|Ages 6 and Up
(IMA) offers online martial arts courses which include web-based
instructional videos, training, monitoring, and an online belt
testing program for individuals age 6 (beginner friendly) and older.
Students can train on their own schedule, and train anywhere while
having access to instructor feedback—it's the cyber martial arts
I started the Yellow Belt Program. This 4-month
program includes fundamentals such as Forms, Basics 1, and
Combinations. Students work through this belt by following the steps
- Students start by watching the Quick Start
Guide videos. Note that when material in the video
corresponds to information on the site, the
appropriate links are included below the videos. I
like this. I like seeing and reading
important information, whenever possible.
- Reading through the training guides. These are
broken up into units that match the training
milestones—the structure and presentation make
- Following the class routine. Classes should
include a thorough warm up and then a comprehensive
review of the IMA curriculum, including Basics,
Forms and Combinations. I appreciate being reminded
to warm up. I tend to not do this on my own.
- Warm Ups
- Basics 1 – these include fundamental blocks,
strikes, and kicks.
- Forms – these are choreographed routines
combining movement and techniques.
- Combinations –these are linear fighting
combinations, which combine punching and kicking.
- Reviewing all instructional videos several
times and then practicing the movements
slowly, constantly comparing student execution with
the execution shown in the videos (doing exercises
in front of a full length mirror is pretty
important). The site contains a wealth of visual,
audio, and written material pertaining to the
execution of each technique and exercise, which
helps students make adjustments as necessary.
- I appreciate Sensei's 7 Keys to
Success—Attendance, Focus, Effort, Discipline,
Patience & Perseverance, Positive, "I CAN" attitude,
- Student log in and out times, as well as video
viewing history are recorded to monitor level of
- Students should update the Student Notes
section after every workout and training session.
- Periodically, in the Tips and Other Information
section, students receive achievement badges and
bonus content based on accumulated viewing time
milestones (this encourages kids to stay on
track—which is a plus--the more effort and time
students put in, the sooner they receive bonus
- As mentioned previously, the IMA program allows
for access to an instructor for questions on
curriculum and other related topics.
- Toward the end of the program, students are
asked to submit a video. A tutorial on how to
prepare the video and what to record is available at
the beginning of the fourth month. Students load
everything through the student interface directly to IMA. IMA evaluates the video, posts the results, and
upon successful completion, mails the new belt and
A video is worth a thousand words—so you can view a video of the
Not only can individual homeschoolers use this
program—but it also works well in a co-op or support group setting:
Mentors are given materials and videos
on how to successfully administer the program.
There is a separate mentor portal that
allows the person supervising a group of children the
ability to run group sessions or classes.
Students and mentors have access to IMA
instructors for support and questions regarding training and
Each student marked present for the
lesson receives viewing credit for all videos viewed during
the group session, the time is added to their individual
The mentor has access to all student
accounts to view activity and level of participation of each
Parents have access to view their
children's profile to make sure they are always aware of
where their child is at in the program.
- All group practices should are followed by discussion
What do I like about this cyber program?
- It's convenient. You can do it anytime and anywhere.
- It's great for homeschooling P.E.
- The entire family can do it together.
- It's versatile—individual families can do it, or groups
can do it.
- It's very thorough.
- In addition to the martial arts, this cyber program
teaches life skills (for instance, the Sensei's 7 Keys to
- Last but not least—kids want to do it—and they enjoy
Want to know more about the Sensei? You can visit the website at