Dear Aspiring Martial Artist:
I've been teaching martial arts for over 15 years. My goal is to help good natured people learn these skills so they can protect themselves and loved ones. I take pride in building up my students to be the best they can be – both as people and martial artists.
To me, martial arts is about self-improvement and self-preservation. It's also really cool and fun, and feels good to develop these skills... to know each day you're becoming more capable, more prepared, and more resourceful as an individual.
Also, over the years I've gotten into several situations where I had to defend myself (some far worse than others), and if it were not for my MMA skills, I would have gotten hurt pretty badly (maybe even resulting in permanent damage).
It is for these reasons I really value and enjoy having my fighting skills and will continue to invest in them.
As for training and actually learning this stuff for yourself...
I still remember my first-ever martial arts class. I was nervous and apprehensive, and wasn't sure what to expect. Because of this experience, I always remember to explain to new students exactly what to expect on their first day of class.
Despite what many may think, MMA training is not about just constantly getting your ass beat. In fact, for the first 3 months or so, you won't be doing any sparring. First, you need to learn the basics – proper fighting stance, footwork, basic punches, and basic defenses.
Learning all these new skills requires concentration as they are highly coordinated movements that will test your balance and motor skills. This is why you must be patient with yourself and dedicate yourself to the learning process.
So essentially your first months of training will be heavily based on learning – learning to move your body in new and different ways – for martial arts is ultimately movement.
Everyone you meet will be helpful and supportive, and you will not have any problems or anything at all to worry about. Also, don't worry if you feel you might be a slow learner; that's ok! Not everyone is a prodigy. It takes time to learn this stuff properly, so there's no rush.
I hope I've alleviated some of your concerns. I strongly encourage you to take action and give training a go! You won't ever know if you like it or not until you actually do a class. So once again, if you're interested, simply call me and we can discuss details. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.
Be safe and have a great day!