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I feel very fortunate that I am a student with Global Martial Arts University (GMAU). I feel that they are hands-down one of the most reputable and honest martial arts schools that I have come across. The instructors provide an exceptional level of knowledge and support. The students provide a high level of camaraderie, knowledge sharing, and constructive criticism. To me, it is just like being in an actual school.

I came across the Global Martial arts University (GMAU) site during a search for Okinawan Bo information that I could use for a local 'brick & mortar' school that I was trying to learn Okinawan Kobudo from. Sensei Michael Hodge's information and videos were a wonderful source of information. I know what most people say that learning online isn't a real way to actually learn a martial art. However, I feel that they would be wrong. In fact, I ended up doing a trial of the Ultimate Bo course and found it to be above and beyond the level of training that I was receiving at the local school. I then signed up for the full Ultimate Bo course. I also discovered that GMAU offers several other online courses such as Shotokan Karate and Krav Maga.

I had taken a local Krav Maga course locally but due to work schedules and family schedules I wasn't able to maintain anything consistently. I went through a couple of the online class videos and lessons that Sensei South and Sensei Koppel led and was duly impressed as well as worn out. I have also signed up for the Krav Maga course as well.

So here are my thoughts on GMAU and their online courses. The instructors for the GMAU courses are thorough in their explanation, demonstration, and in-depth analysis of the techniques and movements for the information taught. They offer lessons for the different belts/levels, as well as full classes that you participate in as if you are there. They also offer extra video sessions that delve into topics that students ask about as an added bonus. Having the videos for the lessons, classes, and extra sessions is great because you can always go back and review them when needed. All of this is available from the student portal.

The student portal contains all the training links, a training journal to track your learning progress and hours, as well as a VERY active discussion board, a Student Locator (to find students close to your area to train with), and Assignments & Testing areas for each level.

In order to test for each belt/level a video is required to be made, showing various angles for each of the requirements for the level. At first I was pretty nervous doing this and was actually my own worst critic. The GMAU instructors reviewed the submitted videos and provided a very technical video review, pointing out not only what I could improve on (as well as demonstrating it), but also pointed out what I did correctly. What is even greater and something that I respect quite a bit is that for the Level 6 (Krav Maga) and Black Belt (Ultimate Bo) you travel to the main location and test in person.

It is important to remember that for the online courses to work (like anything), you have to be self-motivated to want to learn! You need to have that drive that pushes you to the next level! I was lucky that I found a training partner that is close enough that we can train several times per week going through the classes and then even able to take time to slow down and work through some techniques that we want to examine more closely. At most brick & mortar schools you wouldn't be able to do that without private lessons or being at the mercy of the instructor's pace. Also the course message boards are a great way to get and provide feedback as well as exchanging training ideas and knowledge. I myself have posted several videos for peer review and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of feedback that I received, with some things that I didn't notice that helped me improve my techniques. The instructor's for both of the courses that I am enrolled in also are very quick to respond to questions and comments.

My goal is to receive my Level 6 in Krav Maga and then take the instructor's course as well as getting my Black Belt in Ultimate Bo and taking the instructor's course as well in that. I then plan to see about offering the courses here in my area, in conjunction with GMAU, combining an online experience with a brick & mortar location.

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Glenn McHenry
Ultimate Bo Student

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.

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Levi Potter
Ultimate Bo Student

I like Ultimate Bo very much because at 62 and with psoriatic arthritis it was something I could do, along with a lower back issue to boot, I was surprised when that it actually helped me. I found that Ava day I don't train, my back bothers me.
I like being able to train at my pace at a cost that I can afford.
I was impressed by the speed at which Sensei Hodge responds to emails.
I can't wait to progress to next chevrons and plan to try Shotokan Karate.

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James LaForge
Ultimate Bo Student

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