It is unfortunate that many “martial arts schools” now offer fast-track courses to obtaining your “Black Belt” in 12 months or less. The Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada Branch does not believe in such nonsense and are against any method that solely provides instruction online in any Japanese form of martial art.
Another teaching method exist that combines online and in-person study of martial art. Such a method is widely known in education as “Blended Learning“, and it has proven to be very efficient and effective. Many universities and other schools use blended learning as a hybrid model combining traditional and modern learning methods.
Blended learning is an education program (formal or informal) that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. And this can of course be applied to learning Japanese Martial Arts if it is done the right way. Our head instructor Dr. Chris de Feijter is a certified teacher in regular education as well as online education and has quite some experience teaching online and offline, from teaching children how to print to teaching adults how to throw a bo-shuriken.
In a country as large as Canada, with distances between schools and students that are too large to overcome for weekly training, our Blended Learning provides excellent opportunities to continue your learning. You do not have to rely on a series of videos as done on other websites only. Each online session is live often by yourself or sometimes with another Blended Learning student. supplemented by reviewing your lesson recording.
Combining online and offline study is very simple as we offer three three ways to get started. Any of these is equal in quality and rigour.
Participants require at least a 10mbs Internet connection, as well as a high quality webcam and larger screen. We have had participants attend online sessions through their smart phone, however it is difficult for the participant to see their instructor provide recommendations. An iPad or larger tablet will also work, as long as the camera is not obstructed. The recommended external webcam is the Logitech C920, available on Amazon.ca for about $65.We use professional online collaboration systems including Zoom.us Pro combined with a set up of two or three webcams to provide several webcam angles for optimum learning.
The above video explains our Blended Learning model quite well, however, it is important to summarize some of the principles, starting with the most important: Distance Learning is only available if no other option exist for you to learn Meifu Shinkage Ryu in your area. It cannot be the sole form instruction to you, hence our Blended Learning Model. Continued,
- We provide in-depth training, not an Accelerated Black Belt Course.
- Student work as hard as our regular in-dojo members.
- If you give up fast, look elsewhere!
- Minimum 18 years of age.
- Participants have a clear criminal record.
- Mandatory in-person attendance of at least one of our seminars per calendar year, or train in another MSR Canada Branch affiliated group, or training in Japan.
- Fast Internet & high end Webcam (Logitech C920 or C922 is highly recommended).
- Every distance session is recorded for continued review at a later time.
- Several webcams are used to provide different viewing angles.
If you think you are ready to commit to Distance Learning for Meifu Shinkage Ryu with the MSR Canada Branch Chief (Dr. Chris de Feijter), please know that it will be hard and enjoyable work! Here are the commitments:
- You train by yourself at least twice per week for minimum 45 minutes;
- You build your own target following one of our instruction videos (cost between CAD 40 and CAD 100);
- You acquire official MSR training tools (initial cost around CAD 150);
- You commit to one-hour private Distance Learning sessions per Month at the training fee of CAD 40 per session;
- You commit to paying the MSR Honbu membership fee to Japan (through us, CAD 76 per 6 months).
- You commit to in-person training sessions in any Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada Branch School when the option emerges for you.
Still Interested? Please complete the application form below to get started. We are eager to become part of your MSR Learning path!