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Alumnus is First to Teach Martial Arts Online

Black Belt earns new title as 'Digital Master' National University alumnus Dave Johnson (Global MBA, 2000) is recognized worldwide as one the foremost experts in unarmed self-defense. He is a highly accomplished and decorated martial arts expert.

Jun 21, 2000

Black Belt earns new title as 'Digital Master'


National University alumnus Dave Johnson (Global MBA, 2000) is recognized worldwide as one the foremost experts in unarmed self-defense. He is a highly accomplished and decorated martial arts expert.

Dave is ranked as a Master of Sei Ei Do, Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. He has earned Double Gold Medals in state competition and has competed nationally, winning a National Silver Medal. He appeared on the January 1996 cover of Inside Taekwondo Magazine.  He was also inducted into the "World Martial Arts Hall of Fame" the same year and was named the "Male Master Instructor of the Year."

Now Dave has added a new title: "The Digital Master." The 9th Degree Black Belt, who knew nothing about computers or technology before he enrolled at National University, says he will soon be the first to offer martial arts instruction online.  An instructional web site that he designed is scheduled for roll-out at the end of November.

"This is historic," Dave exclaimed. "No one's ever done this before. We live in a digital era now where we can shop online, we can attend college courses and earn degrees online. So why not earn a Black Belt online?"

The whole notion was developed while Dave was a graduate student. "I did my Master's Thesis on the concept and earned highest honors from my professor at National University," he said. "Now, five years later, I'm ready to introduce it to the world."

Dave said "The concept was clear when I asked myself, 'What could I do with 45 years of martial arts experience and a Global MBA?' Now my nickname is 'The Digital Master.'  National University made it all possible. Their one-class-a-month format allowed a busy guy like me to return to school and get my degree."

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