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You are interested in training at home, yet you still want to earn official rank? Enter the world of home study or distance learning programs. As you already know, almost all college students now take many of their courses online. Universities such as Stanford, Harvard, and every other level of academic excellence now teach in this format.
Martial arts can also be learned in a distance learning situation, but there are some challenges. But I am not here to convince you WHY training at home is a viable option. For that, you can read my article 10 Ridiculous Myths about Home Study Courses.
I want to help you choose the right course for you.
First, you need to choose what art you want to study. This is the easy part. You most likely already know what you are interested in mastering. Here are some ideas to get you decision juices flowing:
After getting an idea about what you want to learn, master, and earn (rank) in – time to go through some more important criteria to choose the right course.
Home study courses come in all shapes in sizes. Here are some common formats for home study courses:
This factor is HUGE. If the videos and manuals are not well designed, it will be very difficult to learn on your own. With home study training it is just you and the screen (whether it be your TV, computer, or tablet).
Make sure and try out some of the materials before buying a course. Watch samples lessons, read a sample guide if available, and look for easy-to-follow, yet detailed instruction. Remember, this is the material that you may be working with for a few years on your journey to black belt!
You will need to factor in total cost when making a decision on which home study course to purchase. Most courses charge an up-front cost to purchase the course (generally $99 – $399) and then a rank exam fee for each test.
Rank exam fees are costs for taking your test to earn a belt at home. These fees generally cover: the instructor’s time for reviewing your exam and grading, a belt or patch/rank, rank certificate, and shipping of this rank package to your house.
Consider the up-front cost and rank exam fees when purchasing your course.
Who will you be working with on your home study journey?
Not just the instructor(s) in the DVDs and manuals, but who will actually be grading your exams and taking you through the steps. Here some things to look for in your home study instructor:
So, take these decisive factors into account when choosing your home study course. Even if you are not interested in our programs, contact us and we would love to point you in the right direction.
Please check out our courses while making your decision, you won’t regret it!
Let me know if you have any comments below! –Sensei Michael Hodge