As martial artists, we’re conditioned to take risks and embrace change because it’s part of our nature. But sometimes, we become so comfortable doing what we love, that trying anything new (especially a new martial art) might sound scary.
Nobody wants to spend their whole martial arts journey without having tried another martial art. Sometimes, even the most talented and decorated martial artists need to break out from their routine.
At 37 years of age, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion and ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke decided to leave his comfort zone and try MMA. Dejdamrong had to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which we all know can be particularly complex, and ended up winning 2 of his 5 MMA fights via submission.
Perhaps we can all take inspiration from Dejdamrong and use it to face our fears of trying a new martial art. Today, Evolve Daily shares 6 Things You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of When Trying A New Martial Art:
1) That you’ll make mistakes
Everyone is afraid of making mistakes – you of all people should remember that you’ve had your fair share of mishaps when you started training martial arts. Remember, making mistakes is part of learning and it shouldn’t stop you from wanting to try another martial art.
Tip: Research a bit before you start your first class. Or better yet, watch a class and see how it goes. You can talk to students or ask an instructor for tips on what to do for your first class.
2) That you’ll be a complete newbie
Because you’ve been practicing martial arts for awhile, your comfort level with your martial art of choice is at a completely different level. Training solely Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing or Wrestling has become such a big part of your routine that doing anything else might feel unnatural.
Tip: Starting a new martial art might feel awkward at first, especially when your body is used to certain movements. Why not check out a few tutorial videos and try some of the techniques before your class?
3) That you won’t know anyone
It’s natural to feel anxious about not knowing anyone and having to make friends all over again. You’ve become comfortable with your teammates after training with them for so long that you can’t imagine yourself feeling at ease with anyone else.
Tip: Introduce yourself to whomever you’re paired with in class. By breaking the ice right away, you’ll cut the awkward silence and have a new friend by the end of class.
4) That you’ll fail miserably
What happens if you decide to try Muay Thai after training BJJ for many years, go after it, and then realize that you’re not as coordinated as you thought you were?
Chances are, you’ve probably experienced the same thing right when you started BJJ. It probably took you some time to get used to training BJJ, just like it will take awhile before you feel comfortable doing Muay Thai. Just be patient and you’ll find your rhythm eventually.
Tip: Instead of believing you’re destined for failure, work on drilling techniques after class or ask help from one of your instructors. Being comfortable with the moves takes some time, so be patient.
5) That it’s too late for you to start
Putting off learning a new martial art might mean that you might never try it at all. If you think about it, what do you really have to lose — your pride, your dignity? What if you had a talent that you never knew you had?
Just because you’ve been training for quite some time, it doesn’t mean that it’s too late to start something new. If you’re curious about another martial art, just go on and try it – what do you have to lose?
Tip: Changing up your martial arts training could be a blessing in disguise, especially if you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Who knows, trying a new martial art could be that dose of fresh air that you need!
6) That you’ll be left behind by your peers
We understand that you’ve devoted quite a bit of time to your martial art. You’ve drilled after class, competed, sparred with the toughest opponents – you have goals, and you’re determined to stick to them.
Trying a new martial art doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your old goals. In fact, it might even make you a better martial artist in the end. For example, doing Muay Thai might help you build up your cardio for BJJ and the technical skills you learn in BJJ could help you become more detail-oriented in Muay Thai. There’s always an upside to everything!
Tip: Don’t completely abandon your old training schedule! Instead, aim to supplement it by training your new martial art of choice at least once a week.
Remember, the only thing that stands between you and trying a new martial art is your fear of change. Remember the lessons you’ve learned from training martial arts and embrace change. You can figure out the rest later, but until you’re willing to take action and pursue a new martial art, nothing will happen. Be the best martial artist you can be and try a new martial art today!