In this day and age, information travels fast. We’re constantly being bombarded with information and if we ever need to know something, the answer is just a quick Google search away. But how can we verify that this information is correct? How do we know that people aren’t being intentionally misinformed for advertising purposes or for any other reason? We don’t! That’s why we need to take care to consult experts if we’re faced with an important question and need an accurate answer.
One thing that is often misrepresented in the media is martial arts. For the most part, what little people know about martial arts is taught to us through either movies or video games; neither of which represent martial arts how it actually is. Keep reading to learn more about some common misconceptions regarding martial arts and contact Brooklyn Martial Arts if you’re ready to speak with a martial arts expert.
You Need To Be Ultra Fit
When you see Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee fighting ten guys at once or Ryu from Street Fighter punching a car until it explodes, it’s pretty safe to assume that these depictions of martial arts are inaccurate. Besides, who in their right mind would punch a car? It just isn’t logical.
While these depictions of martial arts may indicate that everyone who trains is a superhuman, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Martial arts classes are made up of lots of people just like you. People of all ages, ethnicities, and sizes come together to train in martial arts and the majority of them aren’t world-class bodybuilders or fitness experts. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do strength training to get more of a competitive edge. It just means that there is no minimum level of entry.
It’s Not Just Karate
People tend to generalize all of martial arts into one category: typically whichever form of martial arts is popular at the time. For example, ten years ago if you said the words, “martial arts” to someone on the street, they’d likely think of Karate. Since Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become so popular within recent years due to media coverage, this is probably what people would think of now.
In the wider spectrum of martial arts, Karate is actually relatively new, starting around the early 1900s. Although MMA has been around for thousands of years, the kind you see on TV is much different then what it used to be. If you’re thinking of getting into martial arts, be sure to do your research. There are hundreds of forms of martial arts that have been developed throughout every continent on the planet.
It’s Really Dangerous
There’s no doubt that you can get injured while training or competing in martial arts, but it’s not a whole lot different than any other sport in this regard. If you’re training with an experienced instructor, safety will always be their first priority. A lot of what this comes down to is learning the proper way to tap out and ensuring that no rules are broken during competitions.
Contact Brooklyn Martial Arts
These are just a few of the misconceptions our society has of martial arts. If you’d like to learn more, please 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 don’t hesitate to 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.