Skill Building – Taking Kung Fu Lessons Online
If you ask someone who has been training in Kung Fu for 10 years or longer chances are they won’t believe it’s possible to learn kung fu online. However, throughout history, people have said things were impossible but later it became realized that it was possible.
Let’s look at traditional education, as you know you can already take tons of online courses and earn credits towards your college degree. In some cases, you can even earn your degree online. So why are there people who believe that you can’t learn Kung Fu online?
There are many skills that you have to learn to be a fully rounded martial artist today. Because we can communicate light years faster than we could even 60 years ago we can quickly research practically any subject and see what it takes to really be good.
There are three types of martial art practitioners in the world. Those that believe the only way to become good at fighting is by fighting and testing your skills. Then there are those who take martial arts as part of a healthy lifestyle formula. And still, there are others who want to be prepared to protect their family or themselves should the need arise.
To be honest with you there isn’t really a right or wrong answer to this question because the answer is different depending on who you are. To help you better understand if taking kung fu lessons online is right for you, we will break down these three different types of people.
Kung Fu Lessons Online – 3 Types Of Martial Arts Practitioners
The Fighter – This person thrives on proving themselves in battle. To this person their honor is at stake. Can learning kung fu online help this person? The answer is yes. This person is committed to living the lifestyle of a warrior. Most martial art enthusiasts are familiar with the book Art Of War by Sun Tzu.
In that book the author speaks about understanding your enemy and being prepared for anything. A true warrior will look at the opportunity to learn more positively. This person isn’t just taking online courses, they are training with instructors, sparring and even competing. This person is eating and sleeping war.
The Health And Wellness Guru – This person understands that in today’s technological society it’s important to stay healthy, eat right and get a good dose of exercise regularly. For centuries the martial arts has promoted a healthy lifestyle.
Sometimes doing traditional exercises are boring. For this person taking Kung Fu lessons online can be very rewarding. They learn more about how the body works.
They learn new exercises to hit their muscles differently and cause muscle confusion.
The Protector – It’s hard to believe I know but there are people out there in the world who actually want to be to defend themselves and their families against bad guys.
This person should be taking kung fu lessons online as well as taking lessons locally to fully prepare themselves for the reality of what real fighting is.
The answer to the question above is simply this. Learning kung fu online doesn’t replace a real teacher. However, it can aid you on your path to self-discovery.
The ideal situation for a person who wants to learn kung fu online is to have a training partner to work with. You can learn skills from online learning, at the end of the day you still need someone to practice with to hone those skills.
There are just some things you can’t learn online for instance, developing proper timing while someone is trying to attack you. Or dealing with the fear of getting hit. In these situations, you need live energy to work with. That shouldn’t stop you from learning online.
Tip: Because I love martial arts so much I was willing to teach people for free the skills I learned in exchange they agreed to be my training partner. It cost me nothing. It was a fair trade.
Ultimately only you know what is right for you. However, if you are thinking about taking kung fu lessons online don’t other people’s opinions matter. Do your own research and experience it for yourself. You may find you are pleasantly surprised with your results.
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jean gignac says
Just want make small comment to this question ….I thinking than nothing replace the person at person but If you can make than everything will be the same , you will be better ….Jean
I watched most of the videos that Phu put online, and while I don’t directly use the Kung Fu approach, there are a lot of things, biomechanical facts that I learned through EnterShaolin that I apply to what I currently do. In my boxing, I use the idea of circular movement, so I can throw my jab out twice as fast as most people it’s really funny.
Sifu Phu Ngo says
Hey Ray, you are right, energy is energy, it is not confined by style or limited by beliefs, it is universal and can be applied with anything of motion. Glad you can use it for your box get. The guys you spar or fight against must get a little stumped. 🙂
John Laymen says
I would say that learning kung fu online is like learning how to swim online. You will just need the pool right? I practice the stuff I learn here and elsewhere. It does work. However, finding a partner is very difficult as no one believes that it can work lol. So I’ve personally learned to make makeshift wooden dummies and use punching bags to practice punches. Can the reader to the same. Of course. Is my form right? Maybe… lol.
