Is it possible to learn taekwondo online?
Three years ago I would have said no way. But with the advancement in technology available to people all over the globe, I’m reconsidering that it just may be possible to learn taekwondo online.
We are a very visual society. That’s why YouTube is one of the most successful websites in existence and why Google bought them. We have become very used to watching video for entertainment and education. Long distance learning has become more popular with college degrees available online for students who are motivated enough to do the work necessary to earn the degree.
I ask you, why should martial arts be any different? Can instructors create taekwondo video learning for their students? Of course they can. It’s possible to stream live video of anything, which means an instructor can hold weekly classes for online students of the martial arts, effectively providing the opportunity for any student to…
learn taekwondo online.
This opens doors for students who can’t or won’t leave home but still want to study. Some students live too remotely to be able to find or attend a martial arts school on a regular basis. And it’s regular study of martial arts that is critical to advancement and thus the whole notion to learn taekwondo online.
Should an instructor be awarding a black belt without ever meeting a student face-to face?
Can a student video of a test provide the necessary feedback for the instructor?
Should instructors adapt to the times and begin taking on long distance students in the attempt to serve the greater good?
And that greater good is–the teaching or martial arts and taekwon do education to as many students who are willing and able to learn. Spreading the tenets of taekwondo or budo throughout the universe is important work and students come in all shapes, sizes, ages and maybe even distances.
All good questions that we in the martial arts community should be considering in the 21st century. We have to adapt to our times to meet our students’ needs which may very well include providing effective means for our students to learn taekwondo online. It’s not going to be easy and there will be plenty of bugs to work out. But the question remains.
Can you learn taekwondo online?
Let’s talk it over…