My favorite yoga teacher is Mart Bastien. She runs a school called: Open Space Yoga.
I don’t make it to Mary’s classes as often as I should. And now that my family and I are living in France, it’s impossible to join any of her classes.
I wish she had DVDs or offered classes online. I realize watching her on a screen would not be the same as seeing her in person. But I would definitely follow along at home with what I’ve got.
When I mention our wanting to put the dojo online to our students, I sometimes get confused looks about the whole idea. I think the challenge for a lot of people is trying to grasp how one could replicate the real world in an online environment.
I must confess. For years I have been reluctant to offer online training. I shared the same concerns, like how would I engage students and how would I monitor progress.
But here I am in France wishing I could get at least of part of Mar’y yoga teachings… If only she offered online classes!
The real benefit on online martial arts training is the ability to learn anytime, anywhere, at any pace. So as we start to see more and more programs migrate to the web, we should refrain from pointing out the things online training cannot achieve and instead focus on the neat things online training can offer.
Take a look at what we are doing with our online dojo: AnyoneCanFight.com
Let me know what you think.
Sensei James has 35 years experience in the martial arts and has served as an AAU (American Athletics Union) certified martial arts coach and tournament judge. James has a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido and a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo. James owns SuperGeeks, Smart Karate and AnyoneCanFight.com.