One of the many reasons we started Enter Shaolin was because there are many people around the world who wants to train in Kung Fu, but cannot find any good local instruction on how to do so. The problem is Kung Fu isn’t as mainstream as say Ultimate Fighting or other Mixed Martial Arts.
Not only that, Kung Fu has never been as organized as say Karate schools, which often have belt systems and kids programs. I think part of the reason most Kung Fu schools stray away from these things is because of the way it’s taught. Kung Fu in many cases has been passed down from family member to family member. Only in recent times has Kung Fu become more accessible to people in the West.
This is where learning kung fu online comes into the picture.
You Can’t Really Learn Kung Fu Online Can You?
This is one of those questions that gets asked all the time. So let’s break down what it actually takes to learn a martial art.
- You need to practice your forms
- You need to condition your body
- You need to work with a live training partner for sensitivity
Obviously if your going to train by yourself at home, you will need to find training partners at some point. With that said though, it’s not that difficult to find someone to train with assuming you are serious about your training. 🙂
You can learn forms from the internet, how to condition your body and even some techniques online solo. In short you can do two thirds of your training online without a training partner. It’s that one third part (sensitivity training) that you will need a training partner to work with.
So don’t be discouraged, there is much you can do in the meantime before you find a training partner. You can read how I found my training partners here.
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If you have ever taken a public martial arts class before, then you know that the teacher maybe teaches for 15 to 20 minutes and the rest of the time you are working with your training partner who has relatively the same amount of skill you do.
To really take advantage of having a face to face teacher you would need to take private lessons which depending on where you live can be anywhere from $40 to $120 an hour. The difference between training one on one vs. with a whole class is astounding. And did I mention, that you should be taking those lessons at least twice a week? For most people that just isn’t in their budget.
But most people want to get good, so what is the solution if you cannot find a good Kung Fu instructor in your area or you cannot afford to take private lessons? The answer is learning Kung Fu online.
Advantages Of Learning Kung Fu Online
When I started learning Kung Fu from Sifu Phu Ngo, I would go to a private lesson and he would teach me a form or technique and then I would practice it. As soon as I got home and tried to practice what I learned, I realized I literally forgot what he taught except a few tidbits here and there. So, I was left trying to piece things together which eventually worked out.
This went on for years. It took me forever to memorize anything because I had no point of reference the moment I left our sessions. I didn’t have a video to go back to refer to like Enter Shaolin members do today. So the first advantage of taking lessons online is that you can watch and re-watch the videos as often as you want and need to.
I had to sacrifice a lot of time and money to learn Kung Fu. Sometimes I had to get my butt to Sifu’s school at 5:30 am before I had to go into work because it was the only time I could get a private lesson with him.
Would you have done the same or could you? That brings us to the second advantage of learning Kung Fu online is you get to learn at the times that work best for you at your convenience.
The third advantage is as far as cost goes it can cost as little as $1.22 a day (choose the Senior yearly option or the Abbot for even greater savings overtime) to train on the internet. When you take a step back and really look at the big picture, taking Kung Fu lessons online is an affordable and convenient way to increase your skill.
The fourth advantage is being able to train anywhere in the world that you have a decent internet connection. You won’t have to wait 28 years to start your training like Jamie did. No, instead you could get started right now just by signing up here and end the wait. You can also take the training with you on the go when you are traveling. Most people can’t get their Sifu to go on the road with them, but you can! 😉
Can I Use What I Learn Online, If I Go To A Local School?
This is another question we get asked all the time. Of course you can! We have many family members who are blessed with being able to find a good school locally that use the lessons here at Enter Shaolin to refine what they do. Some use it to help with memorization, like I said I didn’t have video lessons at my disposal when I was learning Kung Fu. The good news is you can have these lessons at your beckon call and unlike me because you will have access to them you can drastically cut down the time it takes to memorize and learn.
If you are blessed with a good school, we highly encourage you to use the knowledge you gain here to perfect what you are already doing regardless of style . Even some of Sifu Phu Ngo’s students who thought they didn’t need Enter Shaolin since they train with Sifu Phu in person have come to realize what a valuable asset these online lessons are to their offline training.
We hope you find the home you are looking for to learn or perfect your martial arts whether online, offline or a combo of both.
We would love to help you with your goals and endeavors. To learn more about what we have to offer you here at Enter Shaolin, just click here.
Sifu Larry Rivera
& The Enter Shaolin Family