Life has a way of, well, getting in the way, doesn’t it? Whether it’s family commitments or school or work, sometimes our responsibilities have to be prioritized over all else, which means our passions and hobbies fall by the wayside. But if martial arts — and more specifically, a black belt — is the one that got away, it might be time to get back on the horse. And we have some advice to smooth the way. Read on for four tips for a successful return to martial arts.
Remember Why You Started
There’s a reason you started your martial arts journey in the first place. And you need to remember it. Spend some time getting back to your “why” — why does this matter to you? Why are you willing to put in the work? What’s different this time around? And how will you overcome any obstacles standing between you and that black belt? This tees you up to establish (or re-establish) your martial arts goals. Be clear and specific about what you want to achieve, what that looks like in terms of your commitment, and what you’ll do to make it all happen.
If you haven’t trained in months or years, or you’ve picked up sticks and you have to start from scratch at a new martial arts school, be realistic. Maybe you can’t kick as high as you used to, or your cardio sucks, or you’re starting over as a white belt even though you’ve already put in the blood, sweat, and tears to earn your blue belt. Whatever the case may be, you have to trust the process and give yourself time and space to adjust and grow. Start as you mean to go on —with a committed, methodical, hardworking mentality.
Lean on Your Community
If you’re returning to the same school, lean into that old community. Things may have changed, but odds are good you’ll see some familiar faces. Reconnecting with your martial arts community can lend amazing support, encouragement, and accountability as you get back into the swing of things. Take advantage of it!
Focus on Staying Consistent
Motivation is powerful, but it can be fleeting. Build a consistent routine that you can lean on when motivation fails you. And avoid going too big too soon. Maybe you were handling four or five classes a week no problem before you quit, but give yourself time to build up to a realistic schedule that you can manage — and don’t forget to factor for your other responsibilities.
If you’re a prospective returning student to Freestyle Martial Arts here in Reno, or you’re looking to get back into the martial arts groove at a new school, we’re thrilled to have you either way! Contact us today to get started, and let’s get you back on track.