If you haven’t tried martial arts before, or if you are returning as an adult after a long time, we understand you might be nervous for your first class.
At United Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, we know that everyone has to start somewhere and that even the greats were once beginners. That’s why we have put together some of our top tips for your first class to make sure that you get the most out of your training, and most importantly, have fun!
Be on time
Whether you’ve been in the martial arts for years or are just starting out, it is always important to be on time, showing respect to your instructor, and the other class members.
Try to show up a couple of minutes early, especially for your first class so you can meet your instructor and classmates, warm up, and be 100% ready for class when it begins.
You know the saying ‘if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail’? This applies to martial arts as well. Just like in most sports, the right equipment and attire is essential for protecting yourself and others.
Our different classes require different attire and equipment, so be sure you come properly dressed and ready to train. Ensure your nails are trimmed so as not to cut anyone and make sure you remove all jewellery that could get in the way.
During your lesson, it is often easy to get distracted by your work day, what you are going to have for dinner, or what you need to organise for your children’s day at school tomorrow.
Being present in your lesson and listening to your instructor, remembering to breathe and checking your posture are important to help you improve your skills.
Of course it is best to wait until after class rather than interrupting your instructor, but we want you to understand your training fully so that you can get the most out of it, so if something in the lesson is confusing or you’re not understanding it, please ask.
Take care of yourself
Learning news skills can be draining for your body as well as your mind. Make sure you get good rest, drink plenty of water, eat well, and stretch regularly to help stay in top form.
Before training, fuel your body so that you have energy, but not so much that you feel full and sluggish. While you’re practicing, stay hydrated so your body can perform at its optimal performance.
Practice makes perfect
It is important that you practice all the moves and stances regularly. If you are really dedicated to improving your skills, the only way to do that is to practice hard and often. Repetition is the most important way to reinforce what you’ve learned in class.
Learning martial arts takes time, so attending a class every couple weeks won’t cut it. You will constantly be learning new lessons and techniques so attending class regularly is very important.
We have left the most important tip until last, which is to remember to have fun! When you are trying something new you might forget to relax and compare yourself to others in your class.
The most important thing to remember about martial arts training is that it is your practice, not anyone else’s. So believe in yourself, let go and enjoy your lesson!
We hope these tips have helped you to feel ready for your first class with us. At United Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, we offer two free trial classes for new members. Click here to sign up and learn more.