We’re on a journey to teach the world and we could use your help. Online learning has come of age and FUGU is the leading interactive education engine, built from the ground up to deliver immersive courses on real life topics.
Why are we raising funds?
FUGU has a state-of-the art platform, a powerful educational model, and raving fans! But we need more content on the things you care about. A lot more content. To accomplish that will require adding a video studio and the production capabilities necessary to create top quality courses 24/7. We want to build a library of singular educational material, a curriculum of topics designed to make you the best you can be in the things that matter to you most. In short, to create the First Ultimate Global University as an online destination where people from around the world go to learn and get certified on subjects as diverse and important as health, relationships, pets, art, dance, sports and more.
We also want your input on what you'd like to see. Let us know what topics are important to you, what would make you better at your chosen activities, your sports, your job, your relationships, your life.
Learning is a lifelong endeavor and our goal is to be with you the entire way.
The FUGU Learning Model
Learn Anything and Everything
We’ve launched FUGU.com (the First Ultimate Global University) as an online destination featuring interactive courses and certifications taught by top Subject Experts on Sports, Art, Dance, Business, Health, Wealth, Pets, Faith, Crafts – the Life Topics that people take part in every day. Imagine earning a certificate in Advanced Racquetball from a hall-of-fame coach, taking Competitive Skimboard lessons from a world champion, having a private video training session with a world famous martial artist, asking legal questions directly to professors from a major law school, or taking an interactive course in Advanced Dating from a famous relationship coach. We’ve taken the paradigms of traditional eLearning and translated them to the consumer world while putting the interaction and engagement level on turbo boost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a FUGU?
Our acronym, FUGU, stands for First Ultimate Global University. It also represents our mascot, the fugu. A fugu is a puffer fish that is not necessarily the fastest, strongest, toughest or even the smartest fish out there. It swims in waters with much bigger predators. But over time the fugu has learned real-world skills that allow it to identify threats and opportunities. At the first hint of danger or reward the fugu knows just what to do to maximize its abilities. It has learned how to not only survive but to thrive. That makes sense given the stakes. It is also the philosophy behind FUGU; hands-on, real-world, immersive education of the highest quality.
How far along is FUGU?
FUGU has been in business for more than 5 years. During that time we have focused primarily on our partner satellite schools such as Gracie University, Gracie Bullyproof, ACTCert and others. Through those schools we've established an educational model and learning platform that is highly effective in teaching and validating practical skills. Now we are returning focus to our primary passion, FUGU.com. This is where we can have a significant impact on society, where we can teach people the skills that will allow them to maximize the success in their lives.
It is difficult for a company such as FUGU to get traditional funding. Since our content is professionally produced and features top Subject Experts it is not the type of massively scalable portal that Venture Capital firms and Investment Banks target. Instead it is closer to a specialized global channel that brings great value to the affinity groups that access it. With crowdfunding we get the opportunity to join forces with the students to create the exact kind of educational destination they would most like. We consider ourselves partners with our students with a symbiotic goal of creating the best interactive learning experience possible.
How will you use the funding?
There are two major areas that FUGU needs to dedicate resources to in order for the University to reach its full potential: 1) adding significantly more courses and 2) connecting with students. The majority of the funds raised will be used to create a library of interactive courses, lessons and certifications in unique topics not offered anywhere else. Some of the funds will also be dedicated to getting the word out so that potential students know of the learning opportunity and the FUGU family grows into an active educational community.
How is FUGU different from other eLearning sites?
Most eLearning sites and courses were created from the perspective of the instructor with dry, often text based learning. They usually cover the same topics that have been covered a hundred times before. They limit themselves by their own preconceived ideas of what is possible with online education. Other sites offer simple tips and training videos usually produced by amateurs or sometimes by a professional but with the goal of selling something else. FUGU was built from the ground up with the objective of giving students in-depth, long-form instruction and a fully interactive, engaging experience on topics they care about, taught by the premier experts, and accessible when, how, and where they want it. The Subject Experts that work with FUGU would never offer their knowledge on open video streaming sites as their knowledge has tangible value that is made even greater with the addition of interactive tools and progress tracking. They may offer small samples or clips but never a full course.
