The way you get into Martial Arts training out makes a world of a difference in how fast (and safely) you get to where you want to be. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to help you begin your martial arts journey the right way.
Step 1: Identify Your Goals
Before you go out and try all the crazy flips and tricks you see martial arts gurus on Instagram and YouTube do, figure out what results you want to see first. That would dictate the type of training you need to do.
Do you want to do it for personal reasons, to overcome a fear? Is this something you’ve always been interested in doing but you’re only now able to start? Or do you just think it’s cool and wanted to try something different? All of these questions are great – but what do you want to achieve from your training? Fitness, Mental Health, Comradery, Entertainment, Self-Defence, to Earn your Black belt…. Figure out what you’d like to achieve and start there.
Step 2: Decide on a Class Schedule
The next step is to decide on a training schedule you know you could stick to long-term. The last thing you want is to force yourself to work out more often than your schedule and ability to recover allow then end up quitting just weeks into your training.
Keep in mind that it will always be better to train once a week for decades than five days a week for a month.
Step 3: Seek Professional Guidance
The third step is to get help and guidance from people who know what they’re doing (i.e., doctors and professional trainers). This is especially important if you have been diagnosed with medical conditions that limit your ability to engage in vigorous physical activities.
Doing so would not only help keep you safe, but also allow you to realise your fitness goals much faster.
Step 4: Stick With It
The fourth and final step is to power through the initial challenge of transitioning from being sedentary to martial arts training regularly. I promise training will eventually become so natural to you that you’ll start feeling weird for taking days off from the club. But reflect on your goals, adapt them if necessary but keep an eye on the prize.
Start Your Martial Arts Journey the Right Way
Keep these tips in mind when you start your training, and I guarantee you’ll not only reach your personal goals faster, but also minimise your risk for injuries along the way.