Master the Ancient Art of Shotokan from Home

Learn how to protect yourself and get in the best shape of your life with the total self-improvement focused style of Shotokan Karate. In this course you will gain:

  • The ability to defend yourself and build a strong self-confidence
  • An incredible total-body focused style, which will shred fat and build lean muscle
  • Real rank at your own pace with one on one feedback
  • All of it at the fraction of the cost of a traditional studio

Take advantage of this chance to learn self-defense and improve your fitness with our no commitment FREE beginners course!

Normally a $127 value

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Charles Penoyer, Student Since 2017

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Our Students See Real Results or Their Money Back.

"I cannot say enough good things about Global Martial Arts University. I had always wanted to study Shotokan Karate, and through life's twists and turns, never had the opportunity. Two years ago, after moving to Texas and discovering that there were no local dojo’s that I could attend that would fit my schedule, I started searching online. I came across Global Martial Arts University and couldn’t have been happier. Not only am I able to train and earn real rank through GMAU, but I can train anywhere, anytime, on my own schedule! Not to mention that the guidance and one on one instruction from Sensei John and Sensei Michael, is something that is rare to find at ANY dojo."

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Robert Hughes 

( Student since 2016 )

Robert Hughes ( Student since 2016 )

Dedicated to YOUR Shotokan Journey

Train Whenever, Wherever

With the Global Martial Arts learning platform you can train wherever you want to, across your favorite devices, at a time that works best with your schedule.

Fraction of the Cost of a Tradition Studio

Traditional Karate studios can cost hundreds of dollars a month, with GMAU you will have everything you need to learn how to defend yourself for as little as $39/month. Save thousands on your path to blackbelt!

Learn Shotokan Karate from Home

We custom tailor the learning process for you to be able to learn in the comfort of your own home. No more having to rush to get to a session or being one in a crowd. Your journey to Shotokan mastery is yours and we focus on you by providing exclusive one on one feedback.

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Sean Robinson ( Student Since 2017 )

Ready for a Stronger and Safer You?

We are currently offering a FREE Shotokan Karate course so that you can take your first step towards protecting yourself and getting in great shape. This is a no commitment offer with no credit card details needed. Our hope is that you love learning the basics of Shotokan from us and using our proven online teaching method that you sign up as a dedicated student.

Normally a $127 value

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Course Overview 

Your Path to Mastery

Our Shotokan program will give you everything you need to learn the ancient art of self defense from our education platform to one on one feedback.

A Complete Guided Course from White to Black Belt

20+ hours of HD instructional lessons breaking down techniques, drilling, and showing you how to practice at home.


With dozens of complete follow-along classes, which include a warm up, drills, techniques, and a cool down.

Get in Shape while Learning Shotokan Karate at Home & at Your Own Pace.

Shotokan Karate training is a total body workout. The strikes, blocks, stances, and kicks utilize your entire body.


Feel confident learning real self defense and traditional fighting concepts.

Learn Shotokan Karate at home on any device

Fresh Training Every Month, with New Ways for You to Practice and Progress.

New training lessons and classes release every month. There is always something new to do.


New tools are being added to the GMAU student dashboard to make training at home fun and successful.

Our Simple to Use Online Learning Platform

Get access to all of our course work across all of your favorite devices. Be able to screencast to your television for classes, and have your progress tracked automatically so you always know where you are on your journey to mastery.

Christopher Connelly ( Student Since 2017 )

Watch How the Course Works

GMAU has been teaching Martial Arts online since 2008.

Ready for a Stronger and Safer You?

We are currently offering a FREE Shotokan Karate course so that you can take your first step towards protecting yourself and getting in great shape. This is a no commitment offer with no credit card details needed. Our hope is that you love learning the basics of Shotokan from us and using our proven online teaching method that you sign up as a dedicated student.

Normally a $127 value

Course Curriculum 

Learn this wonderful and mysterious Japanese martial art, with the curriculum passed down directly from its founder Gichin Funakoshi.

All White to Black Belt Kihon (Techniques), Kumite (Self Defense), Kata (Patterns), Protocol, and Traditions.

The entire traditional curriculum is instructed in a common-sense, easy to follow method.


Learn each section of the curriculum in a building block format. With multiple angles and ways to practice.

Follow Along Classes and Workouts. Just like Being in the Dojo with Your Sensei.

Just like walking into the dojo and taking a full class.


The classes include a warm up, technique instruction, drills, variety, and stretching to keep your training fun and different.

Instructor Support With Anytime Feedback

Ask questions, get helpful feedback, and motivation from your (real) instructor. We are there to hold you accountable and see you succeed.

Message Your Instructor and Get Your Progress Reviewed Anytime.

Interact directly with your instructor whenever you need guidance.

Submit a video for review and corrections if you need some extra support.

Find a Training Partner with the Student Locator.

Easily locate and connect with other GMAU students in your area.

Start a “Global Garage” and start training with friends.

Train with other near by students with the student locator

Earn Accredited Rank at Home

You can test and achieve real rank in shotokan karate-do, through our proven video testing and feedback process.

Test and Receive Detailed Feedback and Corrections from Your Instructor.

Submit your video test. No negativity or anxiety, we use testing as a form of improvement and progress.

Receive a personalized feedback video and detailed guidance from your instructor.

​Once You Pass, We will Mail you the Official Certificate of Rank.

