The Most Advanced Way to Learn Martial Arts at Home

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A World Leading Distance Training Online Martial Arts University, Since 2008.

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Learn

Watch detailed video courses on your computer or mobile device.

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Train

Practice what you have learned on your own schedule.

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Earn Real Rank

Test and get detailed feedback to earn your rank.



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Courses

The GMAU Courses include all videos teaching the white to black belt curriculum, new weekly classes, anywhere access, instructor support, and an easy to follow training path for home study success.

Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate

Average Time to Black Belt
2-4 years
Instructor Certification
Yes, certification course made available once you reach brown belt.
Key Benefits
Total body conditioning/fitness, understanding of the traditional Japanese arts, self defense through perfective repetitions, and a total self improvement/self-discipline.
Founder
Gichin Funakoshi
Weekly Time Commitment
Recommended 3 hours

GMAU Shotokan Karate is a comprehensive training series which covers all techniques, katas, one steps, and self defense from white to black belt in this ancient art. Each and every technique is demonstrated from multiple angles, explained in detailed, and taught with follow-along instruction. Whether you are a white belt getting started in your training, or an experienced student, you will benefit from Master Hodge’s dynamic instruction and guidance. You will earn real rank (up to black belt) as you train at home through this true distance training course.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga

Average Time to Black Belt
3-4 years
Instructor Certification
Yes, certification course made available once you reach yellow belt & have a brown belt or above in another martial art.
Key Benefits
Intense cardio/conditioning/strength training while practicing, heightened confidence level, realistic self defense techniques that are highly effective and practical in the modern world.
Founder
Imi Lichtenfeld
Weekly Time Commitment
Recommended 3 hours, but this is up to the student.

A complete white to black belt course teaching the brutally effective self defense style of Israeli Krav Maga.

Ultimate Bo

Ultimate Bo

Average Time to Black Chevron
1.5-2 years
Instructor Certification
Yes, certification course made available once you reach brown chevron.
Key Benefits
Understanding weapon movement, upper body strengthening, exploring new body movements and technical capabilities, examining other aspects of kobudo
Founder
Michael Hodge (based in Japanese bojutsu with some modern elements)
Weekly Time Commitment
Recommended 2-3 hours, but this is up to the student.

A complete white to black belt bo training course of study. You will learn ancient Japanese bojutsu based techniques, katas, and realistic combat fighting.

Taekwondo

Taekwondo

Average Time to Black Belt
2-4 years
Instructor Certification
Yes, you may become a CMAT (Certified Martial Arts Teacher), and instruct Taekwondo by holding a minimum of a 1st degree black belt.
Key Benefits
Speed and flexibility, focus and self-discipline, self defense applications, explosive reactions, understanding the traditional Korean art, and a path of self-improvement.
Founder
(Modern) General Choi Hong Hi, Others
Weekly Time Commitment
Recommended 3 hours

GMAU Taekwondo is a complete, comprehensive course of study teaching all aspects of this traditional Korean art. You will learn all kicks, strikes, blocks, self defense applications, sparring drills, and poomse (forms). The course is instructed by a team of 3rd and 4th degree Certified black belt instructors, who specialize in instructing WTF Taekwondo. As a student, you will learn from the lessons and follow-along classes, training weekly, complete assignments, receive feedback from your instructor, and earn rank via our video testing process. The course will get you into fighting shape with the speed, strength, and reactions needed to defend yourself.

Certified Martial Arts Teacher

Certified Martial Arts Teacher

Become a world-class martial arts instructor through this fully online course.  The CMAT course and exam will teach you the nuts and bolts of teaching, planning classes, or organizing curriculum, business, working with different ages, and so much more. By completing the course, you will be a Certified Martial Arts Teacher and be able to start your own classes and successful school. This is your opportunity to level-up and earn your teaching credentials.

Krav Maga Instructor Certification

Krav Maga Instructor Certification

Launch your own Krav Maga program by completing this comprehensive, challenging, and in-depth instructor certification. This is a fully online krav instructor course, which includes all aspects of creating your own classes, teaching, drills, specific techniques, business, and so much more. This course also includes the entire "Certified Martial Arts Teacher" course, along with Krav Maga specific teaching modules to prepare you to run a world-class program.

