When was the last time you tried something new? If you can’t remember, then it’s probably been way too long.
Being a newbie could feel especially intimidating in a world where everyone is driven by accomplishment and reward. Not knowing the outcome and breaking out of our comfort zones may seem disconcerting, forcing us to retreat back to the familiar and comfortable.
But in martial arts, being a newbie is an amazing experience. Nothing gives you a bigger endorphin rush than being a complete beginner. There are no pressures on you to perform; giving you the courage you need to attend the next session and the next.
Still not convinced? Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Unexpected Benefits Of Being A Martial Arts Newbie:
1) It keeps you grounded.
When you’re a newbie, you’re bound to make lots of mistakes. Not everyone is athletically gifted or has a background in another form of martial arts. It will take awhile to get used to the warm-ups and to learn new techniques – and that’s OK. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Take it one step at a time and remember you’re there to learn. You don’t have anything to prove to anyone.
2) It helps you find your passion.
The fact that you’re a newbie means you’re still trying to find that perfect activity that suits you. This means you’re open to trying new things and ready to get inspired. Not everyone has the courage to search for their passion. Sometimes, they go through their whole lives feeling uninspired. Luckily, that’s not you.
3) It gets you out of your comfort zone.
The minute you start warming up in your first class, learning new techniques and doing partner drills, you realize that martial arts is a whole new ball game. Everything will feel completely alien, which is natural. Attending your first class means you’ve already taken a risk by venturing into unknown territory — and not everyone can do that.
4) It keeps you curious.
Being a martial arts newbie makes you examine the class with a fresh perspective. When you attend your first martial arts class, you probably have no idea what to expect. Trying out martial arts will cultivate your mind to be more curious, pushing you to research new techniques or learn more about the sport. You keep on wanting to know more and that’s great! Knowledge is definitely power!
5) It brings you closer to your new teammates.
Regardless of whether you’re a social butterfly or not, martial arts has a tendency to create strong bonds between teammates. As a newbie, you’ll be grouped with other newbies or sometimes more experienced martial artists who know exactly what you’re going through. They won’t laugh at you when you throw your first punch, they’ll laugh with you. Everyone’s on the same journey and it’s these little milestones that will bring you closer together.
Remember, all great martial artists had to start somewhere. It’s never easy to start — you’ll make mistakes, you’ll doubt yourself and you’ll rationalize why you should put your martial arts journey off till later. But that’s why some dreams never come true – because they were put on the backburner with the rest of the what-ifs.
So go on, take that plunge. Take that first step. Who knows what kind of greatness your martial arts journey might bring?