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"I really like the instructor, Coach Nick. He moves at a really nice pace, explains things well, and is really pleasant to hear in class. I really like the organization of the levels, it makes sense is logical, and having the download for each curriculum and level is terrific. The videos are all good, fun to watch, and while not the most intense workouts, give a really nicely paced lesson plan that is very well executed."

David Mitnick  ( Student since 2017 )

Learn & Earn Accredited Rank at Home.

Muay Thai is a ridiculously effective for of stand-up fighting. Forged in Thailand,

this "art of the 8 limbs" will get you into fighting shape, all while embedding

explosive and powerful strikes, kicks, and fast footwork.

Build Speed & Strength

Build explosive kicks, strikes, and agile reactions through intense

Taekwondo training.

Healthy Inside & Out

Escape from the daily grind and carve out time to exercise, refocus,

and build powerful self-discipline.

Protect Yourself & Your Family

Discover the confidence that comes with knowing how to protect

yourself and your loved ones

Renee (Student Since 2019)

Ready for a Stronger

and Safer you?

We are currently offering a FREE Muay Thai 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 Muay Thai from us and using our proven online teaching method that you sign up as a dedicated student.

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Benefits of This Course

Learn and practice all white to black belt techniques, poomse (forms), and

self defense through our easy to follow instructional videos.

Learn At Your Pace

You're busy and life can get in the way. We made this program flexible so you can train at the pace that fits your life.

Quality Instruction

Your is instructor is Coach Nick Vasallo, with years of high level Muay Thai training - you will be learning from the best.

Earn Accredited Rank

You will take challenging tests submitted to a real instructor so you can earn and be proud of your rank.

Complete Comprehensive Training

You will have everything you need to go from Level
1 - Level 6.

Supportive Community

You will be joining the ranks of over 1000 students from around the world working toward similar goals and encouraging each other along the way.

Stream From Multiple Devices

Access your courses from any device so you can take your training

with you on the go.

Lisa (Student Since 2019)

How it Works

The first online martial arts university of its kind, since 2008.

Ready for a Stronger

and Safer you?

We are currently offering a FREE Muay Thai 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 Muay Thai from us and using our proven online teaching method that you sign up as a dedicated student.

Normally a $127 value

Course Curriculum

Take the guesswork out of training. Every single belt level is laid out step-by-step and is easy to follow. In this

course, not only will you learn every single defense, strike, and principle, but you will reach new levels of

physical fitness, control, and energy.

Introduction

You will learn about the style, how to use the course, the principles of Muay Thai, basic stance, movement, and footwork.

Strikes

Devastating but simple strikes to end a fight quickly: straight punches, hook punches, uppercuts, overhands, elbow strikes, and more.

Kicks

The crushing cornerstone of Muay Thai - the thai kick, round kick, front kicks, back kicks, spinning kicks, knee, jump knee, and more.

Defenses

Work fast and highly efficient footwork and defenses that

flow with your

body's natural range of movement to mitigate any attack. Along with sparring practice.

Complete Classes

ust like attending a real muay thai class at a gym. Follow along with a warm up, drills, and cool down. Choose between "solo bag classes" and "partner classes" to train all of your techniques while getting a killer workout.

Instructor Support With

Anytime Feedback

Just like walking into the dojang and taking a full class.
The classes include a warm up, technique instruction, drills, variety, and

stretching to keep your training fun and different.

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.

Meet Your Instructor

Since 2005, I've trained in Aikido, Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga. I've won tournament medals, and also competed unofficially in amateur matches. I teach Muay Thai locally in the Bay Area and am the Head Instructor of GMAU Muay Thai. I'm also a college professor of music, married with two kids, compose music, and sing/play guitar in two bands (Antagony and Oblivion). 


The Global Martial Arts University 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. 

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Commonly Asked Questions

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

What is the style background?

From Okinawa, a wonderful and mysterious martial art has passed down to us from the past. It is often said that one who masters the techniques can defend himself readily without weapons and can perform remarkable feats of power and skill. The essence of the martial art style taught by Master Hodge has defensive abilities and goes beyond mere physical defensive feats into the realm of mastery of mind, body and spirit. Practicing Shotokan Karate Do with intensity and focus over time creates a powerful warrior spirit. Using this spirit to serve others with, in and through peace and cooperation will create balance and harmony within the student.


Shotokan Karate Do has its origins in Okinawa and can be traced back into China where many earliest masters studied. For the past thousand years the study and practice of masters and experts through which Shotokan Karate Do was nurtured and perfected took place in Okinawa. In the last century, Shotokan Karate Do has made its way to western lands where many different derivations of martial arts have been made from the original martial art as seen in Okinawa, Korea and China. Any practitioner today must understand that any representation of martial art has been modified and changes to fit for public consumption. The fundamental concepts as presented by Master Hodge are in alignment with Shotokan Karate Do and the original Okinawa Karate Do of Gichin Funakoshi. The fundamental study of GMAU Shotokan Karate Do, through first degree black belt is in alignment with Master Funakoshi. The lineage of Shotokan Karate as taught by Master Hodge is also linked through several Korean masters however, the fundamental style through first degree practiced by all these masters is in alignment with Master Funakoshi.


