- How far from a fire hydrant are you allowed to park?
- If approaching a stopped school bus in the opposite lane, when is it OK to continue without stopping?
- How many girls can you have in the front seat when trolling McDonalds on a Friday night?
I’m not sure that last question is on every exam. Should be.
There are many elements of driving that one can learn; one must learn, from reading a book. Written and verbal instructions can be very useful in the mastery of almost any subject. But, is it possible to learn martial arts from the internet?
Sure. Absolutely, No problem.
It is no more possible to learn Karate, Judo, or Kung Foo from the Internet, than it is to learn swimming, acting, or driving. Yes, there are some concepts you can reinforce - but to understand any martial art, you need a qualified instructor, and other practitioners with whom to study.
Wait, stop, hold on just a minute. Isn’t this entire web site a monument to Internet-based martial arts training? I am the first person to say that having Tang Soo Do written down, step by step, is very useful. I’ve had countless Black Belts say they use the material here when they have a question.
But no amount of written description, no clever sketches, or photos, or even videos can tell you that your fist is too loose, your stance too high, or that you can do the form one more time.
An instructor can tell you that you a telegraphing your kicks - that’s why you always get blocked. You may think (swearing to the great God of Spinal Surgeons) that your back is straight, but a good instructor will help you to “feel” when you are correctly upright.
You might break a board on the first try without individual supervision, but the “downside risk” of getting it wrong could be quite serious.
I hope you read, enjoy, and get great value from this and other web sites. But... always listen to your instructor. Find a good one, follow their direction, and use the written material (and videos) to reinforce their lessons.