You did it! You took that first step by deciding that you want to get into your best shape ever. Now, it’s time to commit to your decision and start working towards those goals. Are you ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime?
I know how terrifying it can be to walk into the gym – alone – for the first time. Although it might have been awhile since I was in your position, I remember being super intimidated on my first day. But believe me when I say that it’s totally worth stepping out of your comfort zone because training martial arts is going to be your best decision ever. So embrace the butterflies in your stomach and get on with it, because we’ve got work to do!
If you’re not sure whether to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai or boxing, then my advice to you is to try them all! Even if you end up deciding on training one first, don’t be scared to try the rest somewhere down the road – even if they look super difficult. After all, you’ve got to start somewhere! And who knows, you might just end up falling in love with them all.
It’s not going to be easy at the beginning, as your body will have to adjust to get used to the various movements and you will take awhile to grasp certain techniques. So don’t be disheartened if you’re not awesome right away, instead, remember that nothing worth having comes easy – and press on! If you don’t get it today, you might tomorrow or next week. All that matters is that you don’t give up no matter what.
I may not look like the friendliest person, especially when I’m trying my best to power through the training session. But please don’t be afraid to come up to me and ask for help, if you’re having problems understanding the technique that the instructor just demonstrated. I would be more than happy to do my best to help you, and perhaps after class, you could return the favor by spending an extra 10 minutes drilling with me – if you’re willing to, that is!
Embrace every moment you have on the mats, and don’t stop when you’re tired – stop when you’re done. Because that’s truly the best way to make every session count and to ultimately get better. Once you’re able to stay committed to your training, you will definitely see the results you’ve been wanting to get. But till then, give 100% every time, and on the bad days, remember why you started in the first place and keep going!
One day, you’re going to see other newbies walk through the doors of the gym, and remember your first day. But this time, you will be the one guiding them and welcoming them to the wonderful world of martial arts.