April 15, 2020 Chiara

How To Make Martial Arts Training Videos

Many martial arts instructors believe that online martial arts classes won’t have the same success as traditional classes, martial arts being connected with great skill, deep culture and complex techniques

Our team at Mamma has spent the past weeks researching online classes. What we found was that martial arts training online is one of the most popular classes for home learning. Still there are few (almost non) professional instructors out there, meaning most people won’t find material that actually teaches the unique culture and history of martial arts

In this article our team members have gathered tips for how to make martial arts training videos.  We wish to see more professional instructors make the transition. Let this article be your guide into creating your first online martial arts class!

Create purposeful content

Students that sign up for martial arts training online do so to learn. Put yourself in the shoes of your students, focus on what it is they want and what they will achieve after watching one of your online training videos. 

So, how does teaching martial arts online work? By including a variety of short videos (10-20 minutes) learners stay focused and can take the time they need learning each technique. 

Here are some examples of videos you can include in an online training course

Instructional videos to explain techniques and give advice on how to improve them. Think of questions that might come up in a real class and answer them. There are probably some common mistakes that you’ll want to go through.

Follow along videos are a great way of learning because students can actually do the techniques while they are watching you teach them. When making online martial arts classes show each move slowly or add some slow mo effects to the video. 

Training videos where you show students how to do something. Always explain the thought process behind each action, for example why you should twist your hip while throwing a punch, so students can understand that this will give them more power.

Daily routine videos include exercises that can be done daily to gain balance, strength and coordination. You can also include daily meditation sessions and insight into the culture and history of the martial arts sport you are teaching. 

Filming one video after another without having a clear plan for the outcome will help no one. With that said, you can still go off script and include some own experience to make your martial arts training videos more authentic. 

How to become an online martial arts instructor?

Students have chosen your online training course because they want you to teach tem. So, be yourself. It might sound obvious, but important. Listeners and viewers can tell when you are not being yourself, it can be extremely frustrating to listen to someone talk when pretending to be a sports commentator, rock star or youtube gamer. 

Talk normally, relax and have fun. Allow yourself to make mistakes (even pros make mistakes) the video doesn’t have to be perfect, and it’s definitely not going to be unless you allow yourself to make mistakes.. 

Equipment needed for online instructors

Having the right equipment gives an instructor confidence, better video and sound quality and makes the whole video creating process easier. For new online martial arts instructors buying lots of expensive equipment isn’t very tempting. Luckily there are many great cheap options for both cameras and microphones.

For those who want to invest in a camera, Lumix has a lot of affordable options for cameras that make great videos including Lumix DC-GX800. When buying a camera for filming online martial arts classes, look for cameras that can be good to have an external port for microphones, a flippable screen, so that you can see yourself while filming and an autofocus system that keeps the camera focused on you while you’re moving. 

When filming martial arts training videos, it’s essential to have good sound. There are many affordable options for microphones amongst them for example the Boya BY-M1 a microphone that can be plugged into your camera, costing less than 15 €. Digital Camera World have written an article about the best microphones for film making featuring the Boya By-M1 and many more. 

Once you have the camera and audio equipment you need it’s time to set up the studio. We have listed some steps to help you create a professional looking studio.

How to set up a filming studio for martial arts

  1.  Tidy up your place. Whether you are filming at home or at the gym, make sure to remove everything that doesn’t need to be visible in the video
  2.  Pick a background. Your bedroom wall might do just fine, however, go for something with a bit of colour, a plain, blanc, white wall can be extremely boring to look at.
  3.  Set up lightning. Having good lighting is extremely important and can change the whole mood of the video (one light from above and another light from the front should do the trick). 
  4.  Set up recording equipment. If you have a tripod, great, use it. If not get creativity, some duct tape and furniture. Monitor your camera to get a good angle and make sure your whole body can be seen when making training lessons. 

A tip for making the videos feel like you are looking at the víveres while talking is to align the camera with your eyes when making a video talking and with your chest when making a video showing techniques

There is an urgent need for martial arts training videos made by professionals. Become an instructor and share with students the deep routed culture and history not only the techniques to use it. Our creative team at Mamma have plenty of more help to offer, by signing up to our newsletter you get access to our articles about online teaching, this service is free for all martial artists and fitness instructors!


The Mamma team