The idea of paying money and getting beat up as a result could be considered straight-up robbery, depending on how you look at it. But, that’s exactly what you get by studying a martial art. Though, one could argue that the benefits more than make up for the investments made.
In Martial Arts, one learns how to defend one’s self, how to respect other people, discipline, hard work and so on and so forth. And, given how much of an impact one discipline can make in your life, it’s important to choose the right system where not only you can learn a lot, but also, a system where you can enjoy yourself.
Now, this isn’t to say that it’s not possible to study multiple martial arts, because people actually do that. Rather, this is for those who’re thinking of taking up a martial and want help in choosing which one is right for them.
So, let’s get started.
Choosing a Martial Art
There are plenty of martial arts that one can choose from and an even larger number of schools and gyms to choose from. This wide selection could easily confuse anyone who doesn’t have any background in martial arts, and as a result, one could ultimately shy away from enrolling in a martial art or end up enrolling in the “wrong” one.
Then again, there’s no such thing as a “wrong” martial art either, nor a “perfect one”. Each martial art has its own merits, and not a single one is the best among the rest.
There are martial arts, however, that are best suited for a different sort of thing.
For example, if you plan on competing and being a professional fighter, you’d have a better chance landing yourself in the UFC or like organizations if you’re an adept wrestler; have taken up Brazilian JiuJitsu, Judo, Kick Boxing and/or Muay Thai.
But, then again, not everyone has such high expectations for themselves. Some people are just content with learning self-defense, as well as a few neat party tricks that they could show off every now and then.
What I’m saying is, to put simply, that you should decide for yourself first what you want to learn and want to happen.
Once you’ve done that, then start looking at the different martial arts schools and gyms available in your area. Then, proceed to looking at their credentials and certifications. Be sure to put on top of your list the schools and gyms with the best “resumes” and highlight those that are a bit more affordable as well.
After doing so, take a look at the list and check which martial arts style they’re teaching, as well as which one they’re most adept at.
The reason why I’m telling you to do this is because if you really plan on learning martial arts, it doesn’t really matter what “discipline” you take up first. What’s important is that you put yourself in the right place and under the right teacher.
Once you’ve started practicing under the tutelage of a well-qualified instructor and/or trainer, the rest will eventually take care of itself.