I am often asked..
In order to answer these questions and ultimately help you in choosing a martial art style that is best for you, we must first evaluate what you expect to accomplish with this training and uncover which martial art style fulfills those goals and desires.
The first thing I would recommend you do is get out a pen and paper or bring up you favorite word processor and begin listing the reasons you wish to begin a new martial art.
Start by placing a heading on the page something like 'Choosing a Martial Arts Style' or 'Reasons for studying a Martial Art Style'.
The purpose of this exercise is to help you discover what are you looking to achieve by studying a martial art? Is it..
The knowledge of knowing what you want to achieve while studying a martial art style will make all the difference in helping you achieving your goal of choosing a martial art style that best suits you.
How do I go about choosing a martial art style?Another very important part of choosing a martial art style is location, or as they say in real estate location, location, location. There is no reason to consider choosing a particular style if there isn't a school or place to train in your area.
It is extremely important to find a place to train that is either close to your home or work, or at least on the way to your work. Why? well, it is a lot easy to stick with your training if you don't have to drive to far out of your way.
There are several sources you can investigate while choosing a martial art style in your local area. Of course one place to start is your local telephone book or directory.
You can always take your investigation online and search the internet. It can be a resource. Especially with the recent release of several larger search engine offering local searches. Here are a few you can use:
Any of these location can provide you with an excellent introduction to different martial arts styles at an affordable price, and many times they serve as satellite locations for the instructor’s main martial art school.
One of the most difficult task will be locating a martial art training school that doesn't advertise. They most likely will not have a sign, nor a dedicated building and many of these gems often do not participate in local and or regional martial arts events.
These martial art styles are often the very traditional or very street orientated. Either way these gems are often only discovered by word of mouth and/or invitation. So, make sure you inquire with anyone you know who studies in the arts.
I am a good example of the at the time of this article, I currently do not have a set training location. I train out of my personal basement dojo and occasionally at my students homes.
Since I currently do not have a solid location, I only take a few students at a time. And they go through a small screening process to make sure they are dedicated to the training.
The positive side is that my students get a very intimate and personal experience. So make sure that if you have the time you search out these possible locations as well.
Is one martial art style better than another?
After you have examined all the factors we discussed above, you have to begin to consider the martial arts styles and schools themselves. It is best to keep them with in the boundaries of your own desires and goals.
If you are further along in life and less flexible than you use to be, a martial art style that focuses on kicking may not be a good choice for you.
Are you looking for a tool to help you in choosing the right martial art for you?
Great, then check out this Free Choose It! tool that I have recently come across. You can even use some of the questions below to help you get the full benefits of this free tool.
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