What if I know of a Subject Expert that would make a great Instructor?
We're always looking for top Subject Experts to partner with. If you know of someone that would make for a great addition to the FUGU Instructor family, please let us know. We'll get in touch with them to see if there is a fit.
What if there is a topic I'd really like to learn?
Our goal has always been to create education on the topics our audience cares about. If you have a topic that you think would be valuable for you and others, drop us a note and we'll explore the possibilities.
What type of curriculum are you building?
We like to call them "Life Topics". These are the types of subjects that people are involved in every day. It can be a sport, hobby, activity or anything affecting mind, body or soul. In each case, FUGU features top experts in the subject and the courses are designed to increase the student's skill level to the maximum extent possible.
How can I participate in the revolution?
We'd love for you to be a part of FUGU in whatever way you can. See if we have a course that interests you, or let us know if there is a Subject Expert or Topic you would like to see. If you're in a position to donate to the Crowdfunding campaign, hey, we like that too! Be sure to check out the rewards for the different levels of donations.
Unparalleled Content, Quality,
FUGU lessons seamlessly incorporate professionally produced video, interactive slides, printouts, moderated forums, peer chat, progress tracking, dynamic and video based testing, private training, PC and mobile delivery, Social Media integration and much more. The back-end includes robust admin and instructor tools and reporting.
Professionally Produced Video
The FUGUVision player is designed for ease-of-use with the ability for students to dig deeper as they see fit. It uses high quality video delivered from dedicated media servers and features communication tools as well as controls for pausing, scrolling, and jumping from chapter to chapter.
Each lesson chapter is supported by animated and interactive slides.
A printable pdf of key points and concepts accompanies every lesson.
Dynamic and Video Based Testing
Many of the courses offer the ability to test and get certified in the topic.
You may have heard of FUGU as the company that partnered with the world famous Gracie family on the ground-breaking GracieUniversity.com that revolutionized Martial Arts instruction and its sister site GracieKids.com which has done the same for Child Bully Proofing.
You may have also read about ACTCert.com which is our online university to help Law Enforcement and First Responders learn the latest techniques for dealing with threats, MonkeyBarGymUniversity.com which issues Certificates of Natural Training and CosmetologyU.com which gives CE credits for Hairstylists and manicurists.
Each of these are specialized online schools that use the FUGU platform to reach a targeted global audience.
What We've Accomplished So Far
FUGU Accomplishments Include:
- 6 partner universities, 4 more in development
- 39 courses with 380 individual lessons
- Over 350,000 viewed lessons
- 100,000 Registered Students
- 5.5 million minutes of content viewed
Where our students come from:
I love your learning platform... don't know how long this has been out, but it will be big. I've working in the online university space as an executive and consultant for many years and not even the multi-million/billion dollar for profit schools have a LMS this interactive. Excellent job, very impressive!
Nathan (Multiple Courses)
you for creating EXACTLY what I have needed and wanted!
Jeremiah (Student at Gracie University)
I'm telling all my
Glen (Baseball Skills Workshop)
The quality, conciseness
and content of the training is excellent.
Gary (Business Strategy)
I recently started
the blue belt qualification program with a friend from my local BJJ school and
have to say the level of instruction and detail are amazing. It’s even better
than actual live class, I find myself understanding and perfecting techniques I
had already learned like the Americana armlock. My level of retention for every
move is now 100%. The way Rener and Ryron go into the detail of every technique
is just an amazing learning experience. I’m actually combining my training at
my local BJJ school with the combatives curriculum and loving it. Heck!! I’m
seriously considering taking some time off my BJJ school to dedicate full-time
to my Gracie blue belt certification.
Alfonso (Gracie University)
Hi, I just got my Vurtego
in the mail – I'm looking forward to getting on it and riding. The
Fugu lessons are great – very well done.
Andrew (Core Pogo Sticking)
Congratulations for your
website – it is awesome, I'm a Mexican racquetball player and I think this is a
great help for all players, thanks and I'll help spread the word of course.
