Getting Over The Fears Of Leaning A Martial Art

Those of us who would like to get fit, need to motivate ourselves to go through the process of pain and gain. Even running will make your body feel sore if you are unfit.

We activate muscles that have been lying dormant and now suddenly they are being asked to support and move your weight at a fast pace.

It’s very difficult to make sure we are constantly checking our attitude and not letting the hurt stop us from achieving our goals.

So when you want to learn how to do something different that is still sport related but on a self-defense level, our mindset becomes a focal point.

As many great fighters have said, fighting is 90% mental and 10% physical. The way we think and tackle the challenges of learning a martial art will determine how effective we will be. Right from the beginning, we know that learning a martial art is going to mean getting hurt at some point.

It’s a question of how brave are you to keep pushing forward even when you know you could end up in serious discomfort?

Be willing to change

It’s challenging for many to leave the comfort of their own homes and travel to the gym every day.

So going to learn a martial art where your strength and bravery will be tested is a mountain to climb for many. However, you have to get outside of the box you have created to learn anything new.

Anything that is worthwhile will always demand you step outside of whatever it is you’re used to. Inherently, martial arts will change your perspective on many things and that’s something you need to be willing to accept.

For one thing, you will be thinking about how to improve your mental awareness of what’s going on around you.

This can filter out into the real world by such things as being more attentive to social situations and who is near you. Being more alert when you cross the road, when you get on a packed train and when you go to sleep at night is all part and parcel of becoming more situationally alert.

The only way you can learn how to be like this is to step outside of your comfort zone.

You’re not alone

One of the mental hurdles that stop many people from learning a martial art is the potential embarrassment you could feel.

It’s a test of strength and courage so you’re aware that failing to show either one of these traits will make you look weak.

Well, you’re not alone in this because everyone who is new to combat sports and turns up to their very first class in a particular discipline will be feeling the same thing. You’re not expected to be some kind of terminator.

Professional trainers of martial arts, know that same feeling.

They were there in the same boat as you are now. So, get over this feeling or thought of being the only shy person in the group. Everyone who is there is going to be going through the same thing so you’re inherently on the same page.

Plenty of information

Martial arts has truly exploded thanks to the many sources of information you can access online. Say for example you are interested in learning karate and want to know more about how you can learn about the customs of this style.

You can learn how to tie a karate belt quite easily by watching this animation and reading up on the certain features you need to know. Karate and judo are both Japanese fighting styles which mean they are steeped in a very deep culture.

The belt holds together you gi which is the uniform of the style which all students and masters must wear. It’s a sign of respect to know how to tie the belt beforehand and treating your gear that you are given with respect is a sign of how serious you are taking your lessons.

It’s also important to know how to tie your belt because, during training and sparring, your gi might get loose. If this happens it can hinder your movement and cause you to absorb unnecessary blows.

Take the time to learn how to do this and also read around the other content at your disposal to improve your understanding of karate.

Everybody is initially anxious about learning how to defend yourself.

But don’t be embarrassed, everyone who is learning in the same class as you is feeling the exact same way. Learn how to tie your own belt and look after your gi, and you can show your instructor you’re serious about studying the style.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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