility is a reason that many students seek online martial arts, there are also some that are concerned that asynchronous learning means you must sacrifice quality. This is simply not true.
We’ll explain why you don’t have to be concerned with the accuracy and integrity of learning techniques online, give you some safety precautions to use while at home, and describe how you can overcome a potential lack of motivation while also giving you tips and tricks to succeed at home.
Proper Technique and Form
Many of us are conditioned to learn in a physical classroom with an instructor who might provide immediate feedback on our progress. While you may not receive that in person feedback learning techniques online, you will receive one on one, personalized attention by our team of instructors which will benefit your progress more in the long run. You will have a record on your dashboard of what requires attention and what you’re excelling at as you move through the program, giving you the opportunity to place your focus where it’s needed most.
One of the most useful tips we can give you as an online martial arts student is that it’s crucial to pay close attention to instructional videos and follow the guidelines exactly as provided. You might feel like you can do the movements without the instructions but trust us…don’t rush through! Each movement means something, and flying through the technique will only mean that you’re losing integrity and power.
Take the time to understand the fundamental principles of each technique and focus on proper body alignment, balance, and execution. Regular self-assessment and review of your instructor’s comments on your dashboard can help you identify any errors and allow you to make necessary adjustments.
Training at home means you are already in a safe place, hopefully surrounded by people you can trust.
It’s important to make sure that you have an appropriate training space with enough room to move around. This is especially vital as you move up the challenge board because as you learn forms and longer techniques, you will need a substantial amount of room.
Ensure that your flooring is stable, and you have a clear space. If you’re training in front of a TV/phone/computer, make sure you are standing back far enough to give yourself room to perform the movements correctly.
In addition, it is very possible to become injured if you don’t loosen up your body before training. Notice on your dashboard that there is a “Challenge Builder Videos” button. These videos contain fitness, warm-up, and stretching routines as well as challenge-specific skill development drills. You may also choose to warm up and stretch on your own. Regardless of which method you use, make sure to listen to how you’re feeling to avoid overexertion or pushing beyond your limits and take a break if you need one. Remember, our program is all about flexibility so the material will be there when you’re ready!
Lack of Accountability and Motivation
When training at home, it can be easy to lose motivation and discipline. Without the structured environment and expectations of a physical dojo or the presence of fellow practitioners/instructors, it’s important to stay accountable to your training regimen.
One of the things that we recommend from the beginning of training at home is to set a consistent training schedule. We don’t believe in “Binge Learning” where you try to stuff everything into one or two several hour-long training sessions a week. Setting aside a half an hour 3-5 days a week is much more efficient and will provide a solid foundation for your progress. You will retain more of the material and your muscle memory will increase with smaller, more consistent training.
In addition, it’s important to set specific goals and track your progress. Yes, our program does some of this for you based upon what we know to be the cornerstones of learning martial arts. However, setting your own goals and tracking your progress from your own perspective provides a better baseline for you. You will see how you have improved, and what you need to work on.
You can also consider finding an accountability partner or joining online communities where you can share your achievements and challenges and find support from like-minded individuals. “Buddy Training” is a great option for those students who would prefer to work with someone else, and your options are numerous.
Enlist the help of a family member or even a friend, with whoever you feel most comfortable. It’s not a necessity, but it can provide a different sense of external motivation that some students miss from a traditional classroom setting.
Learning martial arts at home through online resources provides a unique and accessible pathway to personal growth and self-improvement for students of all abilities. By focusing on important aspects such as proper technique, safety precautions, and accountability and motivation, you can make the most of your at-home training experience.
Remember, precision and attention to detail lay the foundation for mastering martial arts. Don’t rush through your training, but rather take the time to learn and comprehend each movement before moving on. Progress gradually and seek guidance from your online instructor team whenever possible to navigate the intricacies of martial arts with care. Your team is available whenever you need them – use that to your advantage!
Be safe and give yourself time to adjust to martial arts. Your body might not immediately cooperate, so be patient and give yourself a break if you need one. Your material and your instructors aren’t going anywhere.
Finally, by embracing the support and encouragement of others, you can stay motivated and inspired throughout your martial arts journey. Set your own goals and recognize the progress you’ve made.
Learning martial arts at home is a journey of self-discovery and personal development. Embrace the flexibility, convenience, and wealth of resources we have made available online. Continuously seek opportunities to expand your knowledge and challenge yourself every day.