Master Japanese Bojutsu and Gain the Power of the Staff

Learn weapon movement, while unlocking an upper body strength that you never knew you had in you. In this staff-based Ultimate Bo course you will gain:

  • The ability to perform realistic combat fighting and powerful body movements
  • An ancient style of Japanese combat, which will build upper body strength and give you invigorating workouts
  • 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 the power of Bojutsu and improve your overall health with our no commitment FREE beginners course!

Normally a $127 value

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Our Students See Real Results or Their Money Back.

"Nothing like learning a useful martial art from your living room. Sounds ridiculous I know, but it works. The quality of the course is incredible, Sensei Michael has poured his heart and soul into this series and it shows. Even if it's just 10 minutes a day it's amazing how fast you progress. Overall I definitely recommend checking Ultimate Bo out."

Gergely Péter 

( Student since 2015 )

Gergely Péter ( Student since 2015 )

Dedicated to YOUR Ultimate Bo 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 Bojutsu studios can cost hundreds of dollars a month or simply be non-existent in your area. With GMAU, you will have everything you need to learn how to defend yourself for as little as $29/month. Save thousands on your path to blackbelt!

Learn Ultimate Bo 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 Bo mastery is yours and we focus on you by providing exclusive one on one feedback.

Sarah Hill GMAU Student

Sarah Hill ( Student Since 2017 )

Ready for a Powerful and High-Energy​ You?

We are currently offering a FREE Ultimate Bo course so that you can take your first step towards mastering the movements of the Bo. We even share with you how to make your own staff for training, and give you some amazing full-body workouts along the way. This is a no commitment offer with no credit card details needed. Our hope is that you love learning the basics of Ultimate Bo 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 Bo Mastery

With our complete course, you will learn all techniques, katas, and combat/fighting bo movements. In a step-by-step, easy to follow curriculum.

Get into Great Shape while Mastering this Ancient & Dynamic Weapon.

Bo training is an invigorating workout for all ages, that is lower-impact on the joints.


You will learn realistic combat bo, along with traditional Japanese katas and techniques.

A Complete Guided Course from White to Black Belt.

15+ hours of HD video lessons teaching all material in the white to black belt syllabus.


Dozens of follow-along classes (30-40 minutes long), which are just like attending a real “live” bo class in Sensei Michael’s dojo.

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.

Earn Real Rank in this Style of Bōjutsu with Direct Support and Feedback from Sensei Michael Hodge.

Once you’ve learned the rank requirements and logged enough hours, you can submit your video test!


Ask your instructor questions, and get video reviews with corrections and feedback.

Gabriel GMAU Student

Gabriel ( Student Since 2016 )

Watch How the Course Works

GMAU has been teaching Martial Arts online since 2008.

Ready for a Powerful and High-Energy You?

We are currently offering a FREE Ultimate Bo course so that you can take your first step towards mastering the movements of the Bo. We even share with you how to make your own staff for training, and give you some amazing full-body workouts along the way. This is a no commitment offer with no credit card details needed. Our hope is that you love learning the basics of Ultimate Bo from us and using our proven online teaching method that you sign up as a dedicated student.

Normally a $127 value

Course Curriculum 

The Most Comprehensive Bo Training Course of Study. There is a reason that more than 1,000 students have trained in Ultimate Bo since 2008.

Includes a Complete White to Black Belt Level Course of Study. It’s All Here.

You will learn: strikes, blocks, stances, grips, combat positions, defenses, sparring, katas, and more.


Each technique is instructed with multiple angles, a detailed breakdown, step-by-step, and home practice drills.

Follow Along Classes and Workouts. Just like Attending a “Live” Bo Class.

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.

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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 in Ultimate Bo at Home

You can test and achieve real rank in the officially recognized style of American Style Bōjutsu (Ultimate Bo), 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 and Chevron.

Ultimate Bo uses chevron patches to denote rank. These hold the same value as a belt, but allow you to display these on the side of your gi sleeve.


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

Sean Robinson

Sean Robinson ( Student Since 2017 )

Ready to Gain Access to Your Free Ultimate Bo Beginners Course?

Normally a $127 value

Commonly Asked Questions

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

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Is your course aligned with a particular organization or association?

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?

Pricing

Choose Your Plan

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

$29.95

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

$119.70

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All Lessons and Classes from White to Black


 Connect and Train with Other Students


Fresh Training Material Added Monthly


Accredited Rank Testing & Advancement


Instructor Support, Feedback & Guidance


Pay $119.70 Every Six Months (Save 35%)


Cancel Anytime


Per Six Month Payment

3 Payments of

$149.00

Path to Black Belt

Most Value


Get your blackbelt with a three year

membership in three installments.


