If you’ve decided that martial arts classes sound like a great way to challenge yourself in the new year, we’re right there with you. But before heading to your first class, there are a few things worth knowing upfront. Luckily, we’re covering it all. Read on for everything you need to know before starting martial arts.
It’s a serious workout
The funny thing is, you’ll be so busy focusing on the details that you may not notice how hard you were working until class is over. Then you realize you’re absolutely drenched and your legs are shaking so hard you need to sit down immediately. Getting started with martial arts means working your body in ways it’s probably not used to, especially if your go-to fitness has been running or lifting weights.
It’s really for everyone
Men, women, kids, teens, big, small, black, white — martial arts is for all of us, so don’t be surprised if you see quite a bit of diversity in class. We love that martial arts is accessible to everyone, and we welcome anyone who’s interested in bettering themselves.
There are a lot of disciplines out there
“Martial arts” describes a lot of different disciplines, and it’s helpful to have a general idea of what interests you most before you sign any kind of contract. Here at FMA, we offer a great getting started package so you can check things out first, and many other schools offer something similar. At the very least, you should be able to sit in on a class or two and chat with the instructors to get a feel for the general vibe. It means a little research on your part, but it’s worth it to find the right school and martial arts discipline for you.
Bumps & Bruises are part of the experience
Martial arts classes are designed to be safe, but this is a contact sport. That means bumps and bruises are a possibility.
You’ll benefit in more ways than one
We’ve already established that martial arts is a workout, but you’ll be working out more than just your body. The mental game is huge, and the benefits are pretty cool. Discipline, focus, respect, a cool head under pressure — these are all traits you develop as you train.
You have to commit
Drop in to class every now and then, and your performance will suffer. Progression and success take commitment, so plan to make attendance a priority. Keep in mind that martial arts is a cumulative activity. You build from the ground up, and you have to master the basics to be successful down the road. Consistency is key.
It’s a community thing
Unlike a regular old gym, training at a martial arts school means joining a true community. It’s an individual sport, but you lean on your peers and instructors for inspiration, motivation, and guidance. It’s hard not to build relationships with those around you, and it fosters a truly amazing atmosphere.