Hello everyone, my name is Hal. A lifelong sports participant and fan, the spiritual aspects of martial arts have always intrigued me.
Tips For Learning Ninjutsu Online
There is a lot of debate on whether or not choosing to learn Ninjutsu online is a valid way to master the art.
Since everything seems to be on the internet these days, and you don't have to worry about driving long distances to your dojo, or feeling self-conscious while learning around other students.
You are also able to take your lesson plan wherever you go, so you can take your favorite portable electronic device and learn wherever and whenever the mood suits you.
While the ease of access and free scheduling is a plus, many people who choose the online route don't learn concepts correctly, or risk being swindled out of their money.
This article will explore a few pros and cons of learning Ninjutsu online.
The Pros of Learning Ninjutsu Online
Online Ninjutsu Lessons Are Easier to Access
There Are No Schedules
Since online classes don't have particular time-frames, you won't have to arrange your studies around work, school, or family.
You Can Move at Your Own Pace
Online lessons are often recorded videos, so you can play and replay them as much as you want instead of learning at the pace of other students. You can move forward quickly with concepts that you grasp faster, or slow down if needed to review concepts you don't understand as well.
Online Courses Are Easy to Access
Since many people have the internet nowadays, you aren't forced to look for long distance instructors. There currently aren't a lot of schools established for teaching Ninjutsu, so it may be much easier to use online courses instead of traveling far distances or relocating to learn the art.
However, a dedicated student will eventually need to travel for more advanced lessons or to achieve higher ranking belts.
The Cons of Learning Ninjutsu Online
Any Online Ninjutsu Course Is a Risk
As with many other online courses, learning Ninjutsu online can be difficult if you don't know how reputable your instructor is.
Many of the paid courses are a shot in the dark at first, since you may not know how qualified or successful your instructor is. Take extra time to find reviews and complaints about any courses you are considering.
There Is No One to Correct You or Practice with You
Since Ninjutsu is often a martial art that requires someone to spar with, you are at a disadvantage unless you have someone to learn and practice with. The practical use of different fighting styles and weaponry can be lost if you don't have anyone to work with. It's sometimes best to recruit a friend to learn with you.
What to Remember About Online Ninjutsu
Be Wary of "Free" Ninjutsu Lessons
Ninjutsu has a rich history and anyone who wishes to master modern Ninjutsu is in for an exciting and life-changing experience. However, not everyone has a school nearby where they can study this powerful martial art. For many, online courses are the only opportunity to learn Ninjutsu.
What makes a particular online source better than others? Often, some online courses offer sample introductory videos. It is important to remember that you are looking for courses that are complete, understandable, and reasonably priced. Also, consider your personal opinion of the video and instructor, some people will be more comfortable learning in certain ways.
Surely you've seen ads for free Ninjutsu lessons online. While they may seem appealing, they are most likely a waste of time. These videos often have little real information and are usually selling something.
Many aspects of Ninjutsu make concepts more difficult to learn on the internet, but it is still possible. Concepts in defensive and offensive fighting, stealth, and weaponry are common ideas that can be easily communicated online.
The Importance of Course Thoroughness
Some Ninjutsu Courses Are Lacking in Depth
It's important to gain usable and practical knowledge from online courses you pick. Try to find an online course training that builds on knowledge from previous videos and uses a mostly linear teaching fashion.
People who are truly dedicated to Ninjutsu want to gain as much knowledge as possible instead of dabbling in basic concepts. Since this is a martial art known to take years for mastery, the training you receive needs to be complete and correct from the start. If you want to study online, make certain your training covers all aspects of the art.
Most basic concepts include the use of the Ninjutsu uniform, belt ranks, and fighting postures. Once you have learned these beginning concepts, you will be ready to move on to the more advanced stages. Making sure to take some time in the basics will ensure you will have continued success in the future.
If you want to focus on particular aspects, like weapons training or spiritual enlightenment, you can look for specialized courses to help you in those areas only. However, most people benefit the greatest from an all-around training regiment.
Ninjutsu can be difficult to learn online, but it's possible. Just remember that what you put into it is what you're going to get out of it.
If you are committed, then you will be successful!
© 2012 Hal Gall
halloweenprops on December 16, 2012:
I had a strong fascination with ninjutsu when I was a kid.
Hal Gall (author) from Bloomington, IN on October 01, 2012:
@junecampbell: I like Tai Chi as well. It is good exercise without having to work up too much of a sweat. Thanks for the visit!
June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 30, 2012:
I have never heard of ninjutsu until now. Thanks for the explanation. There are so many types of martial arts. I will stick with Tai Chi. :-)