Signing up to attend martial arts classes can be extremely rewarding for your fitness and overall wellbeing. Picking the right system to study is important if you’re going to enjoy yourself and, ultimately, stick with it. Following are some tips to help you prepare.
Choose what you want. It all depends on what you want. Do you want to learn at a calm, slow pace until you get the moves right – or do you want to progress quickly? The choice depends on you, your age, your physical condition, etc.
Decide on the school. There are many factors that go into choosing the right martial arts classes. This is very important, as the style and master you decide on greatly affects how you learn.
Be somewhat fit. You don’t have to work out before hand, since martial arts aren’t about strength, but endurance is key. The faster you can move for a long period of time, the better you will perform.
Respect your dojo or Kwoon. You don’t fool around, especially while your sensei or sifu is teaching. Respect your craft as much as you respect your fellow students. Always show up early for lessons.
Understand the motivations of other students. Your purpose for being at a class might not be the same as those of others. You will meet all types. If the teacher is a good one, he will quickly dismiss any student who is out of order and continue the lesson. `
Develop the right mindset. You will do aerobics, you will sweat, you will be tired, and you will get hurt. But do not stop. If you are sparring and get injured, take a few breaths and don’t resume with the anger you will have. The concept behind martial arts is staying calm while staying alive.
Practice. Practice every technique you are shown until it becomes second nature. Think beyond what you are shown and question it. Figure out what else could work for that situation. Unless you are having a test on the subject, it’s always best to keep the simple ideas.
Think well inside and out. Any outside aggression, anything that is on your mind, you must drop as soon as you enter your martial arts classes. Otherwise, how can you concentrate on what needs to be done?
Don’t show off. Don’t let it be known that you are taking martial arts classes, or what belt color you have. Discretion works best for you in a real fight. Also, someone might pick a fight with you just because you are taking the art. Think of your new skills as something mediocre.
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