10 Workable Guidelines for Choosing The Right Martial Art
10 Workable Guidelines for Choosing The Right Martial Art
Many martial art admirers and beginners normally have a hard time choosing which martial art they should study. This is a common concern alongside that of the choice of the right martial art school and knowing the right direction to take is always important if you are to succeed in this field. Martial art is quickly becoming popular both for sport enthusiasts and for people who would want to learn valuable self-defence techniques.
It is advisable to choose a martial art system and school that you can stick with for long as opposed to choosing one where you might not be comfortable to even complete your training. This therefore calls for a thorough research and you should not be in a hurry in choosing the right school. Choosing the right martial art to study is equally important and this too should be done carefully. It is very important to understand different martial arts as this will help you in your selection. In this article, we will discuss some valuable tips on how you can choose the best martial art style for you to study.
How to choose the ideal martial art
#1 Learn The Basic Differences In Martial Arts
One of the best ways of choosing which martial art is best for you will be to first of all learn the difference in the different styles. Martial art comes in different variations which include Muay Thai, karate, judo, Kendo armor and Aikido just to name but a few. Each of these techniques is different from each other and the requirements as far as cost, involvement, safety levels and intensity varies greatly from one art to the other. Before going too far in your selection process, it will be important to get some information on each and every one of these styles and see which one best suits your preference and desire.
#2 Assess Your Fitness Levels
As you learn to understand the differences in all the various martial arts, the next thing will be to consider your body and health to see whether you are capable of going through with the training. If you are suffering from some health complications such as back problems, a heart condition, head injuries, blood flow restriction or any other condition likely to be aggravated by exercises, then you should approach martial art very carefully. It is always important to consult your healthy specialist in case you have any health issues especially those likely to be worsened if exposed to serious exercises. In case you are taking any medical prescriptions, it will be advisable to choose the right martial art with the advice of your doctor.
#3 How Will Martial Art Help You?
People train martial arts for different reasons. Before you decide joining a martial art gym or school, it is very likely that you have weighed your options and come up with the goals you intend to achieve. For example, there are those who train martial arts for the purposes of weight loss while others will be doing it for self defence. All these reasons are good but they dictate on the right direction you ought to take when choosing your style. Always choose a style that excites you and helps attain what you are looking for.
#4 Consider The Budget
As with every other course you intend to take, your budget will highly determine the kind of martial art style you study. Different styles vary in prices owing to the significant amount required for investment in the needed equipment. Additionally, some of the modern martial arts such as MMA might require different equipments that traditional styles such as Kung fu do not need. For example, karate training does not require much in terms of equipment and only a white uniform might be required to start. However, other techniques such as Kendo armor requires some quality equipment sets to train and this could cost up to USD $1,000. Weigh your options and see which of the available arts is affordable to you and also seek to know the fee payment terms from your school of choice.
#5 Know Your Ultimate Objective
It is good to determine your main objective when choosing a martial art. Martial arts are categorized in 4 different groups as follows: –
• Martial skills being the main concern with health, fitness and discipline coming in as a side dish.
• Health and fitness while martial competence is a secondary benefit
• Competition in sporting events
• Cultural tradition and heritage passed down generations.
Now, you can train in martial arts for any of the above reasons and this means your approach might be different from that of your neighbour or friend. People training for health and fitness but have martial competence as a secondary benefit will need to put in a different approach from those to whom martial skills are the main concern and health and fitness are just but a secondary concern. So, always consider your ultimate objecting when choosing the best martial art skill.
#6 Consider The Styles Available Couple With Your Reasons
Different martial art styles have different origins and this has a very huge impact on how they are conducted. For example, Hapkido or tae kwon do is originally from Korea and is a semi-hard martial style that differs greatly from kung fu from china which is a ground fighting/grappling fighting art. There are various western martial arts whose origin is largely Europe while others such as Muay Thai is from Thailand and the approach and involvement associated to each of these arts vary greatly. The training methods directed to each of these styles vary based on your needs and objective. In case you want to learn martial arts as a personal defensive art, then your training will be a bit different from the one given to someone who wants to compete in the ring with equally trained opponents.
#7 Consider Your Physical Limitations
Some martial art styles are very suitable for young and acrobatic learners and therefore might not work very well for you if you are not acrobatic or older. Some of the martial styles such as Wushu might not be very suited for older guys who feel a little bit stiff and have no acrobatic skills. On the other hand, such trainees will appreciate other styles such as Tai Chi. Other martial arts involve striking including tae kwon do and karate and some people might not find them very suitable for them especially those with small physique. Always consider things such as your weight and height especially at the very beginning to help you start with the right style.
#8 Do You Have Any Cultural Interests?
Some people like training in martial arts owing to their interest in certain cultures. You may need to ask yourself whether you have any interests in a culture and see how you can learn a little bit more of the same through martial art. If at all you want to connect with that culture, it could be good to look for a school that has instructors from that culture or those who’ve undergone training directly under trainers from that culture.
#9 Do You Have The Time?
Training in both the martial and art is not easy and will require adequate input in terms of time. You will need to consider the amount of time required to master the different styles and use this alongside other factors given above to determine how suitable each art is for you. Some styles do not require much time to train as others and therefore could work well for you if you do not have a lot of time. However, always remember that sacrifice is required for any training to succeed.
Another very important factor to consider when choosing a martial art style is that of its availability in your locality. It doesn’t help to choose a martial style that is not offered in any of your local martial art schools as this could mean travelling away from your home something that might be inconveniencing. Some of the modern martial art styles such as Krav Maga or the AES might not be readily available locally and that might mean you will not find any school or trainer offering the same within your area. Unless you are willing to travel to a different location, always find out whether your preferred style is offered where you live.
Once you decide on the right martial art for you, the next thing will be to register with a school near you. You will need to decide when you will be joining the training and if possible, you could enjoy some discounts especially if you have a team you want to join together with. You can always check whether the martial art school you intend to join has such packages which are normally discounted and thus very cost-effective.
Always remember that much time and attentiveness is required to master the martial and the art. You should not give up so easily but instead should be patient until the very last minute. With so many martial art styles, you can always upgrade and advance your training with time.
We have suggestions for you if you are looking for martial arts lessons in Klang Valley and Johor Bahru:
- Lara’s Place in Seksyen 17 Petaling Jaya – Wing Chun Kung fu
- Mr Taekwondo in Bandar Puteri Puchong – Taekwondo
- CK Taekwondo in Bandar Puteri Puchong – Taekwondo
- Renshinkan Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Dojo in Brickfield KL – Karate
- Elitez MMA Fitness Academy in Klang – Muay Thai, MMA, Brazillian Jiujitsu, Capoeira, Taekwondo
- Dragon Muay Thai in Bukit Bintang, KL – Muay Thai
- Lekir Fitness & MMA in Shah Alam – Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Seni Silat
- Kyokushin Karate Johor Bahru in Century Garden and Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru – Karate
- Dojo Seiken Shotokan Karate in Johor Bahru Town – Karate
- Ultimate MMA Gym in Mount Austin Johor Bahru – Muay Thai, MMA, Kids Self Defence
Image Credit : Kyokushin Karate Johor Bahru in Johor Jaya & Century Garden