Taking the leap and starting your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is no small task. Many people go their whole lives thinking about giving martial arts a try or seriously looking into a specific school of martial arts, but never end up taking a chance and giving it a try for themselves. Maybe they think they’ll get hurt or they won’t be good at it. But either way, these people end up missing out in the end. Not only will you learn an advanced school of fighting but you’ll meet some great people and get great exercise in the process. If you’re struggling to stick to a martial arts training program, keep reading to learn about several tips for those new to the sport.

Be consistent

Sure, it’s easy enough to simply tell you to stick with it. Martial arts not only takes a lot of physical energy, it takes discipline and willpower. Even if you aren’t able to go 100 percent all out everytime you make it to the gym, it’s important that you try to be as consistent as possible with your training. That means showing up to training every week and not making excuses for not being there. One way to be better about consistency is to teach yourself that huge progress can’t be made overnight, it requires consistent effort over months and years of hard work.

Focus on the basics

One of the most tempting things for someone who’s new to martial arts is to get distracted by advanced maneuvers or tactics. As a beginner, you should be focusing entirely on the basics and on working the core muscle groups that are involved with whichever school of martial arts you’ve chosen. Your trainer will help you identify these traits and teach you the best way to develop them.

Get interested

Sure, it’s great to be consistent about showing up to training, but if you aren’t interested, what’s the point? Do you have that friend who’s obsessed with skiing and everytime summer comes around, they spend all their time watching skiing documentaries and planning next season’s adventures? Well, martial arts is kind of like that. Maybe you only train once or twice a week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in other ways. Want to learn more about mixed martial arts? Watch UFC on TV or watch training videos on the internet. There are a lot of ways you can get involved and always be learning so don’t assume that the gym is the only place to do that.

Make friends

Starting a martial arts training program is all about meeting like-minded people. Once you start training with other people at your level, you may be surprised to learn that they have a similar reason for getting into martial arts. Maybe they had thought about giving it a shot for a while, wanted to learn about self-defense, or they saw it on TV and thought it might be interesting to get into. As long as you’re training you might as well be meeting new people, right?

Be patient

Patience is the key to all of this. Without it, most people would tap out of the martial arts game altogether (pun intended!). One simple way to be more patient is to track your progress better. Since your skills will develop slowly, it’s hard to tell what’s actually being accomplished unless you make note of it.

Ask questions

The purpose of a training gym is to get people from all different backgrounds and skill levels together in one room, so you’re only doing yourself a disservice by not asking questions! And that doesn’t just mean asking instructors and higher ranks questions, you can always learn something from those who are lower ranks or the same rank as you as well.

Contact Brooklyn Martial Arts

If you want to progress as fast as possible and have fun in the process, you’re going to need a great instructor. Our master instructor Peter Lawson is a martial arts expert with experience in the following: Seido Karate, Sanucus Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you have any questions about Brooklyn Martial Arts or our Martial Arts Training classes, call us today.