Are you considering taking martial arts lessons, but you’ve heard some rumors about martial arts you’re not sure are true?
When it comes to martial arts, myths and misconceptions are as varied as the techniques they teach.
Following are five common myths that people have about the martial arts and how they simply aren’t true.
1. It will take years before I can defend myself
It’s true the time it takes varies from martial arts school to school, instructor to instructor. Not all programs approach self-defense the same way. However, that doesn’t mean it will take you years to become capable in a self defense situation. Factors that reduce the timeframe include the frequency you attend class and practice on your own. In general, it can take anywhere from three months to a year of study and primarily depends on the intensity and frequency of how much you train real self-defense situations.
2. There is a high risk of injury
While it’s true you can get hurt in any physical activity, the likelihood of this happening in martial arts training is usually very low. Yes, injuries can and do happen. After all, you’re learning how to protect yourself which involves strikes, joint locks and chokes. Some times you’re applying them, sometimes they’re being applied to you. To minimize the danger, be sure to warmup and cool down properly. Wear protective equipment and do not try to do things outside of your skill level. Be sure to regularly communicate with your training partner. If they apply moves outside of your comfort level, be sure to tell them. Set boundaries before you start training with a partner, not after.
3. I need to be in shape or flexible to start learning
Most people who start martial arts classes are not in shape and can’t even touch their toes. With regular training and practice, these are byproducts of training. Don’t put off your training because you think you need to be in shape or have to be able to touch your toes, first. You don’t.
4. It’s hard to find a good place to train
The internet has helped make things much simpler because most martial arts schools have websites. There you will be able to find information that can help you make a better choice before ever stepping in the door or picking up the phone to call them. Be sure to read reviews on websites like Google, Yelp and Super Pages. You can also usually find their Facebook page where you can find specials and discounts they might not advertise on their website.
5. It’s expensive
While it’s true there are many schools who charge $200 (or more) a month, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more reasonably price alternatives. It all comes down to doing a little research. In general, martial arts schools charge anywhere from $85-$150 a month. Note that many martial arts school lead with a low monthly price but don’t always disclose belt testing fees, membership or required equipment fees when you ask how much it costs. Be sure you ask about all costs involved, not just about the monthly training fees. Finding reasonably priced alternatives is easier than you might think. You just have to ask.