 60+ 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 $600 on Your Journey to Black Belt


Three Monthly Payments

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

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

Normally a $127 value

Hear From Our Students

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Ken Atkinson ( Student Since 2014 )

Ultimate Bo

My story, 50 years old French Canadian, arthritis in the neck, ex smoker, and gaining weight, time to get in shape! But work a lots and living out of town! Always wanted to learn Bojutsu, start to look around , lol! No way I could find a full Bojutsu training in Canada. I Start to look online, just curious, and I find GMAU Bojutsu with Sensei Hodge! I’m pretty skeptical about training online. I still give it a try. At my surprise, I was really amazed by the material of this online course, lessons, classes, assignment, testing, quality of teaching, exchanges with others student, discussion board. I was really surprise when I did my first video testing, and Sensei hodge reply to me by video! And you can tell, this course is not only about money, Sensei Hodge really care about his student , we are not just a number! I took a chance with this course, and I got no regret, I’m so happy and dedicated to the end! Black belt! I’m coming!

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Levi Potter ( Student Since 2018 )

Ultimate Bo

Global Martial Arts University is a cutting-edge martial arts training program. I cannot speak highly enough of them.


I started with GMAU’s Ultimate Bo program in February of 2018, and I absolutely love this program. To start, any time I have a question or comment, I can email Sensei Michael (the Ultimate Bo instructor) and he responds within a couple of days, if not the same day. Many see the lack of direct instructor oversight as a negative side of home training, but I prefer it, as I have learned not only to ask the right questions, but to find ways to answer them. By the time I finish composing the email with my questions to Sensei Michael, I have already answered them myself!


Another awesome part of my home training with GMAU is that I get to interact with other Ultimate Bo students. In the Discussion Board, we can share ideas, critique each other, and even lead our own classes. It feels like I am actually training with other students because of all the great videos and insights posted. Another thing I like is the training itself. For each rank level, there are certain requirements you must meet to test, and if your pass, advance to the next rank. There is no question what I need to be working on, because the requirements, such as techniques, training hours, and assignments are all clearly outlined on the GMAU sight. Again, if I have any questions, I can just email Sensei Michael and he will respond promptly.


Probably my favorite part of the Ultimate Bo course is the curriculum itself. I think any traditional martial art should have an even balance of traditional techniques, such as kata (pattern) in karate, and practical application, like kumite (sparring), also in karate. In Ultimate Bo, we have our traditionally based techniques, that we practice in the form of combinations and patterns, and we also have combat bo, the section of our course where we focus on the practical (combat/self-defense) application of our bo. Like I said, I enjoy practicing the traditional stuff, but without the combat bo it wouldn’t be nearly as fun.


Right now, I am a Green Chevron in the Ultimate Bo program, and I am training frequently to achieve my Blue Chevron. An awesome aspect of my GMAU home training is that I can train any day, any time. This is something that no brick and mortar martial arts school can boast. This allows me to get way more training than I normally would in, because I train on my schedule, when I feel like it. If I am taking an online class (watching a video), I can pause or skip ahead any time. If I need to stretch out a certain muscle group after the warmup, I can pause the video and stretch it out. If I recognize a problem in my pattern, I can pause the class and work on it a little bit before I move on. If I am crunched for time and am already proficient at a section of a class, I can skip to what I need to work on. Even private lessons at a physical dojo don’t have these advantages.


So far I have only listed good things, but I would say there is only one real negative part, and I don’t think that is really a true negative aspect, but rather a good point to train yourself on. That is:

Self-Motivation.


Having the freedom to train anytime means you have the freedom to not train at all, so you have to condition yourself to stick to a schedule, maybe have a training buddy to be accountable to, and log your progress. I think of myself as a self-motivated person, so this aspect of training usually isn’t a problem for me. However, sometimes I just don’t feel like training, and that is when I have to fall back on my training buddy, and tell myself “In 15 minutes, I’m going to get my bo and train for 30 minutes, practicing x, y, and z.” Like I said, this isn’t really a negative point as much as it is a good area in which to train yourself.


I know this is a lengthy review, but there are just so many good things to say about GMAU and their Ultimate Bo program.

Ready for a Powerful and High-Energy You?

We are currently offering a FREE Ultimate Bo course so that you can take your first step towards mastering the movements of the Bo. We even share with you how to make your own staff for training, and give you some amazing full-body workouts along the way. This is a no commitment offer with no credit card details needed. Our hope is that you love learning the basics of Ultimate Bo from us and using our proven online teaching method that you sign up as a dedicated student.

Normally a $127 value