Martial Arts Home Study Information
BlackBeltDL is the only site on the Internet focused on martial arts home study courses. We do not sell or promote any particular product, but rather offer impartial information for the prospective student.
As of today, there are 48 programs listed.
Can you really earn a black belt at home? A qualified yes.
"Home study courses are bullshido!" It's worth understanding the critics' point of view.
A checklist for evaluating program and red flags to avoid.
Information, links, and reviews for every black belt distance learning program available.
Questions to ask and information to gather before signing up.
Frequently (and Infrequently) Asked Questions
Forums and other sites you may enjoy.
The author's story of black belt distance learning
Criticism, feedback, corrections, student stories, and friendly chatter is welcome.
Opinions, News, and Commentary
Feb 19, 2013 by Admin
Geoff Johnson has eliminated the testing fees in his Kenpo Karate Program, and I’ve updated the entry. A great program is now even...
Aug 28, 2012 by Admin
Besides some of the great programs here, I also list some of the…less great. Added more today…
Hung Sing – a British school offering Choy Li Fut. Might be a fine school but had...
Aug 15, 2012 by Admin
When I started BBDL, we had about 20 programs listed. Now we’re up to 42 with a pile more on my queue. I hope you enjoy these updates:
Wing Lam Kung Fu - a big martial arts business that...
Aug 13, 2012 by Admin
I had an email from someone asking why I focus on testing/ranking/promotion programs, as opposed to general martial arts home study.
His points were:
There’s a lot of good instructional...
I keep thinking that I’m going to run out of programs to list here, but there appears to be no end in sight. I have a list and have been moving good programs to the top so they get listed here...
Aug 10, 2012 by Admin
Making the Most of Martial Arts Home Study
by Sixto Lopez
I don’t mind taking one for the team when it’s only $1.95. And take one for the team I did with this pamphlet.
Aug 9, 2012 by Admin
Most martial arts distance learning programs are distributed either via Internet video or by DVD-R.
DVD-Rs are made with burners in a desktop or laptop computer. They’re not as reliable...
"Of those who start TaeKwonDo training, only about 5% stick with it until they achieve the Black Belt Rank. Then perhaps 80% of those who earn a Black stop there."
Duk Sung Son