Jamie Pelaez says
Way to be resourceful brother! I am sure in time you will attract training partners, it will happen. Until then keep up the great work on being resourceful and not letting the details trip you up. 🙂
Dean Jarema says
I am currently learning the Yang form, of Tai Chi online and using a book. Both a very informative and it works for me. If you can take a video of yourself for evaluation, that would take learning online to another level.
Jamie Pelaez says
Hey Dean, I am happy you are finding a way!
We do offer monthly video critiques for our Abbot (lifetime) members as we thought this would be a great extension to learning online.
Darren Daurio says
Years ago if a person wanted to learn martail arts and couldn’t find a school or particular school of their interest, books were considered the best bet, but wasn’t enough to actually learn the art. VHS videos were better, but were also limited. I believe websites like yours offer much more then books and videos because of the effective communication and consistent feedback from questions students may have. Nowadays most schools are specifically for health and tornament sparring and not so much self defense from real life situactions, rather more from a classical approach which doesn’t seem to work when confront by a person attacking with multiple punches and take down.
working as as bouncer in NY City, I’ve seen quite a few martial artist get pumbled. They always start out good but can never close the gap, it’s like they are limited in technique or don’t have enough power in their kicks and punches, infact, I was told they were black belts. It goes to show that a rank doesn’t mean too much these days.
Jamie Pelaez says
Hey brother Darren, great points! And yes, many have used these previous tools and still do to help them learn the arts to this day. Also thank you for the kudos! We are always looking at how we can bridge the gap for our long distance family.
I also second that sadly most schools are not teaching actual self defense for real life.
Belts and degrees can be received by anyone. However, like you experienced, just because you have piece of paper or a belt, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are great at said are or profession. Wouldn’t that make like easier, if by a persons title and certificates that we could just know if they are good or not?
Instead the proof is in the pudding as they say. 😉
Carlos Bosch says
Hi, I think that you are doing a very grate job with your web site, congratulations!
I’m 59 now and had been practicing must of my life martial arts, in the 70’s I can practice in my country with chinese descendant but with the time I had no one to practice with and thanks to persons like you I continued learning and interchanging knowledge with others.
Thanks again, keep in the road!
Jamie Pelaez says
Hey brother Carlos! Thank you so much for you kind words. They are most appreciated! We are happy you are enjoying our free lessons and they have helped you.
One of the reasons we created Enter Shaolin is to help people get access to this knowledge and be able to share it with others regardless of where they are in their lives or where they are located.
We are happy you are finding our work of great use. Blessings!
I love all videos sifu, i just practice it most of the time, i don’t know if it works or not, but when the time will come at least i have something to do rather than standing there like a punching bag, thanks to all your videos and email sifu phu, sifu larry and madam jamie, Godblessyou always!
Larry Rivera says
Thanks Zapp! It works 🙂 Have a great day!
Do you know about when you going to start making DVD for training
Larry Rivera says
Hey Doug, we need to raise another 10k to get one more camera and upgrade a few more things to start that process. Unfortunately we ran into some added development costs on another project so we are a bit behind schedule. We are praying for before the end of the year to have our first out. If you are on our email list, you will be the first to know when we have them out!
Samantha Cartwright says
Thank you for the information you guys are doing an awesome job .
Larry Rivera says
peter mangin.Sydney Australia. says
Yes I think like many YOUTUBE martial art instructors ,martial artists.Sifu,has
the natural ability of explaining and demonstrating the techiques so well,its easy to learn,listen,and practice ..cheers to The Enter Shaolin team..
Sifu Larry Rivera says
I dont beleive any of the three types of martial artists fit me. Not a fighter. Have no interest in hurting people or even beating people.
When I here someone training just for health I get depressed. I start thinking martial arts are out dated and only serve this purpose.
And I have never even considered protecting as a reason.
But I don’t really know why I train again.I feel like there really doesn’t need to be a reason. like u don’t ask yourself why your happy and fulfilled.