Posted on December 22 2017


Doubts That Most Beginners of Martial Arts Experience

The martial arts offer a very valuable journey of self-discovery. There are different stages within this journey all the way from beginner to black belt and beyond. At each stage, there are different challenges and obstacles. There are many common doubts that most beginners of the martial arts experience on their journey.

1. Are martial art really for me?

This is a big question at the beginner stage and also at the intermediate stage. In fact, this question will need to be answered on numerous different occasions all the way up to black belt.

Self-doubt is not a bad thing, it is a way to take a step back from training and logically ask if the martial art is still for you. Only you can answer this question but to make sure that you continue to give the martial art a chance you should focus on three things: a) why did you get started in the first place; b) what has the marital art done for you so far; c) and what do you still hope to get out of the martial art?

If you still feel that the martial art has a lot to offer then you know your martial arts journey still has much to offer you.

2. Is there the potential to become a black belt?

Yes, everybody has the potential to become a black belt, but everyone develops at their own rate.

3. Can martial arts really help me to defend myself?

Yes and no. After three months of training the chances are that you will not be able to defend yourself unless you are taking a specific and intensive self-defense course that is solely focused on street survival. You are probably taking a mainstream martial arts class in which case you should expect to gradually develop self-defense skills over a significantly longer period of time. If your primary goal is self-defense then take a course that deals with that specifically and also read and learn about basic awareness tactics for going about your everyday life.

4. Is all of this talk about ethics and spiritual values really true?

At first it seems as if punching and kicking don’t really match the values of discipline and respect, however the fact of the matter is that self-awareness leads to a greater appreciation of truth in your life and what it means to you specifically. By practicing martial arts, you learn about your own strengths and weaknesses and through hard physical training you learn how to break through previous limitations and take yourself to the next level in your growth and self-discovery.

This usually translates into higher moral and spiritual values which in turn lead to greater self-discipline and respect for our fellow citizens.

5. Will you ever get these techniques and drills, right?

The more you practice, the more likely you are to get the techniques and drills right. Your ultimate success in martial arts is in direct proportion to your effort, focus and persistence. The more that you focus on the fact that you are not getting the drills right, the more you will become frustrated. Change your focus, keep it positive, and suddenly you will get the techniques right.

6. Doesn’t everyone gets hurt in sparring?

This is part of martial arts training. The use of safety gear is one reason for this, but a more important reason is the care and knowledge of a competent instructor who knows how to gradually introduce sparring drills that are both age-appropriate and rank-specific. A competent and caring instructor is more important than any piece of safety gear.


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