Even though many of us are currently under lockdown because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, that doesn’t mean you have sit inside bored and binge streaming entertainment all day. There’s a surprising quantity of quality things you can do online with this time to help improve your “future me.” In fact, because I’ve worked full-time during much of my adventures, doing online learning has been incredibly helpful for me. Because of this, I thought it would be for you, too. Not only can you work at your own pace, but you get to learn more things than if you were only doing things in-person.
Of course there is certainly an incredible list of things you do online besides streaming and games. However, I want to pass along some of the highlights from my journey to help guide your choices.
Some people give Krav Maga a bad rap because you don’t spar the same way that you do in other martial arts, but if you’ve never learned how to punch or kick or defend yourself, Krav Maga is an excellent place to start. I recommend Krav Maga because it is mostly defensive and will help you get yourself out of a potential bad situation in the future.
Impact Krav Maga is a studio out of San Diego that has a great online academy that covers the first three of ten belts’ techniques. https://www.impactkravmagaonline.com/
Once you finish up their program, head over to Krav Maga Global and check out their Max Online program. This is a huge amount of content (and is $$$ if you go over the trial) but covers all ten belts’ techniques plus the black belt techniques. https://www.maxkravmaga.com/
Learning medicine online might seem a little weird, but most intro level classes are information heavy (as opposed to procedure heavy), so there are some really good options out there. I recommend learning a bit of basic medicine and first aid because it has helped me, my friends, and my family countless times in a variety of situations.
For traditional herbal remedies that you can learn to make at home, check out The Human Path at https://thehumanpath.net/. It’s a different way of looking at medicine and will change your view of food.
If you ever wanted to learn military style battle medicine, check out the Tactical Combat Causality Care (TCCC) course. This isn’t a course per se so much as all the slides and instructor notes. But, you’ll learn to how to use tourniquets and deal with active shooter injuries. Do the All Combatants (AC) version for that guy. https://www.naemt.org/education/naemt-tccc/tccc-ac-guidelines-and-curriculum
If you want to get even more serious, you can do a huge portion of an Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) online, but you’ll need two weeks in-person to finish the course by doing your practicals and rotations. Check out https://www.emtfiretraining.com/emt-b-course.php
If I had never figured out how to organize my life, I wouldn’t have traveled so much, finished so many physical events, or become who I am. Yes, this sounds like a weird category, but trust me on this, organization is key. These aren’t courses, but are actionable books you can read that both changed my life and I think they may help change yours, too.
Possibly the most important book I’ve ever read is Getting Things Done by David Allen. I know a book about to-do lists sounds really boring, but trust me on this, if you master the skill of organizing the various aspects of your life, all of your dreams and goals will fall into place. I mean, how else are you going to accomplish that huge awesome goal you have if you can’t track the little things you have to do to get there? Trust me. Drop what you’re doing and read this.
The other book I recommend, especially since you’re locked inside right now, is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. If you’ve watched her Netflix show, you got a glimpse into her method. But seriously, having less things in your life allows you to focus your mental energy and finances on the things that are really important to you. You may never get an opportunity like this lockdown again to clear and declutter your place. Plus, the renewed focus on what you do care about, combined with some Getting Things Done, is going to get you laser focused on your goals coming out of this.
That’s it for now folks, stay safe and keep your distance out there. I’m going to be re-Marie-Kondoing my place myself here right now.