What is the instructor lineage tree?

1. Gichin Funakoshi, established Shotokan Karate Do in 1939. Master Funakoshi studied from about eleven years old under Azato Anko and Itosu Anko. He practiced diligently and in 1912 became the president of the Okinawan Shobukai. In May 1922, he relocated to Tokyo and became a professional teacher of karate-do. He devoted his entire life to the development of karate-do. He lived out his eighty-eight years of life and left this world on April 26, 1957.


2. Won Kuk Lee, In 1926 Won Kuk Lee travelled to Tokyo, where he attended high school and later attended the Central University of Tokyo (Chuo University) specializing in Law. During his school years, he started training in the martial arts currently known as Karate-Do Shotokan style, under the tutelage of Gichin Funakoshi and his son, Gigō Funakoshi, who was the instructor in charge of the karate club of the Central University of Tokyo. It was there that Won Kuk became one of the first students of karate in Japan, obtaining the highest rank for a person who was not a Japanese national. After his graduation in Chuo University, he traveled Japan, visiting Okinawa and many other cities in China, including centers where Chuan Fa (kung-fu) was taught.


3. Nam Tae Hi, started training in 1946 and received his first degree under Master Won Kuk Lee. After receiving his first degree in Shotokan Karate Do went on to create Oh Do Kwan with Master H.H. Choi.


4. Grand Master Jhoon Goo Rhee – introduced his mixture of Shotokan and Tae Kown Do martial arts to the United States of America since arriving in the 1950s.


5. Allen Steen – was the first american to receive a first degree black belt in 1962 from Jhoon Rhee. Steen also recognized that his first degree was Shotokan Karate Do and subsequent black belt degrees were Tae Kwon Do oriented. In Dallas, Texas he created his Dojo that was American Karate and Tae Kwon Do.


6. Mickey Fisher – Received his black belt from Allen Steen in the mid 1960’s and was an instructor with Allen Steen at American Karate and Tae Kwon Do.


7. P. D. Hale – Received his black belt from Mickey Fisher in late 1960’s in American Karate and Tae Kwon Do. In the 1970’s Master Hale studied under Jae Won Park of Korea and was awarded another certification under Song Moo Kwan. Currently Mr. Hale is a Grand Master with the rank of 10th degree black belt.


8. Rick Williams – Received his black belt from Grand Master P. D. Hale and created Kaufman Karate in the early 1970’s. Currently Master Williams 9th degree black belt owns and operates Crandall Family Martial Arts in Crandall, Texas and he and his wife are managing the Kaufman County Children’s shelter in Kaufman Texas.


9. Jon Hodge – Started training in the early 1990’s under Rick Williams and was subsequently promoted to black belt and became an instructor for Kaufman Karate through 2003. In 2003 Master Hodge opened a school of his own in Crandall and later Seagoville, Texas where he and his son operated the schools until 2012. Currently Master Hodge, a 6th degree black belt, works with his home study students and teaches at seminars. Over the years Master Hodge has studied many different forms of martial arts and is also a Master Chi Kung and Tai Chi instructor.

How does testing work?

  1. Train with the lessons and classes. Once you have logged the minimum training hours required, you are eligible to submit your test.
  2. Next, simply follow the instructions on the testing page, to film and submit your video exam.
  3. Your instructor will do a detailed grading of your exam, and will also film a personalized feedback video with corrections and guidance.
  4. Once you pass, you will receive your official certificate of rank. If you do not pass the first time, you will be given corrections, and can resubmit without paying another fee.

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

Although it is not a complete necessity, it can be very beneficial to have a training partner. The techniques can be practiced solo (preferably with a mirror). In the rank exam video, the kumite can be demonstrated solo or with a partner. If a partner is not available for self defense and one step demonstrations, a hanging bag or realistic dummy can be useful. You will need a partner in the kumite section of the brown belt – black belt rank exams, this can be a friend, training partner, or family member.

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

Yes! Your can easily add family members to your account, or link a training partner’s account to your own, so that you can train together. Each student will be graded individually and can track their own progress.

Do you offer a discount for additional family members?

Yes! Each additional family member receives a 50% discount on their tuition. It is simple to add new family members from your own account.

Can I cancel at anytime?

Yes, there are no contracts or annoying cancellation processes. If you just don’t like the course, you can cancel. But, if you fall to hard times and want to freeze your membership, we can do that for you too.