This is fantastic! I’m
learning the techniques, asking questions, and testing for belt promotions from
over a thousand miles away. I feel like I’m actually training at the Gracie Academy!
In fact, the system is so good that I’ve been able to share the experience with
my wife and two sons.
Jason(Student at Gracie University)
Our users love the WorldDoc
Health Learning Center. It is consistently one of our most popular tools to
explain complex health issues in an understandable manner
Maja (Client on WorldDoc Health Learning Center)
I am having fun with my boys (ages 3 and 4) - actually great grandsons, living with us. I think your program is excellent.
Larry (Grandparent of students in Gracie Bullyproof)
Just wanted to pass along how impressed I am with your approach. I have been in the online learning industry for some time and, coupled with my undergraduate degree in Physical Education, can honestly say that you have completely "pinned it" in the way you have created Gracie University. I am so enthused, I am considering submitting my application for providing a Gracie Garage myself and pursuing this instruction simply because you have done such a fine job.
Jay (Student at Gracie University)
Now with your help we’re looking to take FUGU.com to the next level as it becomes the world’s premier online education destination.
What We Need and What You Get
We’re raising $250,000 to enable us to build the video studio necessary to start producing a large library of unique, premium courses. The funds will allow us to add hundreds of new high-impact, interactive lessons. It will also fund an initial marketing, PR and social media campaign to make the world aware of the programs. The end result will be the go-to destination for online learning on life topics.
Your support is immensely valuable in empowering us to change education as it is currently delivered and we want to make sure you’re rewarded appropriately.
$10 Contribution - Stay Informed:
All $10 Contributors will receive updates and information on new lessons and courses as they become available. Be a proud part of creating the First Ultimate Global University.
$25 Contribution – Any Premium Course:
All $25 Contributors will get to choose any premium course in the University (current or future) and have it added as a permanent part of their library. Learn and get certified in Racquetball, Skimboarding, Basketball, Dance, Art, or any other subject that interests you.
$50 Contribution - Any Premium Course and a Limited Edition FUGU T-shirt:
All $50 Contributors will get to choose any premium course in the University (current or future) and receive the limited edition FUGU t-shirt.
$100 Contribution – Any Five Premium Courses and a Limited Edition FUGU T-shirt:
All $100 Contributors get to choose any five Premium Courses in the University (current or future) and have them added as permanent parts of their libraries where they can view them as many times as they wish.
$250 Contribution – A One Year Subscription and a Limited Edition FUGU T-shirt:
All $250 Contributors receive complete access to the entire FUGU.com curriculum for a full year! This includes all of the current courses as well as all of the new ones that will be added.
$1,000 Contribution – A Lifetime Subscription:
All $1000 Contributors receive lifetime access to the full library of content within FUGU.com and a limited edition lifetime member only t-shirt! FUGU will be developing hundreds of in-depth courses over the coming years covering real-world topics such as dating, sports, business, art and much more. You will have access to all of it - forever!
$5,000 Contribution – A Lifetime Subscription Plus the Opportunity to Choose a Course Topic:
All $5000 Contributors not only receive complete access to the entire FUGU.com curriculum for life but you get to choose a course topics for FUGU to produce (in consultation with a FUGU curriculum designer). You'll be credited on the site as the course originator.
$10,000 Contribution – A Lifetime Subscription Plus Your Own Course!
If you have ever wanted to offer your own interactive course to the world, this is a great way to do it! Be featured with other top subject experts on FUGU.com. This is a rare opportunity to expand your personal brand and create a new income source.
Our mission is to change the way people learn. To become the go-to destination for online, real-world education. To flip the instructor/student relationship to put the focus on the student. To create interactive, immersive courses that come as close as technologically possible to matching the impact of live instruction.
We invite you to be a part of this education revolution!
Experience the power of the FUGU system with these free lessons:
Pumpkin Sculpting (Free Registration Required)
Preventing Heart Disease (Free Registration Required)
- Darbuka (Free Registration Required)
If you have questions or comments please contact us at any time: