Whether you’re a beginner taking your first martial arts class or an old pro, here are 5 tips to get more out of your practice time. If you like the video, SUBSCRIBE. Then sign up for my 7-DAY MARTIAL ARTS CHALLENGE here:
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Tip # 1: Be On Time. Even better—show up to your martial arts class early. Give yourself time to say hello, change your clothes, warm up, and get focused. That’s not just good for you, it shows respect for your teacher and your fellow students.
Tip #2: Keep It Clean and Safe. Every martial arts class has at least one student who stinks. Don’t be that guy! Wash your uniform. Wear deodorant. And cut the cologne! I also recommend carrying some breath mints in your bag. My advice– show up to every class like it’s a first date.
If you practice in bare feet, carry some baby wipes, too. A quick wipe down will help keep dirt and germs off the mats.
It’s also important to keep your fingernail and toenails short. And lose the bling! Piercings and jewelry of any kind are a danger to you and everybody else. If you do get cut or scratched, carry some Band-Aids and athletic tape in your bag. Nobody wants your blood on them!
Tip #3: Bring a Notebook. Don’t let lessons slip from memory. Make it a habit to write down what you learned after every class. If writing is a chore, use your phone to make a quick video. Even after years and years, I can still look back on my first notebooks and find new information. You should, too!
Tip #4: Hold Your Questions. They say there is no such thing as a dumb question. Not true! If you ask a question about a technique you haven’t even practiced, that’s a dumb question.
The answers to all of your questions will be revealed by practicing, not by talking. So, here’s my advice for every beginning martial arts student– listen first, practice second, question third.
5) Prepare for the Plateau. Being a white belt is thrilling because you’ll never learn so much, so fast ever again. But at some point, you’re going to hit a wall. You’ll either think, “I already know all this,” or, “I’m never going to get all of this.” Either way, you’re wrong.
The learning process is erratic. Sometimes you’ll make big jumps, sometimes you’ll make small jumps. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re going nowhere, sometimes you’ll feel like you’re going backward! But you’re not… you’re still learning. So, have faith and don’t give up!
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WARNING: The advice and movements shown in this video are for informational and educational purposes only. Consult a doctor before engaging in any exercise or martial arts program.