So perhaps you’ve already stepped into a martial arts gym and decided to commit to your training. Well, if that’s the case, congratulations on taking that first step to evolving into the best version of yourself! During your martial arts journey, there will be lots of techniques and important lessons you learn along the way.
Curious to find out what are some of the funnier things to expect? Today, Evolve Daily reveals 7 Hilarious Things You’ll Learn When You Join A Martial Arts Academy:
1) When you first put on your gloves/gi, it’ll feel super dramatic
Basically, you’d feel like a total badass and perhaps even look the part (in your mind at least). But when it comes down to actually executing those new techniques, you’ll have no idea what you’re doing.
At some point, you might even feel like the “pro” students (basically those who have been there waaaay longer than you) are silently judging you. Well, that’s something you shouldn’t even worry about, because they’re probably caught up with mastering those techniques too! In moments like this, we suggest you hold on to those initial feelings of badassery and of course, press on! After all, you can only improve from here.
2) Big bags will be your best friend
Your non-martial artist friends might tease you and constantly ask if you’re going away for the weekend or running away from home – simply because of the size of your bag (or bags!) Well, you can’t help it that your smaller bags can’t contain your workout attire, gloves or gi.
Over time, these big bags will eventually feel less heavy, thanks to the strength you acquire from training! Also, it wouldn’t matter if your big bags don’t match your outfits. After all, your favorite martial art trumps everything. Well, everything except that cheat meal you’ve been dreaming of since last Wednesday.
3) The water cooler queue can be as long as a Great Singapore Sale queue
At the beginning, you might find that your bag is already filled to the brim. So you make the mistake of leaving your water bottle at home rather than bringing it to the gym with you! Unfortunately, this would mean that you have to join that super long queue that forms every time water break rolls around. If you’re lucky, you’d be in a class that isn’t very packed, and as a result, not have to wait in line for those much-needed sips of water.
With that said, you shouldn’t assume that every class wouldn’t be packed just because you’ve attended a few not-so-crowded ones. So remember your water bottle the next time you hit the gym!
4) The struggle to pay attention when there’s an attractive person in class is real
It’s worse when your instructor is your eye candy. How on earth are you even able to process anything that comes out of his/her mouth? Well, the good news is that you’d eventually learn to focus (yes, even if that cutie is standing right next to you!) After all, there’s nothing more embarrassing than your eye candy seeing you struggle and not be able to execute what you’ve just learned – not because you don’t understand, but simply because you weren’t paying attention!
5) Your first 2 to 3 months would feel like the clumsiest part of your martial arts journey
If you thought you had decent co-ordination prior to training, you might be proven wrong when you attempt to execute those new moves – especially at the start. Hey, nobody said it was going to be easy, right?
While you might start off fumbling and tumbling, the good news is that you’d eventually get the hang of it. So during those moments of frustration, remember why you embarked on this journey and started training in the first place. We believe that as long as you don’t give up, you’ll be great!
6) You’ll wonder if you can include your martial arts accomplishments on your resume
Levelling up in Muay Thai/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shows that you’re disciplined, hardworking and dedicated right? Of course it does! But perhaps you should only include it in your resume if you’re applying for a fitness-related job, to be safe. However, we believe that it doesn’t hurt to talk about your martial arts journey if potential employers ask about your interests! After all, your achievements are something to be proud of.
7) You’ll feel the urge to randomly start shadowboxing… even on public transport
It can happen anytime, at anywhere. As long as there’s some space. So you could be at the shopping mall, in a lift, or maybe waiting for some friends at the MRT station… and you’d feel this uncontrollable urge to shadowbox. Psst! There’s a pretty high chance you’d also do it, whether it’s actually physically going through with the motions or visualizing your favorite combinations in your mind.
Your friends might laugh at you when they catch you doing it, but who cares? You’d be having just that bit more practice which would help you revise those techniques. And since practice makes perfect, you’re actually helping yourself to improve!
So tell us, how many of these hilarious things have you experienced?