We’ve all been there – every New Year, when the fireworks start flying, you look up at the sky and make a firm resolve, “This will be the year I get back in shape!” While it’s nice to make those promises, they almost never become realities. This is because people keep waiting for the change to come to them, instead of going out headfirst and seeking change on their own.
If you’re looking for the best way to get back in shape in 2016 and learn an extra thing or two in the process, then maybe martial arts is for you! Don’t wait for Auld Lang Syne – start your martial arts journey today!
Consider What You Want To Achieve
Do you want to attain the highest rank possible? Do you want to engage in martial arts for fitness purposes? Or do you want to do it to learn more about self-defence? First, understand your goals, because there’s an entire world of martial arts out there and each one caters to a different goal.
Research About The Different Disciplines
To begin your martial arts journey, it’s important to know all the different disciplines available for practice. Yes, there’s more than just karate. The world of martial arts is vast and extensive, and you have to know each one well enough to be able to pinpoint the right one for you. You don’t want to enroll yourself in a class only to find out you didn’t like what you chose. Do you work best with your hands? Are you more inclined to kick than punch? Do you prefer hitting or grappling? What do you want to focus on: strength, agility, balance, mental focus, or a mix of all of the above? Looking up the different martial arts could help you find out what suits you best.
Talk To Professionals
Once you’ve figured out what you want for yourself, it would be a nice idea to talk to some people who have had experience in your chosen discipline. Maybe you could ask them what you should expect from enrolling yourself in this particular class, and then make your conclusion – are you sticking with your first choice or are you more inclined to find something else? This stage is all about making sure whether or not a discipline suits your interests and preferences, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Get Your Gear
One of the best ways to get yourself motivated is to get your gear together. Start you’re your beginner gear but choose items that are made with quality materials and built to last. Come into your nearest Academy of Martial Arts location and we’d be happy to recommend our favourites.
It’s not hard to start a martial arts journey, and you’d be surprised at how many rewards you’ll reap over time. Start your martial arts training today and discover the world of discipline and strength! Get in touch, and let’s get started!