Learning a Martial Art at home (be it from DVD or online) is as easy and as simple as learning a language; and we have all learnt a language before. A language is made up of words that are built into sentences. Those sentences are then put together to have a conversation or to bring a set of ideas across to someone else.The basicsThe basic techniques of your Art are the equivalent of words. You have to learn each technique individually, mastering each one in turn before you move on to the next one. By mastering I don’t mean that you have to be an expert at it, just that you have to do it correctly; with the correct body alignment and smoothly, as this in itself will lead to speed and power.By looking at your learning process in this way, learning Martial Arts at home is like building a house. You have to lay a solid foundation of basics, and then you stack all the other techniques that you will learn on top of this strong foundation.How to learn the basicsDo some research online to find what constitutes the basics of your Martial Art. This should also be well covered in your online course or DVD set. Your learning material will also cover this in the first series of lessons. Note down what these basic techniques are and then set out to master them. Spend as much time as you can on these basics, until they are mastered to the point of reflex and you know them thoroughly.Begin slowlyBegin by practicing each technique slowly, noting down what exactly needs to be done but also note the mistakes that are possible for you to make. This way you ensure that you know how to do the technique correctly and how to correct yourself, a vital aspect of learning Martial Arts at home.Practice as often as possibleThe best way to learn is to make sure that you select one technique and then practice it as often as possible. The best way to do this is to practice all the time. There are two ways to do this, one is to practice mentally and the other is to practice physically.Practice mentallyResearch has shown that your mind cannot tell the difference between mental practice and physical practice. So when you are in a situation where you cannot practice physically, make a point of practicing mentally. This enables you to do many more repetitions than you could do in physical practice, and not only that, but your mind will have an imprint of what the correct technique looks like.Physical practiceI have always been blessed and have been the envy of my colleagues in the security industry, for being able to use my Martial Arts skills in the street. My secret is that I practice all the time, but not in a conventional way.In other words, I do not set a specific time to practice, go to my training area dressed in my Martial Arts gear and start training. Instead I will for example be walking in my garden and then practice the technique that I am learning. During a conversation with someone (obviously a close friend or family member) I will practice my technique. This has taught my body to be ready to use that technique at any time, not just when I am in my training area, wearing my training gear.In this way, I am able to do hundreds of repetitions, much more than I could get done in a normal training session. Of course normal training sessions are needed, but I prefer to use those sessions to train my fighting skills not to learn my techniques.By using these methods you can get a lot more done in a very short period of time, more so than you would ordinarily do with conventional training and it will ensure that your skills reach an effective level a lot sooner.If you follow the steps I have outlined above, learning a Martial Art at home will be easier and a lot more fun than you could have ever imagined possible.
If you are trying to find the right martial arts club, whether it’s for you or your child, there are some things that you should keep in mind while you look. In most cities and towns there are plenty of martial arts clubs to choose from and making the wrong choice can sometimes mean that you or your child will lose interest in the martial arts.Below are some tips for you to follow when you are ready to find the perfect school that’s right for you.Keep it Close – If you sign up for the area’s best dojo but it’s a thirty minute drive and nowhere near your work or school, then over time you will decide to skip one lesson. Then another. And another. Before you know it, you’re basically just throwing money away. Sometimes it’s better to go with the club whose instructors don’t have as many awards or accolades if they happen to be closer.Take an Introductory Class – Many local schools are offering free introductory classes to entice people to sign up with them. Take advantage of these great deals when you can. Not only will it give you more insight into what you or your child should expect from the workouts, you’ll also get a sense of the instruction style as well as the instructors themselves.Use an online Martial Arts Finder. There are plenty of online resources that can help you find the right style of club that’s near to you. You’ll also be able to read some reviews that previous or even existing customers write about them. Often you can gain a great deal of insight from these kinds of open and honest reviews.Don’t Go Beyond Your Pace – Some schools and classes can move at a pretty good clip. A karate dojo or takewando dojang will tend to move as fast as their better athletes, rather than at the pace of their slower ones. This kind of flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but it works. If the class begins to move beyond your abilities to keep up and you’re serious about learning and becoming better, then talk to the instructors about taking extra classes or working out with them during their free time. Many instructors will be more than willing to help out those who show a serious interest in the arts.Are You Going for Self-Defense? – If your purpose for learning martial arts, determine whether you’re more interested in self-defense or if you are truly interested in becoming a skilled artisan. If you only really want to learn self-defense, there are special classes that many martial arts clubs offer that cover this and the rates tend to be much lower than their regular karate classes.The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing the right martial arts club for you or your child is being comfortable with the instructors. There are many different styles and personalities out there and that means there will be at least one close to you that is the perfect fit. Don’t just settle – find the right martial arts club for you.