Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Brooklyn Martial Arts. This is part two of our blog series about common misconceptions about martial arts. Although depictions of martial arts are all around us in movies and video games, these usually aren’t correct. If you missed our last blog, we talked about not needing to achieve a certain fitness level before starting martial arts training; the fact that martial arts are a lot more than simply Karate and MMA; and that martial arts training isn’t nearly as dangerous as people think it is. In some cases, it can be even safer than other sports like baseball or football.

Keep reading to learn about several more misconceptions about martial arts and contact Brooklyn Martial arts if you have any questions.

It’s More Than Self Defense

There’s no doubt about it, many martial arts are great for self-defense. Does that mean self-defense is the only reason to train in them? Not at all! There are four main reasons people choose to train martial arts: to learn something new, self-defense, to get in shape, and to have fun. However, once people try martial arts, they realize there’s a lot more to it than that. Many people meet new friends or end up teaching their preferred martial art in the future.

On the other hand, there are people who decide to pursue martial arts as a form of self-defense. If that’s what you’re looking for, then, by all means, go for it! However, it’s important to note that not every martial art is created equal when it comes to this purpose. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, for example, is difficult to use in a real-life scenario.

Everyone Competes

Training martial arts is not like a team sport in that once you commit, you need to compete in competitions regularly. Ultimately, whether you compete or not is up to you. If you’d like to just come to training and compete in spars or practice fights, you are welcome to do so. Although it’s not mandatory to compete, your instructor and peers would probably like to see you there considering it’s the best way to progress and learn. Not only is competing good for your own advancement, but it allows you to cheer on and encourage the people you’ve been working with. Who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a few moves from your opponent as well!

Contact Brooklyn Martial Arts

These are just a couple of the many misconceptions our society has about martial arts. If you want to learn more, read part two of this blog series. In the meantime, if you’re ready to start training kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts, visit Brooklyn Martial Arts. Led by master instructor Pete Lawson, our martial arts classes are the best way to get in shape and learn a new sport while having tons of fun in the process. Contact us today.