I remember the go to advice 10 - 20 years ago for any type of skilled, physical training, that it had to be learned in person under somebody with experience. Any form of media was highly scrutinized as being material that can only be supplemental to actual training, and useless if you didn't have a firm grasp on the basics of whatever you were trying to learn. The internet and how to share information was also far inferior than it is today. There are entire degrees that can be taken online, all kinds of certifications that transfer to real world job skills, and you can even earn a living entirely online without ever having to see the people you're talking to or instructing. I think our skill set in sharing, processing, and using information is far superior than it was when I was a teen just coming onto the site. I'm still not sure that means you can skip out on some forms of in person training. You'll never know how to use a jab and all its variations correctly without various different opponents all trying to dodge and hit you. It doesn't matter how many times you hit a bag, double end bag, or speed bag. It's not a person. But are we at a point where we can relay technical information sufficiently enough that somebody learning from an online martial arts or self defense course can have confidence in themselves through online training? Maybe not so much where physical contact is involved, but rather situational awareness, tactical scenarios, maybe even teaching how to dull feelings of fear from an adrenaline rush through a VR system? Interested to hear people's thoughts on the subject.