Have you always been fascinated by martial arts but never knew where, when, or how to begin? Perhaps you got inspired after catching a boxing movie or when you watched your favorite MMA superstar in action. Well, if you’ve ever felt disheartened because you think that martial arts is extremely intimidating, then here’s the good news: anyone (yes, that includes you!) has what it takes to be a martial artist.
Ready to embark on your martial arts adventure? Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Steps To Becoming A Martial Artist:
1) Make the decision to start training
Of course, thinking about becoming a martial artist won’t do you any good if you don’t take action. So stop dreaming and start training at your nearest gym! If you aren’t sure where you wish to train at, why not do some research, ask your friends who are already training at certain gyms or drop by for a trial class? By doing so, you will get a chance to experience the gym and then figure out if it’s where you wish to continue going to.
2) Invest in good training gear
In the beginning, you might not be sure about the kind of gear to get – but that’s okay, you can speak to your instructor or martial artist friends to get some recommendations during your first session. When you’re actually buying your gear, go for quality rather than price. It might feel expensive at the beginning, but when you think about it, high-quality gear will definitely help you train safely and last much longer than something cheap and of a lower quality.
3) Focus on perfecting basic techniques
We totally understand the appeal of fancy moves. After all, those moves wouldn’t end up on highlight reels if they weren’t exciting right? Well, before you get carried away with those, check out your form and technique first! Working on getting all your basics on point will help when it comes to eventually executing the more advanced techniques.
4) Work on your weaknesses
You might find yourself having to pause for a breather or two during your training session, and that might be even before you’re halfway through. Or perhaps you will struggle to make sense of the techniques that your instructor demonstrated in class. Whatever it is, it helps to remember that nothing worth having comes easy and that you will definitely be able to turn those weaknesses into strengths – as long as you don’t give up and keep working hard to improve.
5) Set some realistic goals
In order to stay motivated (especially at the start), it helps to set some realistic goals – for example, training three times a week after work or perhaps losing a certain amount of weight within the first few weeks or months. However, weight loss shouldn’t be your only goal or reason for training, because if you don’t see results quickly enough, you might get discouraged and unmotivated.
6) Fuel up with the right food
Munching on nutritious food will help your body repair itself and encourage muscle development. What’s more, you will also be able to maximize your performance at the gym. After all, you are what you eat! So why not do yourself a favor by opting for healthier choices whenever you can? Trust us, your body will thank you later on. Besides that, it is just as crucial to stay hydrated, so drink up!
7) Commit to your training
Like everything else in life, you have to stay dedicated and consistent if you truly wish to make progress and see results. There will inevitably be ups and downs, but as long as you remember why you started in the first place and remain committed, then there’s no doubt you will be well on your way to becoming the best martial artist you can be!
So tell us, when are you going to start your martial arts journey?