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The Five Pitfalls of Learning Martial Arts Online

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There is a lot of controversy surrounding the idea of learning a physical art, sport, or self defense system through an online medium. And, as always, the martial arts world is leading the charge in the collection of individuals either on one far end of “learning martial arts online is a total joke” to “learning

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5 Common Questions about Ultimate Bo and Bōjutsu

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Here I would like to answer some common questions I receive about the style of Ultimate Bo and about bōjutsu in general. Is Ultimate Bo a training course or a martial arts style? Ultimate Bo is a recognized martial arts style; it can also be referred to as Hodge-American Style Bōjutsu. We tend to use

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Can I Become A Certified Instructor and Open A Dojo through Complete Shotokan Karate?


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I get asked the question about becoming a certified instructor and opening a dojo  through Complete Shotokan Karate all the time. The very short answer is Yes, you can. Now I want you to know what it is needed and what it is like to be a Sensei and own your own school.  First let

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5 Qualities of Our Best Home Study Students

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5 Qualities of Best Students

I have now been working with distance training students for seven years. Throughout this time, I have made comparisons between my home study students and my physical-dojo students. They are much more similar than you might think. I have also contrasted home study students. These are purely my observations, and are not judgmental/highly views as

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Becoming The Peaceful Warrior through Complete Shotokan Karate & Tai Chi



If someone asks me to describe myself I can do this with a simple statement. I am a Peaceful Warrior. A state of peaceful, tolerant vigilance toward balance and harmony of in life and relationships. The hours, days, months and years of training in Complete Shotokan Karate and Tai Chi help me to remain in

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10 Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your Krav Maga Training

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In this article, my goal is to help you enrich your Krav training with some new ideas, concepts, and easy to implement tips. As a Krav home study student, you are blazing a trail that can be hard to walk. Since you are not actually training with a physical instructor and class in a facility,

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Practicing at Home with Complete Shotokan Karate

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When I started martial arts training I was overweight and completely stressed out. I knew that I needed a change in my life for the benefit of my family and others. I went to my first class and after class as I walked out of the dojo, I was shaken by how poorly my body

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Which Martial Art Style Should I Learn?

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Which Martial Arts Style Should I Learn

You have probably been interested in the martial arts most of your life. Maybe Bruce Lee excited you as a child, or even Chuck Norris on TV. It could have been that you have seen real life violence, and that self defense is a real and vital skill for any citizen. Possibly you were in

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Complete Shotokan Karate Belt Test Standards and Feedback Loop

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The most important structure of any system of teaching and learning revolves around the following process:  Instruction Student observation and demonstration Teacher examination and feedback to student Student correcting and demonstrating for further feedback and improvement  Instruction and Training In Complete Shotokan Karate the video is the instructional backbone of the training cycle. The videos

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How do I Transfer My Previous Rank and Experience into Complete Shotokan Karate?



The most asked question I receive is, “Will you recognize my previous rank and experience in Complete Shotokan?” I can’t imagine telling someone that the knowledge they have worked so hard to learn is not usable. To me your previous experience is a plus and is a dynamic asset that will assist us in your

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About Us


We are the instructors of the Black Belt at Home Distance Training University. Our backgrounds in various martial arts and teaching experiences have prepared us for our most important student – you. Through simple to follow video instruction, insightful articles, and a streamlined training program – we will help you to reach your black belt! Sensei Michael has been studying traditional arts since age seven and is well-known for his weapons training instruction, most notably the bo. Sensei Jon is a 6th Dan instructor of Shotokan Karate, and Master level in Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Michael South is a black belt Krav Maga instructor and has been a student of the martial arts for over ten years. We look forward to training with you soon!