After all of that hard work, you deserve the officially accredited certification.

Certificates issued are the same as those awarded to students training with us locally.

Claire ( Student Since 2015 )

Ready to Gain Access to Your Free Shotokan Beginners Course?

Normally a $127 value

Commonly Asked Questions

Please feel free to reach out to us if you don't see your question below!

What is the style background?

What is the instructor lineage tree?

How does testing work?

Do I need a partner to participate in the GMAU Shotokan Karate program?

Can my partner (or family members) also take a level exam and become certified?

Do you offer a discount for additional family members?

Can I cancel at anytime?

Does a portion of my monthly tuition go toward changing the world for the better?

Do I have to do the testing and ranking?

Is your course aligned with a particular organization or association?

Is there a minimum wait between level certification exams?

Will my certificate state that it was earned “online” or through “home study”?

Is there a cost for testing? What does the test fee include?

What if I have previous martial arts rank and experience?

How can I transfer my current rank into the Global Martial Arts University?

How can I become a certified instructor and run my own Shotokan Karate classes?

Pricing

Choose Your Plan

Fraction of the cost of a traditional studio and an unparalleled guarantee.

$39.95

Monthly


Simple and flexible plan where you

pay month to month.


All Lessons & Classes From White to Black


Connect & Train With Students in the Course


Accredited Rank Testing & Advancement


Instructor Support, Feedback & Guidance


Fresh Training Material Added Monthly


Cancel Anytime


Per Month Payment

$179.70

Biannualy

Most Popular


Pay for six months at a time

to save even more.


50+ Follow Along Classes


100+ Technique Lessons


Fresh Training Material Added Monthly


Accredited Rank Testing & Advancement


Instructor Support, Feedback & Guidance


Pay $179.70 Every Six Months (Save 25%)


Cancel Anytime


Per Six Month Payment

3 Payments of

$195.00

Path to Black Belt

Most Value


Get your blackbelt with a three year

membership in three installments.


70+ Follow Along Classes


100+ Technique Lessons


Fresh Training Material Added Monthly


Accredited Rank Testing & Advancement


Instructor Support, Feedback & Guidance


Access to a three year membership!


Save Over $850 on Your Journey to Black Belt


Three Monthly Payments

Unparalleled Guarantee

When You Sign Up, We Guarantee You Will Love It or Your Money Back.

Not Ready to Commit? Gain Access to Your Free Shotokan Beginners Course!

Normally a $127 value

Hear From Our Students

This course is perfect for people with busy schedules. The instruction of sensei Jon is superb and very easy to understand. It's perfect for a beginning student or a black belt.

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Joe Marin
Shotokan Karate Student

I like the course, and it has evolved to be more friendly to pursue. It's overall challengnig because I am an older adult with bad arthritis in my knee and serious time management problems gettnig exercise. While I'm uncertain I can do the knee exercises, I am going to try.

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Joseph Vaughan
Shotokan Karate Student

I have been a student at global martial arts University for over almost 2 years. I can tell you that this is the best distance learning courses you could involved with. I Started with Shotokan karate and enjoyed it so much that I started taking ultimate bo as well. The instructors are always helpful, and approachable. The lessons are fairy easy to understand and one of the other great things about global martial arts is the community. The numbers your are very encouraging and helpful as well. The Shotokan karate course stays true to the lineage of Shotokan karate and is very informative. I was also impressed with the fact that global Martial arts University tracks your progress as far as how much time you have put into watching lessons and classes and they monitor all your progress. Would recommend the Shotokan karate course to anybody that is trying to learn traditional Shotokan karate as well as anyone who is limited in having a local place to train as well as wanting to learn other martial arts.

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John V Ammann Jr
Shotokan Karate Student

I am enjoying this course a lot. It covers techniques in fine detail which my old brick and motor Shotokan school didn't do. Sensei's Jon and Jonas's teaching approach's are great. I wish there was more review video classes to follow along too. I know it's important to practice on my own, but I am only half way's through my yellow belt curriculum and have completed all the required training videos already.

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Vincent Dean Jarema
Shotokan Karate Student

I have been enrolled in the Shotokan Karate course for years now... Started out with the original DVDs... Something always came up work wise though and have not been able to focus on practicing... I started the online classes awhile back and still work and life in general just kept me hit and miss on doing the courses... For the last two months I have renewed energy and more time to focus on my training and it helps that my 9 year old Son wanted to learn self defense and is practicing with me right along to the online classes and lessons... I am more focused and determined to get the most that I can out my practices to better myself, get into better shape and feel feel better about myself... The classes are easy to follow and with all the different classes now and lesson material it always feels fresh and exciting... I am going to enroll my Son today as well so that he can earn his belts as well... We love it... It is our nightly duty now to practice along with a class and if we are stuck on something to follow up with the lesson part of the videos... We could not ask for better instructors than Sensei John and Sensei Michael... The classes are easy to follow along with and very informative... We are having fun while learning together...

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Kevin A Barton
Shotokan Karate Student

Ready for a Stronger and Safer You?

We are currently offering a FREE Shotokan Karate course so that you can take your first step towards protecting yourself and getting in great shape. This is a no commitment offer with no credit card details needed. Our hope is that you love learning the basics of Shotokan from us and using our proven online teaching method that you sign up as a dedicated student.

Normally a $127 value