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.

Sean Robinson GMAU Student

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

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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

The Shotokan Karate course is very well organized. The different chapters/belt levels are in correspondence with the actual level of skills the student has. For me personally, the ability to train wherever and whenever i want to is very convenient. The videos are of high quality and high standards. They keep you motivated. I have noticed that my level of fitness improved considerably during the training and that was the main reason for me to get involved in the program.
The videos for the kata's were a bit difficult to follow for me, due to the camera angles, but i believe they improved it already :).
I'm very pleased with this great way to exercise!

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Jim Luijten
Shotokan Karate Student

I find the Shotokan karate course to be enjoyable and I like the way it is run. Things that could be improved include more positive feedback on gradings. The mistakes are highlighted but what the student is doing well I feel is overlooked somewhat. Also for the karate course maybe include some Bunkai applications with the kata so it helps the student interpret the kata.

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Sean Hildebrandt
Shotokan Karate Student

Greetings to all readers/to whom it may concern,

This is a review of GMAU's online Shotokan course. My assessment is generally good. As a medical employee who works evening or night shift, my ability to train at a conventional dojo is very limited, so I had to find an alternative form of training. GMAU is excellent for those who, like myself, may not have the schedule or access to a conventional martial arts school. In addition, the Senseis provide interesting new content, and strive to make the whole course feel like an actual training experience in a class room.

There is great merit in that. The material itself seems to be, to me, a very traditional Japanese style of karate. If you are interested in traditional arts, and a more interesting exercise than just running or doing sit-ups, I would recommend GMAU's program.

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Nathaniel Jason Binkley
Shotokan Karate Student

I began my martial arts journey a few years ago when I started working through the Black Belt At Home Shotokan Karate program with Sensei Jon Hodge. I had been interested in martial arts since I was young and had practiced some Karate and Judo as an early teenager. Throughout the years I had thought about enrolling at a dojo or doing training somewhere but I couldn't find anything that fit my schedule and/or what kind of program I was wanting. It was then that I discovered Black Belt At Home. I soon joined the program for several reasons. I was looking for a program that I could do on my own time, at my own pace. Then, the GMAU was born and I signed up day one and have since become a life time member. At first, I didn't really believe that the feedback and communication from the instructors would actually happen, at least not every time....BUT....there has not been ONE time that I haven't received a prompt email response from Sensei Jon or Sensei Michael when I have sent them questions, whether I was asking for clarification on foot position while doing a certain kick, or just getting feedback on a rank exam. One time, I even emailed Sensei Jon because I was going through a period with some injuries and lack of motivation and he sent me a 20 minute....yes 20 minute personalized video, talking to me about some of the challenges he had faced in his life and in training through the years. The communication and positive reinforcement I have received is one of the many things that makes the GMAU a great place to train.

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Troy Johnson
Shotokan Karate Student

The title of US Marine was not given to me, I earned it (man oh man, how I earned it).
I was not given my degree in higher education, that I earned.
My professional license was not handed to me, I earned it.

Through years of work, sweat, dedication, and time commitments for my personal growth balanced with commitments to family and work life, my impending black belt achievement through the GMAU Shotokan Karate program will not be handed to me, I will have earned it. Proudly.

Sensei Jon and Sensei Jonas (and all the GMAU instructors) are incredible teachers. They are supportive in my journey as a karateka and encouraging in my personal growth and dedicated to the art.

Before committing to a martial arts journey, I did a ton of internet research. I found numerous dojos within driving distance of my home. Each dojo had its posted schedule, average cost and particular style of martial arts (mostly TKD, Krav Maga and BJJ, all excellent in their own right). However, their schedule did not match my schedule. Their long term cost was an extraordinary burden to my budget. And their style of martial arts was not exactly what I wanted at this time.

Joining GMAU Shotokan Karate has allowed me to walk the path of the peaceful warrior in my own time, at my own pace and in my chosen space.

Of the many paths I have walked (and continue to walk) throughout my life, I can say, with confidence, GMAU is an incredibly positive choice for me. The course is affordable. The classes are bite sized, in depth and easy to follow. The support is phenomenal.

The path I chose is laid before me. The most difficult step is the first one. Even though this is an online program, I know I do not walk this path alone. The GMAU community of students are wonderfully supportive and encouraging. My black belt achievement will not be the end of the journey, it is a starting point to a wider path. And, I am having FUN!

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Sean Robinson
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