How to Learn Martial Arts from a Video


Hey. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com. If you watch a lot of martial arts videos,
then you’re probably a lot like me—lonely. You’re also probably a student. A student trying to learn and improve yourself
any way you can. I get that. The question is can you really learn martial
arts from a video? Well, yes. I think you can. But there’s a wrong way to do it, and a
right way. So, today, let me give you a tip to make sure
you’re doing it the right way. First off, let’s be honest– you will never,
ever become a great martial artist just from watching videos. Even if they’re really good videos like the
ones with my friend Shane over at FightTIPS. I wonder what his hair looks like this week. To become a great martial artist, you’re going
to need a real-life teacher and some real-life training partners. Especially training partners. Yes, getting in shape and practicing on your
own is important, but there is a lot more to martial arts than just jogging, lifting
weights, or hitting a bag. Martial arts is about controlling yourself
while someone else is trying to control you. So, get out of the basement, get out of the
bedroom, and go make some friends. Okay. Back to the videos. Videos are a gold mine of information and
inspiration. It’s a tool that no other generation of
martial artists has ever had access too. But here’s the wrong way to access it. Let’s say you want to learn how to escape
a rear naked choke. Okay. So, you do a search. You find a video. You watch it. You learn something. Now you watch another video. And another. And another. And another. Suddenly, it’s four in the morning, you’re
halfway through a bag of chips, and somehow you’re listening to the isolated vocal track
from Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman. Man… girl can sing. Been there, done that. Look—watching videos is more addictive than
heroin. The problem is after a six hour video bender,
that tip you found in the first five minutes has been wiped from your brain. You end up crashing into bed no smarter and
no better than you were when you started your search. So, here’s my tip. The first video you find that makes you say,
“Ah, that’s cool,” stop. Put down the chips, get up, and go try it. Yes, even if you’re watching one of my videos. As soon as you see something that makes you
say, “Ah,” get up and do whatever it is you’re supposed to do. If you have a training partner, great. If you have a training dummy like Julio over
here, great. If you don’t, do it on a pillow. Or in the air. Do what you have to do. But here’s the important thing. The secret to learning martial arts from a
video is to turn viewing into doing. The goal is to have a new experience. But that doesn’t happen in a chair. It happens on your feet. Look, the only reason a teacher makes a video
is to help you get better. And I presume the only reason you watch a
martial arts video is to get better. But if you don’t get up and practice what
you see in the video right after you learn it, then I fail as a teacher and you fail
as a student. So, ask a question, find an answer, turn viewing
into doing, and have an experience. And then you’ll have a chance at making yourself better as a martial artist. And don’t worry— you’ll still have plenty
of time to watch Ariana Grande. If you liked this tip, don’t forget to hit
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I welcome you to find the link to get on my free email update list. Until next time, go throw 10 punches. Right now, 10 punches. Then keep fighting for a happy life.

100 thoughts on “How to Learn Martial Arts from a Video

  1. what is the sceduld to learn at home?
    practice puching then the next day kicking or do to same thing?
    please reply

  2. I've only seen like two or three videos of you but they are great, you are actually funny! Greatings from México

  3. I want to join martial arts but I am anti social and have no time to go to a class. It seems easier watching videos and trying them out.

  4. Ando Mierzwa I used to create gifs out of youtube videos that had instructions about striking, blocking, dodging and so. For grappling I used to cut photos together and put them in a single picture for each technique ( for example : the armbar from the guard, rear naked choke and so on). I also did exercises to get in shape ( like push ups, running in place, pull ups and bodyweight stuff like that.) After I put everything in a folder in my phone, I went and practised it at the playground, after 2 months I started my MMA training at a gym and I can tell online videos are very useful and I thank you.

  5. Truly it's not easy especially when you don't have mirrors. I was lucky to have it for I'm training my katas from video's….before wi went for shodan , so the Sensei and i facing the same direction. Self discipline very import aswell to motivate one self …hardest part. once you get up and get started you already feeling proud of yourself …even if you get only the 4 first moves right and tri it without the video it a wonderful progress ! Oss Sensei !!!

  6. If you watch videos , never watch Rocky to learn how to fight ……….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRrIZCKg_2M
    A real human would be just after few hits nearly dead , the stories in the movies are good but the fights are like no real boxer would fight ……. they use no defense .

  7. Thanks for the inspiration. I was searching online "How to learn Judo at home " and a site told me to make sure I have at least 200m of space and a lot more.

  8. Holy Flyer kicks! This guy gives out more nuggets than Burger King, and they sell em 10 for a buck! "Martial arts is about controlling yourself while someone else is trying to control you", "turn viewing into doing", "don't be a mountain, be an avalanche" my god! To top it all off, after the video i threw my 10 punches and knocked out my mom, thanks you Sensei, you're the best!