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

Yes it does! We donate a good portion of our proceeds every month to people and projects that are making the world a better place. From planting organic gardens to feed the homeless, to a martial arts school teaching underprivileged kids, to good people who have fallen under hard times and illnesses, schools in Africa, people combating ailments with natural herbs, and more - we are working on helping others and spreading abundance.

Do I have to do the testing and ranking?

This is simply an option that is available to you. We have a lot of students who just like training and learning the material on their own, without the goal of earning rank through us. That is just fine. If you ever need anything, you can still get help through our Instructor Support.

Is your course aligned with a particular organization or association?

Yes, all rank awarded is recognized and accredited through the Global Martial Arts Association, Ultimate Training Martial Arts Association, the Association of Martial Artists World Wide, as well as various local and national training centers. If you are looking to receive a certification or ranking through a specific group – then you must contact them directly. If you are purely interested in mastering the art itself, improving yourself, and earning accredited rank as you progress – then our course will be a good fit.

Is there a minimum wait between level certification exams?

There are no “forced waits” in our program. But, we do require students to document their training/practice sessions in the Student Journal.

We require for you to train a minimum number of hours and to document each practice session in your student journal before you take an exam.

We do this for a few reasons:

  • It allows us to keep tabs on your progress, practice schedule, and training time. As your instructors, we are more in the loop, just as we would be if you attended       physical classes with us.
  • The minimum training hours are designed so that you get enough repetitions; create real muscle memory, and instinctual reactions. It is not enough to just “know how to do a technique” – but be able to execute it instantaneously with an attack, without having to think. Sufficient, documented practice will get you there.
  • We want to maintain high standards of excellence and expectations, so that your training, progress, and ranking is up to par to a Krav Maga student from a physical facility.
  • Will my certificate state that it was earned “online” or through “home study”?

    No. Certificates issued are the same as those awarded to physical training students. This is because we have the same syllabus, testing requirements, and student standards in our online course. Since you are not physically attending classes, you will need to put in extra work and have a much higher level of self-discipline in order to advance.

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

    Yes. Rank exams are $60 each for yellow – brown belt. The fee covers the time and energy that your instructor takes out working with you and grading your exam. Your instructor will take out a good chunk of time to study your exam, grade it, make detailed notes, and work back and forth with you in communication. Your instructor will also film a personalized feedback video for you! Your instructor will demonstrate some of your errors, go over tips, corrections, guidance, and anything that will help you improve. The fee also covers your official certificate of rank.

    What if I have previous martial arts rank and experience?

    Great! You are an even better candidate for studying at home, since you have trained in the past. If you hold rank in shotokan, then you can follow our rank transfer procedure. Otherwise, you will need to start at the beginning.

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

    We currently allow for rank transfers in our Shotokan course. If you hold a rank in shotokan karate (not another style of karate), then you are eligible. Here is the process for transferring rank:


    1. You will first need to enroll into the course as a full student. Choose a payment option and enroll.
    2. Scan and email a copy of your highest rank certificate via our Support tab from within your GMAU account.
    3. Pay the $85 rank transfer fee (use this payment link). This covers the instructors time in reviewing your rank transfer video and for our administrative time getting you transferred into the rank.
    4. For Shotokan: Film yourself demonstrating all of our syllabus's katas from white to your current rank. Upload as a Youtube unlisted video, and send a message to Sensei Jon with this URL.


    Your instructor will do a detailed review of your transfer rank video. If you are up to our standards of rank equivalency, we will honor your current rank, and you can keep training toward your black belt and beyond.

    Will I get access to the full course on day 1?

    Yes. Upon enrolling, from day one you can access all levels of lessons, classes, and extras. You are not required to do the grading/testing component of your membership; but it is an option that you can take advantage of at any time!

    Can I enroll my child into the course? What is the minimum age?

    Yes it does! We donate a good portion of our proceeds every month to people and projects that are making the world a better place. From planting organic gardens to feed the homeless, to a martial arts school teaching underprivileged kids, to good people who have fallen under hard times and illnesses, schools in Africa, people combating ailments with natural herbs, and more - we are working on helping others and spreading abundance.

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    I really like the instructor, Coach Nick. He moves at a really nice pace, explains things well, and is really pleasant to hear in class. I really like the organization of the levels, it makes sense is logical, and having the download for each curriculum and level is terrific. The videos are all good, fun to watch, and while not the most intense workouts, give a really nicely paced lesson plan that is very well executed.

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    Any style of martial arts that you choose will help you feel more grounded and stable with your body. Learning Martial Arts is an extremely rewarding journey that we want to support you through. We even created a special offer so you could dip your toe into the practice of martial arts by taking a free beginners course which will help you on your journey to one day becoming a master. 

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