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  •  The ability to defend yourself and build strong self-confidence
  • Access to some incredible total-body workouts, which will shred fat and build lean muscle
  • All of it at no cost to you including the ability to do everything in the comfort of your own home.

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Introductory Shotokan Karate Course

"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. Over the past 2 years I have not only learned so much physically, but I have also been able to make significant improvements with battling panic disorder. Something that I have battled my entire life. I am currently a yellow belt and will soon be testing for my orange. My journey has only just begun, and I am proud to be a part of Global Martial Arts University!"

Robert Hughes  ( Shotokan Student since 2017 )

A Complete Guided Introductory Course

5+ hours of HD video lessons teaching all material in the white-belt syllabus.

More than 5 follow-along classes (30-40 minutes each), which are just like attending real “live” Shotokan Karate classes.

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Once you're ready to take things to the next level, sign up instantly to gain full access to the course, including instructor support and feedback.

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We're currently offering a FREE Shotokan Karate course so 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'll love learning the basics of Shotokan from us so  much that you'll sign up as a dedicated student.

What Our Students

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The training material is good, the exams aren’t easy…you really need to earn a rank/belt. It is no fake MCdojo :). I can train where and whenever I have the time. I just took the yellow belt exam and received a 25 minute long personal video from Sensei Jon reviewing my material.

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Laurens van der Sande
Shotokan Karate Student

I would like to start by saying I have no affiliation with the GMAU other than as a student. It's hard to believe that it's been more than a year that I have been training with the GMAU. This has been an awesome experience for me and I can't imagine not having this format to train with especially during the pandemic. The GMAU and Shotokan Karate are now a very important part of my life and I enjoy the training more now after more than a year than I ever have. Senseis Jon, Michael, Sarah & Jonas have been amazing throughout with their honest feedback when I submit a video for review and I find their "high fives” motivational. I truly believe they want to see me succeed. The format of the GMAU is exceptional, no other on-line martial arts instruction comes close, the videos for each level are easy to find, follow and understand, the content is exactly what you need to progress through that level and we can watch the videos as many times as we need or want to and the lower belt level videos are always there to go back and review any time. The belt level assignments and test videos are very simple to submit but in no means a "walk in the park" to achieve, I've looked at the belt level rank requirements for other Karate schools and as far as rank requirements I think the GMAU is much more thorough than any I have seen, I would match a GMAU student of any belt level with a student of the same belt level that trained in a in person school any time. I am proud to say I am a GMAU student and I look forward to continuing my journey in Shotokan Karate. I should probably mention that I was 57 years old when I started GMAU in November 2019 and 58+ now and have achieved the rank of 4th kyu purple belt working towards my 3rd kyu brown belt.

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Darryl Hughes
Shotokan Student

I discovered the GMAU in 2016. At the time, I had a full-time job, a part-time job, a household to run, and a 1 year old daughter. Needless to say, my days were full. I also realized that I was not in the best shape I could be in nor did I have a healthy outlet to allow myself to get away from the burdens of work and just have something that I could work on myself with. I had thought about getting back into martial arts since dropping out as a young teenager, but the time involved outside of the home was just not going to work with my situation at the time.

Through a search for learning martial arts at home I discovered the GMAU Shotokan Karate program. I'll admit that at first I was skeptical of whether or not an online program like this could work. I am more than pleased to report that it can if the right people are in charge. Sensei John and Sensei Michael created something amazing. They have a talent for understanding that not everyone lives a lifestyle that allows them to find an hour a day outside of the home to train. Their program allows even the busiest person to get up early, use their lunch, or put dinner in the oven and train. The videos are top notch. The techniques at each belt level are clearly demonstrated with patience and a true desire to pass on their knowledge.

The instructor feedback is amazing. There is nothing "cookie cutter" in the responses you get from the various instructors. Everything is tailored to the individual student which, given the size of the platform, is beyond impressive. The addition of instructors that have gone through the program was a stroke of genius. They could have gone out and hired any black belts to be associate instructors. Instead, they chose people from within the program. That allows a whole new depth of instruction to be introduced because, as former students, they know the challenges, limitations, and coping strategies for learning a martial art outside of a traditional dojo. It allows for these instructors to also have a personal stake and great interaction with the students.

Finally, the sense of community and support the GMAU has created is phenomenal. Students from all over the world can support, motivate, and train with one another in a way that truly gives you a sense that you aren't alone in your endeavors to better yourself while having a full schedule. That sense of community is vital to a program like this and offers an additional depth that closes the gap between home training and traditional dojos.

I can't recommend the GMAU enough and I believe that it is worth more than the price paid. They even offer a free trial membership to decide whether or not their program will work for you. There is nothing to lose with them, except all of your excuses.

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Brian Schulz
Shotokan Student

If you’re on this page and you want to learn Shotokan Karate and finally start your martial arts journey, this is the community you need. Yeah, I know this is an online course but let me explain...

At this time we're living in, I believe that online courses are a legitimate way to learn new skills and that includes Shotokan Karate. GMAU looks after its own students and helps you progress one step at a time. Even sending you a video answering your questions (they actually did that when I had a question) and I appreciate that.

So, look no further and just join this great community of martial artists.

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Javier Velazquez
Shotokan Student

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