You may be asking yourself, “So, what should I expect with the first Karate class?” To begin with MOST martial arts schools don’t begin by beating up their new students for initiation anymore, so you should be safe. However they will expect you to have an open mind and be willing to learn when your instructor is talking. Karate has been studied and practiced for thousands of years and by hundreds of thousands of martial arts students. Throughout the world there a various blends and styles of Karate but they all came from a single source, and that source began in Okinawa, Japan.
The place where the students study and train in Karate is called the ‘Dojo’ which translates to the ‘training area’. However, it isn’t required that Karate has to be studied and practiced in an official building style Dojo. There have been many excellent dojo’s which were made from garages, basements, and backyards. So, it is more about what is done with it than what it is that makes a Dojo.
It is very important to go into your Karate training with the right mind set. So, what is the right mind set? When a new student begins to study Karate there will be various frustrations from not being able to perform the movements up to expectations. There are numerous students that just can’t grasp what Karate has to teach them, and that is okay it is not for everyone. But, there are those few that will walk in with an open mind and be ready for the journey and not just the black belt at the end of it. However, before all of this the new student must first find a good Karate school and that is the first very important step. Once they have found the perfect school they will then need to walk through the door to inquire about the schools beliefs, attitudes, and goals.
In the next post we will discuss what the beginning Karate student must do next which will make or break their journey through this martial arts called Karate and also cover the essential karate gear.
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