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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Don't forget to sign up for our free beginner's Shotokan course!

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?

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

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

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

I've studied martial arts previously, starting in kung fu and eventually doing MMA for awhile. GMAU was the first time I've got to do more traditional and formal training while earning ranks in a martial arts. I chose shotokan karate because I was always interested in learning karate. The set up is wonderful. It's super convenient for people like me who have a child/children and a job. I can train on my own time at my own pace. The videos are really well done with tons of tips and examples on how to properly preform your technique, as well other students are able to comment and commune back and forth so that we help each other along the way. Most importantly for me, is the instructors themselves. I can say with all honesty I have messaged sensei Michael and sensei Jon several times since starting my journey, and they always reply with the best advice they can give. Particularly sensei Jon, who has helped me tremendously on the side with more of the personality, mental and spiritual aspect of martial arts. He's really took the time to reply with video messages and help me get my mind more at peace while I work on my body to further assist me to one day being a karate master myself. GMAU is a great thing for those interested in martial arts but may not have time to devote to local classes

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Shaun Adams
Shotokan Karate Student

The GMAU has been a fantastic fit for me. It has allowed me to further my love for martial arts at my own pace with the highest quality instruction. I absolutely love it. Instructors are always positive and supportive. I plan to be a life long student of martial arts, and I believe this is the perfect place to do it.

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Dustin Richison
GMAU 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

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 Started my karate Journey 12 years ago. But I was not able to continue training in a single dojo to earn more than an yellow belt because of being constantly on the move for studies and work finally 5 years ago settled in a small Town in Canada but there was no dojos that would fit my 12 hour nights and days work schedule.only trainning I could do was to brush up what I learned from 12 yrs ago.last year I searched online for good videos to train more and advance myself as a karateka thats when I found GMAU. Started training then and there couldnt be more happier.

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Nipun Peter
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