In the world of ever growing technology and amidst the information age, you can now study, research and learn nearly anything online, at the tip of your fingers, all in high speed, high definition glory!
This includes all manner of fitness training ranging from personal training, yoga, dance to even Karate.
Although mainstay “traditionalists” disagree with learning Karate online as opposed to a formal class setting, I will explain three reasons why you should consider training online.
Firstly, for the sheer convenience of learning on your schedule. Not everyone can get to a dojo or training facility on a regular basis. In today’s busy lifestyle, there may be too many day to day distractions that get in the way of your commitment to attending classes on a regular basis that make the expense worth the investment of your time. Family commitments and responsibilities can easily make getting away very difficult. Maybe you travel for a living or work away from home for weeks at a time and therefore don’t always know when the next class you can attend will be. This is a great reason to take online training, it will follow you wherever you may be and whenever you have time.
Next, you will want to consider the fact that you might not know enough about Karate to really know what you want from the training. Online training is a great way to research and study Karate and really get a feeling for what it has to offer you and more importantly, if it is a great fit for you. Too many times we get excited about something from an external source such as TV and movies, only to realise that the real world is remarkably different from our perceived ideals from these sources. Everyone sees only the Black Belt level proficiency, but rarely the hard work and dedication it took to get to that level. Dig deep to really understand the path you are about to take. After all this could be a life-long journey, so why would you just scratch the surface when doing research for something this time consuming?
Probably the most important reason you should learn Karate online is due to comfort. Not only is training in your own home more comfortable a setting but you may not be immediately comfortable training alongside others in a classroom setting. Too many times we stop doing things that we like because of our comfort level. We are all narcissistic when training or performing physical feats around others and that feeling of “everyone is watching me” can be a deal breaker for beginning students. This is true for the many of people who join a gym each year with a New Year’s resolution to “get back in shape”, only to be around people who are already in shape. This can crush your confidence. No one wants to be the person that holds up the class because they just don’t “get it” right away.
Although I have only discussed three points of consideration to learning Karate online, there are many more reasons for you to consider, like cost, how the training curriculum fits your needs and accessibility to training in a traditional Karate Dojo. There is an old martial arts saying “when the student is ready the master will appear”, no one said that the master would appear in the flesh. So now ask yourself with one hundred percent truthfulness, am I ready?