Overcoming obstacles so you can start training in the martial arts can be as simple as gaining clarity on them. Training martial arts can be an excellent way to improve your physical fitness, mental toughness, and self-defense skills. Let’s take the daunting feeling out of the equation. If you’re new to physical activity or have never trained in a martial art before we’ll look at the five biggest obstacles people encounter and provide tips on how to overcome them.
Lack of Confidence
One of the most significant obstacles people face when starting martial arts is a lack of confidence. It can range from being self-conscious about the lack of skills, physical fitness, or body type which can lead to feelings of anxiety or embarrassment. To overcome this, it’s important to remember that everyone starts somewhere. No one is born as a black belt in martial arts. Starting from the very beginning is perfectly normal and embracing it as part of the journey can be a great experience to share to others. Also, remember that this is about personal growth, not comparing yourself to others. Focus on improving yourself, and the confidence will come naturally over time.
Here at Impact, we have considered much of this element. Our Basics Program is the best solution for those who want to build themselves up with a trained staff member that always has this in mind. If you’d like to see what the program entails, visit one of our program pages that details the curriculum outlines in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Filipino Kali.
Another obstacle people face when starting martial arts is finding the time to train. Busy schedules can make it difficult to fit in regular training. If you prioritize your time and make training an important part of your growth, then you would give yourself the best chance for success. Our Class Schedule can give you an overview on how you can apply to it your day. If our schedule fits you, then you’re one step closer to achieving your goals. Sometimes sacrificing an old activity for the benefits of martial arts training is well worth it.
Another obstacle that people face when starting martial arts is physical limitations. This could include a previous injury, chronic health condition, or disability. It’s important to remember that martial arts can be adapted to fit your needs. Talk to your instructor about any physical limitations you have and work together to find modifications or alternative techniques that work for you. With the right mindset and approach, anyone can benefit from martial arts training, regardless of their physical limitations.
Martial arts classes can be expensive and financial constraints can be a significant obstacle for many people. However, there are ways to overcome this obstacle. It can be either training at home with online tutorials like the ones you can find through our YouTube channel or downloading the Impact Online app on iOS or on Android.
One of the best ways to consider financial constraints is through the investment perspective. Instead of seeing it as an expense, see it as an investment that pays off long-term. Check out this article on the 5 Major Benefits of Training in the Martial Arts.
Fear of Injury
Finally, some people may be afraid of getting injured when starting martial arts. While there is always some risk of injury in any physical activity, martial arts injuries are relatively rare. However, to overcome this obstacle, it’s important to take proper precautions, such as warming up before training, using protective gear, and listening to your body to avoid overexertion. Train with a qualified instructor who can teach proper techniques. They can ensure a safe training environment and help guide the way.