Friday, December 11, 2015

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Martial Arts Videos on the Internet - Good or Bad Idea?

IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY!

Lots of martial artists and martial arts schools put out video as a way to advertise what they do and to attract students.

Sometimes it's merely demo, or short commercial-type videos.  Sales pitches, if you will.

Other times it's from a seminar, or a class, and may be more instructional in nature, such as showing how to do a specific technique,

Putting out video for your martial arts school or as a martial arts teacher has its pros and cons.

The pros are visibility for your school, letting potential students see what you do, and if you put out instructional videos, sharing a best practice of what you do with the world.  You control what the video is, so you can put your best foot forward.  It promotes your school, yourself, and your art, so more people can learn about you, and maybe train in what you do.

The cons are that other people may not like what you do and will comment/share it in a negative way, or that people will try to copy your techniques (usually poorly).  Nobody wants to feel like they are "giving their art away", and sometimes it seems as this if this is happening, because there's plenty of people out there with "black belts" from the "YouTube Dojo".  Also, putting videos together can be a lot of work!

So what do you think?  Do the pros outweight the cons for you?  Or have the cons prevented you from putting out your own video?

Are martial arts videos on the internet a good or bad idea?