  • Shotokan Karate

    Shotokan Karate

  • Krav Maga

    Krav Maga

  • Ultimate Bo

    Ultimate Bo

  • Taekwondo

    Taekwondo

  • Certified Martial Arts Teacher

    Certified Martial Arts Teacher

  • Krav Maga Instructor Certification

    Krav Maga Instructor Certification

Instructors

Global Martial Arts University Instructors have taught thousands of classes in their own academies, and have years of experience working with distance training students through using a very uniquely detailed and concise level of communication, feedback, guidance, and motivation.

Adam Gerrald

Taekwondo

About

Adam Gerrald loves training and sharing his passion of martial arts. He holds a 3rd dan certified Kukkiwon black belt in Taekwondo. He also holds a black belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts, a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a brown chevron in Ultimate Bo, and has experience in other arts such as Capoeira and Filipino Martial Arts.

Ismael Rico

Taekwondo

About

Ismail Rico has trained in Taekwondo for most of his life, and has instructed professionally for the last 8 years. He holds a 4th dan certified Kukkiwon black belt in TKD.


Michael Hodge

CMAT/Ultimate Bo

About

Michael Hodge is the founder of the weapons style Ultimate Bo. Michael has been studying the martial arts since age seven and has earned a 3rd degree black belt in shotokan karate and song moo kwan. He has taught thousands of classes as an instructor in his own dojo, and his father’s dojo in the last 10 years, and now currently works with his home study students from around the globe. His goal is to help others reach their full potential.

Jon Hodge

Shotokan Karate

About

Jon Hodge currently holds the rank of 6th dan black belt in shotokan karate and song moo kwan. He has taught martial arts for nearly 20 years. Over the years Master Hodge has studied many different forms of martial arts and is also a Master Chi Kung and Tai Chi instructor. Master Hodge is well known as a teacher of self defense, self discipline, and most importantly to him – self improvement.


Michael South

Krav Maga

About

Michael South is a black belt Krav Maga instructor and has been a student of the martial arts for over ten years. He also holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. He began teaching martial arts professionally eight years ago and is the founder of National Martial Arts, an Oklahoma-based martial arts organization dedicated to making the world a better and safer place. He specializes in Krav Maga instruction and is an avid student of BJJ at the moment, as well as a competitor.

Dustin Koppel

CMAT/Krav Maga/Krav Instructor

About

Dustin Koppel has been involved in the martial arts for more than a decade now, and teaching for 8 years. He began with Krav Maga and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Two years later he got involved with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a competitor, he has won kickboxing championships in the light and super heavyweight categories. Currently, he runs a top martial arts school in Tennessee, along with training his global Krav Maga distance training students.


About Us

Take a moment to learn about the history of our association, online university, and unique way of approaching learning martial arts at home.

Helping Our Students Be Their Best

The GMAU is on a constant quest to improve our courses, instruction, website, and experience for you. We only exist to help our students reach their goals.

The GMAU is the golden standard for at-home martial arts instruction.

We’ve been working with global distance training students since 2008. This has led us to creating cutting-edge home study courses that actually work.

Our instructors, courses, and standards are held to the highest standards – so that you receive the highest quality training experience possible.

What Our Students Are Saying

"With Ultimate Bo, I can train whenever I find it convenient—early mornings, after the children are put asleep—anytime. It also saves me travel time to the dojo in city traffic, which means I can invest more time in training. I find Ultimate Bo’s methodology clear and easy to follow, and it is more than just learning self-defense; the techniques, when put together into a full kata form, create a graceful form of art, not to mention a rigorous workout, particularly when performed in rapid succession."

client 1 John Balouziyeh Ultimate Bo

"Training in Total Krav Maga has really opened my eyes to a new love. It’s so simple yet so technical. I can’t get enough of it and I already train for 6 hours a week! All the videos are done very well and it’s great to know that an instructor is just an e-mail away"

client 2 David Wright Krav Maga

"The training material is good, the exams aren’t easy…you really need to earn a rank/belt. It is no fake MCdojo :). I can train where and whenever I have the time. I just took the yellow belt exam and received a 25 minute long personal video from Sensei Jon reviewing my material."

client 3 Laurens van der Sande Shotokan Karate

The more often and higher intensity you train, naturally, the quicker you can move through a program.

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Need to contact us? Expect a speedy and knowledgeable response time within 30 minutes to four hours Monday through Friday (9-5 pm central). One of our Head Instructors (Michael Hodge, Jon Hodge, Dustin Koppel, or Michael South) will reply to you directly. On the weekends expect a response in 24-48 hours. Want to chat with us? Leave your phone number in the message below with a good time to call back.

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