Whether you’re a total beginner, a grappler thinking of trying Muay Thai, or a boxer intending to go for that first roll on the mats, one thing’s for sure – you should definitely start that new martial art! Besides keeping you fit and equipping you with self-defense skills, training martial arts would teach you to be disciplined, show you the value of hard work, build your confidence and forge a warrior spirit within you.
While it might seem like a good idea to stick to what you’re comfortable with, the truth is that you’ll end up not growing and learning as much as you potentially can. After all, that scary place outside your comfort zone is where you’ll truly be able to expand your horizons – and in this case, help you become a more well-rounded martial artist! So if you’ve been thinking about it, we say just go for it! If you never try, you’ll never know what you’re missing out on.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Things That Will Cross Your Mind When You Start A New Martial Art:
1) “Okay, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea…”
You might get cold feet and start to change your mind or doubt your decision right before going for that first training session. Well, you’re not alone. It’s totally fine to feel this way, especially when you’re stepping into unfamiliar territory, as you have no idea what to expect. What’s not okay though, is giving in to those thoughts and backing out!
Once you step on the mats and start warming up, you’ll feel much better because your focus would shift from your worries to getting your body stretched out properly. Trust us, all it takes is those few seconds of courage to get yourself to that first class!
2) “What on earth am I doing?”
Remember how you felt when you were trying to pick up a new skill or learn a new language? Well, it’s no different when you’re attempting to pick up a new martial art. Everything is going to feel foreign and it might even be a struggle for you to make sense of everything you’re learning in those first few lessons. Fortunately, you’ll learn to press on and keep trying – no matter how difficult it gets.
3) “I think I got it… I’m finally doing it right!”
Like everything else in life, hard work pays off in martial arts. So when you actually commit to your training and follow through by being consistent, you’ll eventually get the hang of what you’re learning. We believe this is one of the best feelings you’ll get, because you’ll see yourself improving and growing rapidly. And the best part is that you’ll be able to nail down those techniques that seemed out of your league in day 1. Psst! The keyword here is “seemed” because nothing is out of your league – remember that!
4) “This is so much fun!”
When you start to understand the techniques, you’d enjoy your training so much more. This is because you’d be able to make sense of what you’re learning and focus on the finer details of each technique, which you might have missed out on earlier. As a result, you’d be able to execute those techniques better and of course, progress as a martial artist. At this point, you’d be glad that you pushed through the most challenging part – which is starting this new martial art – because you’re enjoying every moment in the gym!
5) “I should totally come back and do this again”
Although you’d be putting yourself through some pretty intense training, you’ll see many positive changes in yourself – be it physical and/or mental – and this would make it all worth it. After all, you’re getting into the best shape of your life, and learning so many things that contribute to your growth as a martial artist and as a person.
So tell us, are you going to start a new martial art and take your training to a whole new level?