I love martial arts books and videos. They are a lot of fun to read and watch, and are readily available in book stores and on the internet. Some martial artists say things like, “You can’t learn martial arts from books,” or “Videos are no substitute for an actual school,” and I would generally agree. However, I believe that these statements are referring to cases in which the books or videos are the ONLY methods of learning being used. By themselves, books and videos are practically useless. When the viewer or reader has access to an actual dojo or training area, with dedicated training partners, the books and videos become invaluable SUPPLEMENTARY training tools.
Besides learning new techniques, I find that reading books or watching videos at home makes me more excited to get back on the mats; it helps to cultivate a real passion for the arts.
On that note, I am excited to announce a new feature to our members section of the website, the “Technique of the week.” Videos will be posted each week with useful tips to help our students keep learning even outside of the school!