You’re registered for this session at Coach Karate, you’re in a great frame of mind, and you want to shine. All good. However, the biggest hurdle still remains—walking into the dojo. To help you face your fears, here are some tips that can calm your nerves when stepping into a class for the first time.
- A reminder by Coach Karate
First and foremost. You don’t have to be concerned about getting wounded, being ashamed, or being alone. We train in a secure, welcoming, and professional environment. It’s always a little uneasy when you start something new. That is when you know you are developing, learning, and changing! We will encourage and challenge you to achieve your best, and we will be there to help you along the way. New pupils will be coming to you for advice before you realise it!
- Understand the objective of karate
You must first comprehend the full idea of this martial art before committing to anything (and most martial arts). It’s all about self-assurance, respect, and mental and physical strength.
It’s all about peace, not war. Bullies will always exist in the world, pursuing power and control, but it is power and control over others rather than themselves. Knowing that someone can defend oneself if necessary should deter some of them.
Karate can also help you avoid bullying methods such as name calling and harsh comments. If they can’t get you to care, they may abandon you. Conflict should be avoided at all costs, but karate may assist in the event that it cannot be avoided.
It’s also a good idea to learn how a particular karate class operates before enrolling. Every class has a unique dynamic, and each instructor takes a unique approach. It’s possible that you should see a class before choosing whether or not it’s appropriate for you.
- Learn about the practice of bowing in karate
Learn about the karate technique of bowing. Bowing before sparring or doing drills with another person in the dojo is a mutual expression of respect amongst practitioners, regardless of their level of experience. To demonstrate respect for the dojo, the history, and the practice, you will bow as you enter and exit the dojo, as well as at the beginning and finish of class.
- Body and mind are connected
Many karatekas focused entirely on the body for far too long, but when they began to focus on the mind as well, their karate dramatically improved. To learn Karate, you must train your body (muscles, strength, agility, speed, and coordination), but in the end, it is your mind that determines the outcome of a conflict, whether in the dojo or on the streets. As a result, learning to manage your thoughts and emotions via mindfulness and meditation is equally important.
- Always be on time
Always remember to be on time, whether you’ve been doing martial arts for years or are just getting started. The most crucial aspect of this tip is that it demonstrates your respect for the dojo’s Master and other students.
Arriving late and entering the dojo during class will undoubtedly disrupt the lesson and may leave a negative impression on the teacher and other students. In other words, arrive a few minutes early to warm up, focus your thoughts on your workout, say hello to everyone, and be completely prepared for class when it begins.
- Learn important karate terms
There will be a few terminologies that we will use throughout your practice. Breathing, self-awareness, biomechanics, techniques, and other principles or building blocks are taught and practised in karate.
You progress to Kata once you have mastered Kihon. ‘Kata’ refers to the ancient forms and models of precise and predefined movement patterns used in karate that incorporate self-defence combat symbols, codes, and structures. The dojo is a karate school or training facility. As you continue to practice, you’ll pick up additional terminology.
- Be respectful
Respect is the second cornerstone of karate, after peace. One of the most important criteria in preventing confrontation is respect. It distinguishes between a disagreement or a polite debate and an argument. Your first day at the martial arts studio will demonstrate this. Terms like ‘Sir’, ‘Ma’am’, or ‘Sensei’ are how you should approach your teacher. You must also regard and respect your classmates as equals.
- Train at home to further improve your skills
If you truly want to take your Karate to the next level, you must begin practising at home EVERY SINGLE DAY. Karate training at home is beneficial because: 1) it is not always feasible to attend to the dojo every day, and 2) you can practise differently at home than you do at the dojo. You may train on a specific punch or kick for as long as you want at home, increase your physical conditioning – basically anything you believe you need to improve. Do you want to improve your karate skills? Every day, train from home.
- Practise having a clean uniform and body
You might be startled to learn that many students arrive to class smelling less than fresh, and no one enjoys it. Keep your nails manicured so you don’t hurt anybody; remove jewellery if it might endanger you or someone you’re working with; and keep a supply of breath minds on hand.
- Learn how to tie a karate belt
Learn how to tie a karate belt. White, yellow, yellow with a black stripe, green, green with a black stripe, purple, brown, brown with one, two, or three black stripes, and black are the degrees of belts. In general, the longer your belt, the more experience you have. Although your teacher may show you how to knot your belt in class, mastering the steps ahead of time will aid you in tying your belt.
- Eat smart and healthy
Fuel your practice correctly. In only one lesson, you will burn a lot of calories through mental and physical attention, so eat as you would before a workout and give yourself plenty of time to digest. You will also want to drink plenty of water before and after class because you will be moving around a lot and sweating a lot. Students are expected to put up their best efforts in their practice, and planning ahead of time will help.
- Make stretches
We frequently turn to the examples of animals in the martial arts to find out the finest fighting strategies, but before you go to your karate class, stretch completely, just like you would before going for a run or working out at the gym. Instead of static stretching, try a dynamic strategy that incorporates movement while stretching. This will assist your body warm up by getting blood flowing through your veins. Stretching is especially crucial before kicking practice since it prevents strained muscles and injuries.
- Meditation is necessary
Karate, like anything else, should be handled with caution. While it’s reasonable to be frightened and unsure of yourself, it won’t help you.
Meditation is a technique for recognizing and putting your troubles and thoughts into perspective. This is a skill that requires practice to master. That stated, it will undoubtedly benefit you, not just in karate but also in life in general. We make far too many blunders in life because we are frightened or unable to think properly.
- Karate doesn’t stop in the dojo
Martial arts is about more than just hitting objects, as we’ve already discussed. It’s a philosophy, and one that extends well beyond the confines of the dojo.
You could notice that the discipline, respect, and personal knowledge you obtain begin to influence other elements of your life, most often for the better. You may notice that you are concentrating more on your work and other responsibilities.
Maybe you don’t have as much conflict in your life. Perhaps you no longer take things as seriously as you once did. We all make mistakes, and the self-awareness you get from karate may be really beneficial.
- Karate is a commitment
This martial art will need dedication. Coach Karate provides a free trial so you may attend a class and see what karate is like before enrolling in the full course. Perfecting these methods and positions, as well as conditioning the mind and body, requires a lot of work. You will need to practice outside of class as well. We provide a free trial so that you can observe firsthand the enthusiasm and devotion that our students bring to the dojo, as well as the personal development that comes with it.
The bottomline: Don’t worry. You will do good.
If you are new to martial arts, no-gi jiu-jitsu, or Coach Karate in particular, training can be a nerve-racking experience. You may find yourself overthinking certain aspects of your training, perhaps wondering if you’re doing things correctly, if you’re moving too much or too little, or questioning whether that move even exists in reality. My advice to you is that this is normal. We all experience self-doubt and pressure on occasion — but it doesn’t define us as people. Pressure makes diamonds, so take a deep breath because things will get better.