If you want to learn martial arts at home, or teach students martial arts at home – the good news is it’s easier than it has ever been.
With the social distancing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become the new norm for some schools and students to learn martial arts remotely.
Dojos have learned how to use technology to reach students in their homes. And students have learned how to make the most of the martial arts equipment they have at home and connect with their teachers.
Whether you want to know how to start teaching students online or improve your current online programs, here are some tips to help:
Obviously, having a sparring or training partner is more ideal than learning on your own in a lot of situations.
But, most types of martial arts techniques can be taught and practiced solo. Or at least a modified version of some techniques and drills.
Some of the disciplines that can be drilled without a partner include:
Some of the disciplines that are more difficult to drill without a partner include:
You can’t rule out any martial art styles though. With a training dummy (or a heavy bag) and some creativity, you’ll be surprised at what can be simulated.
If you teach mixed martial arts, you have the flexibility to work on the disciplines that lend themselves more to solo drills.
Running martial arts classes online is nothing new, especially personal one-on-one sessions. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a lot of martial arts businesses to adapt and shift all of their classes online.
Three of the key things schools that hadn’t previously held online sessions realized was;
All huge positives. Most of which came out of a negative situation and the need to keep a business running for most dojos.
It certainly looks like online classes, courses, and video training materials are here to stay going forward.
Whether you are being forced to reach students online due to social distancing restrictions, or you want to use video to reach a wider audience – we recommend looking into offering some form of online training.
Most dojo owners are more familiar with kettlebells and heavy bags than streaming equipment. Don’t worry though, it’s not that complicated and you can be online with a tight budget.
The key tools and tech you’ll need to teach online classes are:
A Website – You should already have a website. You may need to add some new pages to make it easy for your students to access your streams, find out more details about your schedule, etc. We can help you with all of that, just drop us a line.
Streaming/Video Conferencing software – There are various video-sharing tools on the market. We recommend using Zoom. It’s free to get started with and one of the most user-friendly software tools.
Laptop/Camera/Mic – You’ll need a laptop or PC, camera (so you can be seen), and a mic (so you can be heard).
Good Internet Connection – A good internet connection is of course vital. There is nothing more frustrating than lagging video or audio breaking up when you’re trying to teach a specific technique.
Martial arts are traditionally taught in a dojo or gym in-person. When new students join, you need to go over the basics or particular techniques again for them.
When recording or streaming lessons, however, you will find yourself with hours of content on your hands you can reuse.
I’ll be the first to admit that you can’t beat in-person training. But remote training comes a close second, and as it’s become necessary due to social distancing we have to make the best of it.
A few ways you can make your content work for you are:
As Marketing Material – What better way to show prospective students what to expect when signing up for a lesson than showing them?
Make good use of social media to share some of your best content. There are countless people stuck at home right now, there’s never been a better opportunity to reach more martial arts enthusiasts.
Building up a Content Library – You can curate all of your content and use your website as a hub to store it all. Maybe you want to put some lessons behind a paywall, or simply make it available to all of your students.
Inviting Student Submissions – Once you have all your streaming equipment set up, it doesn’t have to be one-way traffic. You can invite students to send in video clips of themselves training to critique their form and techniques.
As I explained, there is no better time to take more of your martial arts business online than right now. Contact us to help you facilitate your remote classes and learn how to market your martial arts school online.