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Are you ready to master a Martial Art style? Then it's time for you to sign up for our world leading online learning platform. You'll have everything you need:

  •  A 60-day money back guarantee that is unparalleled in the industry
  • Your choice of style in the convenience of your home, across your devices
  • Gain real rank at your own pace with one on one feedback
  • All of it at the fraction of the cost of a traditional studio

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Normally a $127 value

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Here is a breakdown of a traditional dojo cost compared to the GMAU.

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Local School

Payment

$ 100
Per Month

$ 195
Path to BB

Duration

36
Months

3
Payments

Total

$ 3,600
Cost to Black Belt

$ 585
Cost to Black Belt

Here's How

Training at a qualified martial arts school costs around $100-$200 per month, and to reach black belt proficiency usually takes a minimum of 3 years. This means that, at a minimum, a traditional martial arts education will cost about $3,600.

Tuition

Shotokan Karate, Krav Maga, Or Taekwondo

*some other small fees when you test and rank

$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.


90+ 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.


90+ Follow Along Classes


125+ 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

Other Small Fees Between Each Rank.

$15

Assignments

In-between each belt level, you will submit a short progress check and receive helpful feedback from you instructor.

$60

Color Rank Exams

Covers the full grading of your video exam, along with a personal video feedback video from the instructor, and the mailing of the official certificate of rank. And, there is no additional cost for re-testing.

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Normally a $127 value

Your Experience Matters to Us

We are dedicated to our students, which is why we provide one on one feedback like no other Martial Arts online school.

My name is Kelly and this is my story:
I started browsing online in search of a good martial arts academy, since I had been training in jiu jitsu, kickboxing, karate and mixed martial arts for some years already. I had also become immensely interested in Krav Maga as a discipline, so I started looking in my area, extending to far and beyond and I couldn't find an appropriate Krav Maga training facility to meet my specific needs.
I continued to browse the internet because I really fancied this new fighting style that I had found. I watched a lot of YouTube videos on Krav Maga and I really wanted to start training Krav seriously.
Then one day I stumbled on the Global Martial Arts University and the Krav Maga home study course. It was exactly what I was looking for. What really attracted me was the method of studying and training with the videos and then filming and submitting ones own video to the instructor in order to grade. I was really impressed because the system was user friendly, allowing for a flexible schedule and it would work perfectly for me.
The only drawback that I had was that, living in a small city in South Africa, I thought that I wouldn't be able to pay for the course since I don't have a credit card. However, Mr. Hodge was really accommodating and he advised me regarding alternative methods of payment, for which I will always be grateful. So I experienced first hand, even before my enrolment, the personal touch that is so important to all of us as students and this has never stopped in all the time that I have been with GMAU as a student.
I have now been with GMAU for almost two years. I am about to grade for my blue belt in Krav Maga and I am really enjoying the videos with instructors Mr. Koppel and Mr. South, whom I respect highly. Mr. Koppel, specifically, is my instructor and he grades my work and gives me feedback, as quickly as possible after my gradings.
Whenever I submit a question or an assignment or a belt grading, Mr Koppel acts immediatelty and I receive my answer or feedback within a few days. Mr. Koppel corrects my technique by filming himself doing the technique on someone and he also corrects my mistakes step by step explaining where I went wrong and what is expected of me. I then re-film those techniques and he re-films himself stating whether he is happy or not and if I passed or not.
I also love the way that the GMAU Krav Maga course is laid out. The videos are very clear and distinct and every technique is explained in detail in the lessons. Then there are classes that follow the lessons. Each class has fun ways of training and excellent drills to train. I feel as if I am there in the class with them. In the lessons not only did I learn Krav Maga techniques but also a lot of life skills, including awareness.
The instructors go out of their way to make the classes interesting and as practical as possible
The GMAU Krav Maga course which is globaly recognised and internationally accredited has also benefited me greatly since the standards are high. This has made me a much better Krav Maga practitioner than I had ever imagined.
The course is also very affordable and it has been every cent worth it.
I highly recommend GMAU to anyone who would like to study krav maga.
They really are the best!
Kelly

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Kelly Bampa
Krav Maga Student

I couldn't be happier about being a student of GMAU. I have wanted to learn karate since I was 5 years old (I'm 42 now) but was never able to make it happen till about a year ago i stumbled upon GMAU on YouTube and decided to give it a shot. It has been one of the best decisions I have made. Shotokan is an amazing art although it is challenging the feeling I get when I get a new technique or kata right is totally worth all the work (although idk if its actually work if you enjoy it) I put into it. The feedback video's I have gotten from sensi Jon and sensi Jonas have been great extremely helpful they are very positive and encouraging. I like that they not only explain and demonstrate in detail the things you need to work on but they also point out the things you do well they are both great teachers. They are also always there for you if you have any questions if you email them they will respond. Sensi Michael is also there for you via email to answer any questions or concerns.
GMAU is a great school and I am proud to be part of it. Thank you so much sensi Michael, sensi Jon, and sensi Jonas you are more a part of my life than you'll ever no.

