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Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques as well as developing speed. Initially you will develop your strength and power as you progress to a much more fluid style that incorporates grappling, throwing and joint locking jiu-jitsu-like techniques.

Build Strength & Power You build overall strength and explosive power through out your body.  

Health In Body & Mind Escape from your work week and rediscover a sense of wholeness as you train.

Protect Yourself & Family Discover the security that comes from being able to protect those you care about.

Benefits of This Course

Learn At Your Pace You're busy and life can get in the way. We made this program flexible so you can train at the pace that fits your life.

Complete Comprehensive Training You will have everything you need to go from white to black belt.

Earn Accredited Rank You will take challenging tests submitted to a real instructor so you can earn and be proud of your rank.

Quality Instruction Your teacher is 6th dan black belt, Jon Hodge, who has taugh for over 20 years, so you will be learning from the best.

Stream From Multiple Devices Access your courses from any device so you can take your training with you on the go.

Supportive Community You will be joining the ranks of over 1000 students from around the world working toward similar goals and encouraging each other along the way.


Take the guesswork out of training. Every single belt level is laid out step-by-step and is easy to follow. In this course, not only will you learn every single technique (kihon), self defense movement (kumite), and pre-arranged form (kata), but you will reach new levels of physical fitness, control, and energy.

Introduction You will learn about the style, how to use the course, about Japanese terms, and how to succeed.

Basic Techniques (Kihon) Stances, Punches, Strikes, Blocks, and Kicks are all instructed (with correct Japanese terminology), and drills.

Self Defense (Kumite) You will learn Ippon, Sanbon, Gohon, Kaeshi, Jiyu Ippon, and Jiyu Kumite. Which are all different fighting forms.

Forms (Kata) All kata(s) from white to black are instructed, just as Funakoshi taught them (the founder of shotokan).

Complete Classes Each belt level includes a 30 minute class. This is just like attending a real class at Sensei Jon's dojo.

Practice Drills After a detailed instruction of each technique, there is an included practice drill to get more repetition. 

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"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant."

- Gichin Funakoshi -

About Us

The Global Martial Arts University is the golden standard for at-home martial arts instruction. We’ve been working with global distance training students since 2008. This has led us to creating cutting-edge home study courses that actually work.  

Our instructors, courses, and standards are held to the highest standards – so that you receive the highest quality training experience possible. The GMAU is on a constant quest to improve our courses, instruction, website, and experience for you. We only exist to help our students reach their goals.

Reviews from Our Students 

“The online format is comparable to many online colleges and universities. It is easy to navigate and very detailed. Sensei Jon does an excellent job speaking to the beginner and the Black Belt. He breaks it down in an easy, enjoyable practice. Don’t get me wrong, the curriculum is not easy and it does take hard work, time, and energy. But…that is because it’s the real deal. Students can earn accredited rank and an increased skill base regardless of their prior knowledge."

- Pastor Shaun Whitt

“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."

- Laurens van der Sande

"Global Martial Arts University's Shotokan Karate course has been nothing but a positive experience in all aspects of the program since I began. First, the program is incredibly accessible. I am in my 30's, have a child and work full time. I have always wanted to study Karate but have never had enough time to do so. GMAU's program makes learning accessible to when you can fit it in your schedule. For me, the most convenient time is in the evenings after I put the kid to bed. Also, it takes as much time as you want it to take. Classes range from 30-40 minutes and provide a full body workout while practicing technique. If I do not feel I have the energy for a full class I can either participate in the lessons, which are shorter, or I can practice at my own pace and record the time in my journal."

-Wes Robertson

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