By Lee Taylor
Here are three top tips to help you make a decision that could change your life.
1. Choose your martial art
There are many martial arts to choose from – Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Kung-Fu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Krav Maga, and many more, so take your time to research what each martial art has to offer. All martial arts offer generic benefits but consider what you want from it. Is it self-defence? Fitness? Or do you want to compete?
2. Do your research
Look at the clubs in your area, then go and visit them! Check out the venue and the logistics of getting there – it has to fit your needs, as travelling to a club can be an issue. Lots of clubs will offer a free trial lesson so take it and try before you buy! Be wary of having to sign contracts or money upfront before you try.
3. Check out the instructor
Go with your gut instinct and the first impression when you meet the instructor. They should be happy to answer your questions, give information on their training history, current qualifications (coaching, insurance, first aid, DBS check), but also on the governing body, their group and style. Be wary of instructors with many black belts, and look at the achievements of the students – that’s a good indicator of how good the teaching is.
This list is by no means all inclusive, but all clubs rely on beginners joining them for growth and longevity, and if they are honest, they are always learning with a beginner’s mindset. So do your research, then go for it.
Remember that if you wait
until you’re ready, you could be
waiting for the rest of your life!
Lee Taylor Karate – Tel: 07976 914 617
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.leetaylorkarate.co.uk
Founder and editor of FitNet.
Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.