Sincerely
Jason Tamer

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Jason Tamer
Shotokan Karate Student

We are encouraged by the values shown by Michael Hodge and Jon. The sport karate popularity has made tournaments and winning medals and trophies more of a priority in some dojos. We want to focus upon kata and kihon the way it is taught traditionally. Values come first. Kumite has become dangerous and we are not fighters. Video courses are good suppliments when katas are not being taught locally. We are encouraged by the teacher preparation. We are thankful for your flexibility and patience.

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Jerry Troy
Shotokan Karate Student

Well instructed, easy to follow. I enjoy the feedback from the instructors and the creative criticism.

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Terry Sullivan
Shotokan Karate Student

This course is perfect for people with busy schedules. The instruction of sensei Jon is superb and very easy to understand. It's perfect for a beginning student or a black belt.

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Joe Marin
Shotokan Karate Student

Tuition

Ultimate Bo

*some other small fees when you test and rank

$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

Biannualy

Most Popular


Pay for six months at a time

to save even more.


90+ Follow Along Classes


100+ Technique Lessons


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.


90+ Follow Along Classes


125+ 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

Family Members

Each family member that you add receives a 50% discount on tuition! You can easily add a family member to your account, by clicking on the “My Courses” tab at the top of the screen.

Not Ready to Commit to Becoming a Master?

We are currently offering a FREE beginners course in the style of your choice so that you can take your first step towards protecting yourself and the ones you love. This is a no commitment offer with no credit card details needed. Our hope is that you LOVE learning Martial Arts from us and using our proven online teaching method that you enroll as a dedicated student.

Normally a $127 value

Hi, my name is Gavin, I am from Germany, 44 and I practice Wing Tjun over 2 years together with my wife Anja.

Martial Arts is a good way for us to improve mental, fitness and self-defense. But also i loved watching people using traditional weapons with the awesome movements like shaolin monks do.

My wish to learn to handle such a traditional weapon was first awakened in the summer of 2017. In Wing Tjun we will not get teached in the traditional weapon bo, just the long bo with just one boring form without any sense of self defence character. It is just a lesson to improve the upper body condition and strength. This idea behind was not my goal. So I researched in my neighborhood where there is a school that teaches Kobudo. Unfortunately I had to find out disappointed that there is really no single school I could visit without having to do half a world trip. So first I was content to buy a rattan bo and check some cool tricks here and there from the videos found on Youtube and practice them on our home loft. The space was big enough to whirl around with the stick.

The imitation of forms of the Shaolin fighters has led me sometime to the point that I had reached my limits of deeper understanding and had not really progressed here. On the one hand I was motivated and at the same time completely overwhelmed by the mix of different styles, techniques and simple tricks of the well known toothpick-specialists.

I can still remember when between all these videos on youtube I happened to notice a class video from Ultimate Bo and immediately hooked up the way this lesson was built. The video had immediately animated to participate. Logically and structured like a real training lesson with warm-up technical part and cooldown. I had really absorbed this video.

The way Michael Hodge works here and conveyed his knowledge convinced me immediately to have a look at the homepage of Global Martial Arts University to inform about how the course is working. Of course, I also had initial doubts whether I can actively pursue this course over a longer period of time without losing interest in it after a short time.

After I finally decided to enroll in Ultimate Bo in September 2017, I was completely convinced that I had made the right decision during my first visit to my personal training area. Each training video was motivation to continue here. Achieving this attitude through an online course and the distance and keeping students in the mood requires great effort and thoughtful approach.

I remember exactly when I first saw Bo Kata 1 in the training videos section. I have to admit that for the first time I had a short-term feeling, "Oh dear, there you have something planned!" Today I am heading for the graduation of the Blue Chevron Level and smilingly look back to the first beginnings with many heights and deep ones. Days on which everything had run smoothly and those on which you would have thrown the Bo out of the window. But Michael Hodge and the community does not leave a student in the lurch and is always backwind to keep up the motivation.

And it will continue and never end the supposed successes that have been achieved with the graduations at Ultimate Bo to elaborate in more detail until these are finally in flesh and blood.

I'm proud to be a student under Sensei Michael Hodge of Global Martial Arts University. All that is missing is the greatest honor: to train with Sensei Michael and my colleagues together having fun and make a great party with barbecue or something typical american cool things after we have finished the lesson. Maybe this will never be possible due to the distance and the costs for the flight. For this reason, a photo of Him is hanging in my training room so that I can express my honor and respect in my own way as I do this also to my Master in Wing Tjun.

On GMAU i have found the best way to practice with structured lessons helping me to learn this interesting martial arts style from the really beginning teached by a shining example like Sensei Michael Hodge.

He opened up my horizon to apply what i have learned by now to my own martial arts style and also my personal mindset in the area of life. If you also like to go this way enrolling this course is highly personal recommended!

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Gavin Huhoff 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

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

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