  9. FRIENDSHIP IS LAMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -EroldStory
    sniff his quotes are so true sniff 😭

  10. Great advice Sifu! 🙂 Also, thanks for the comedy – you seem to have mastered this as well as martial arts 😉 Cheers, Sifu Ruis.

  11. How to train on my own for 6 years now after quitting the dojo and Taekwondo a butt up to red boat in the in I also got black belt in karate and still been training on my own but sometimes when getting front confrontation attend to freeze when in a real fight but I did good in the dojo but when always left my mind would freeze up like can't move in a street fight.How can I prevent that of happening?

  12. I want to learn self defense but there is no dojo or martial arts school nearby my house. I don't have a friend in my house or anybody to practice with. can you suggest what should I do?

  13. Yo I just found this video, and I really know that you are an expert Youtube watcher, cause you are so right. Really cool video tho, your channel looks really interesting, so, hope I won't keep watching cat videos or some stuff like that lol

  14. Some tips on how to design training programs and training sesions of martial arts, and programing your learning, to practice alone?

  15. It hasn’t been wiped from your memory folks. It’s been stored in your subconscious. Unless of course you take it seriously like any study. And practice it. Then it’s like second nature.

  16. It is really appreciated that you answer to all your comments. It makes me feel that there's a real human being behind the screen. Greetings from Montreal.

  17. i'm really eating chips while watching this video haha i practice boxing by the eay since 2009 and i'm 15 yrs old dont worry i'm shape to eat chip hahah

  18. Writing things down might help too. Even when training with an actual instructor. I saw that once when training with a teacher who was visiting from another country, during a break some people were writing down things. I was being lazy watching them write down things. Of course there's always the possibility that you forget the video and forget your notes till they turn yellow and get eaten by bugs….

  19. Hello sir i watched ur video and it is awesome , but i am beginner i have no basic knowledge of it so can u plz tell me what should i do as a starter or what should i learn first … Plz tell me …

  20. you had me pegged, right up to the music statement, then ya lost me. I'm glad to hear what you said, I agree. In fact I learned my most favorite and most used technique during training rolls from a video. I always have a note book close at hand at all time, especially at night while I watch videos. I jot down pages of notes all the time.

  21. Good tip sensei!But what if we don't have the money to pay a martial arts teacher and also a partner???

  22. sensei can you help me with splits this hopeless kid dreams them. PS help me. don't mind the profile pic that's my dad.

  23. yes of course and I am following all the tips that you gave. still I feel splits are just a dream for me.

  24. who saids you cant do it by watching you tube? I was a traditional Shorin Ryu Karateka until I started watching Chosen Ninja, now I'm a Ninja I climb on the rooftop of my house and I jump form roof top to roof top in my suburban neighborhood stealing mangos and oranges from my neighbors backyards down here in Rainy Florida.

  25. I actually learn Boxing from videos and how to sidekick an front kick. An I'm not bad considering I knock a guy to the ground with just one punch. I actually had help from my bro who was helping me with my pad work. You are right I trained a 1 hr 4-5 times a week that's how I got to be a decent boxer.

  26. It's just like learning from manuals, put together a team, study the source, practice the material with a partner, have others check your form, change up Partners & Roles, Rinse & Repeat till you have it down then start over with something new.

  27. A good way to learn martial arts fro a video is to avoi Shane Fazen and his Fight Tips and not at all watch them and learn from that idiot. He is such a fake and basically all of his training was from copying other youtube videos and thats why "He will never and has never became a great martial artist."

    Get a clue dude. I swear the martial arts youtube community is full of retards.

  28. No question at all…no one could get bored with your videos. I just love you Ando!!

    I gave my tae kwon do (sp) instructor for my first time ever sparring experience, in full gear, a black eye. She was a 4th degree black belt, me, a lowly red belt training to be an instructor…assistant. She was not happy at all but why did she run to the office like she couldn't take an accidental light mistake punch to the left eye? Why didn't she block? She knew I was needing to be on a shorter leash? I felt so bad and had no idea what all the students thought. Not cool at all…thought I'd share?

  29. Question, can I do 10 punches with one arm holding chips with the other arm? You know then switch? Anyway good advice keep the technique while it's fresh in your mind and then practice it thank you Ando

  30. I have a question for you? I want to learn martial arts and a whole lot of different kinds of martial arts. I have always wanted to but could never do so because either some places were to expensive and there were no places I could learn a certain kind of martial art around were I live. So really I don’t know what to do. Could you give me some advice on this?

  31. You can learn martial arts I watching a video like if it's a training video and the instructure telling you what to do step by step.

  32. Is it ok to spar bare knuckle?Becuase me and my friend micah spar bare knuckle becuase we dont have any boxing or mma gloves.

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