Have you been asking how you should choose a martial arts school? That’s a great question. It comes up a lot. I think that you need a mixture of everything. A good foundation in self defense and a good understand of how people attack you. I also think that you need a long term view on your martial arts. Your martial art has to be of some benefit to you in the long term that doesn’t have anything to do with conflict because you may never ever use your martial law for conflict in which case why would you invest all of that time into training the first place.
Where to Start
The first thing that we’re looking for is a school that’s somewhere relatively local. There’s no point in having a great school if you’re not going to be able to get there and you know going to be able to maintain it. Becoming good at martial arts isn’t an overnight thing, it takes time.
The Right School For You
The next thing I’d be looking for is some nice people. Sometimes people running schools just aren’t nice people at all. They enjoy inflicting pain on you making things as uncomfortable for you as possible. When I first started my aikido training there was a guy that was training with us. He would come into our class and he would have bruises. And I’d say what’s that about? In some respects when you do your martial arts training it is good to shake you up.
Some mistakes I made when I first started training– I was so enthusiastic and I was running all over the place I was having to wake up at 6 AM. I burned myself out in the first 2 years. If you’ve read our previous posts you know that we advocate a mixture. I’m not really too interested in mixed martial arts because mixed martial arts is solely designed for kicking people up. I ain’t really interested in kicking people up. The way to get around that problem is to start off with one martial art. Once you’ve been there for maybe one or two years, start to think about training in another school. And always remember this is your training, this is your life, make sure that you are happy training. It’s the most important thing. If you are unhappy then it’s a frickin’ waste of time!
Go to Training
The things to watch out for, that you are not looking forward to going to training. It should be a pleasure, you should be missing the people, you should be enthusiastic. If you are hesitant or have a feeling of dread this isn’t the right school for you.
If your instructor or your teacher is afraid of you seeing other martial arts and they’re afraid that you might leave then this isn’t the right school. The teacher should be relaxed. Teachers should be okay with you looking about and happy that you’re exploring.
The new movement of a aikido or the new wave of aikido is to look at everything, what people are asking for, what can be included in your aikido. Aikido can be expanded, it’s an inclusive way of thinking not exclusive.
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