Learning martial arts online –
is that even possible?
The short answer is: No.
Martial arts needs the whole person, connects body and mind. Learning it is based on experience in the dojo, with and without partner, with a good teacher who literally stays in touch with their students. It takes time, patience and endurance and a lot of hard work.
Yet there are plenty of things where online resources will benefit the dedicated martial artist: Tutorials (in video or text), background knowledge, lectures of all kind, the learning and drilling of techniques and forms – and to a degree even the training with a partner. For us, one of the main chances of online training is to connect martial artists across borders. While living far apart from each other, or while traveling, it’s still possible to gain skills and exchange experiences.
Online Training, a possibility?
An exploration in 2018
with Jorge F Garibaldi and Heero Miketta
The regular online classes are free for our members in local dojos.
You can also book single lessons here or decide for our special online membership. You are very welcome to join if you are training in any school, Missing Link or others, and enjoy the flexibility of training anywhere, with a special point of view.
One on one or in small groups (for example with two partners), these trainings can be booked straight with one of our instructors. Please use the booking form here on our Regular Classes page.
Our ShoShin Lessons, the beginner‘s inductions, are partly available online. Here you have a chance to get a first impression and learn basics before you decide to try classes in the dojo.
The Covid19 lockdown offer is starting in June 2020. Find all the details here or by clicking the logo above.
The Covid situation
Social distancing: The central message of the year 2020. From one moment to the other, the world went online.
Martial arts training is no exception – and our long term idea to create online resources suddenly became essential. A wealth of video tutorials, background information and live Zoom classes attracted experienced students as well as new beginners. The material is available here at our Covid response page.
What we learned during the pandemic will now be the backbone of our new Online Dojo.
Tutorials and background knowledge, both in text and video.
A growing database of information and tools, built by the international Missing Link Community.
The Online Resources are free for Missing Link Members. The community is open minded and non-exclusive. We are happy to welcome everyone who wants to research with us, regardless of your roots and your commitments in other communities or associations. Find out more at www.missinglinkmartialarts.com
If you don’t want to commit like this, a one-year subscription is available for £20. Check this out here at our Covid response page. When the pandemic is over, we will move this into a regular offer. The subscription does not automatically renew and is no membership.
The online classes
While training via Zoom can never replace real life lessons face to face, in close contact and with direct communication, some things work very well in online training.
Learning and drilling techniques
Martial fitness, health, strength, stamina
Motor skill education
Background knowledge and theory
Qi Gong/internal training
For partner training, bunkai, kumite – especially the more sophisticated forms – online training is always limited. Advanced students can benefit from remote lessons if they have a partner with them. Online training should have groups of at least two students in that case.
Private lessons can be efficient for certain topics and help us to keep in touch with students and teachers who are spread all over the world. Their scope is also limited, but with highly experienced martial artists and a partner for training, many things are possible.