10 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
From white belt to black belt, these essential tips will help you on your karate journey!
# 1 COME TO CLASS REGULARLY
Regular and focused class time is the first step in ensuring you are continually mastering your skills and learning new ones.
Sometimes life gets in the way - we all have school, jobs, and family. The best thing about part of any set-back is the COME-BACK!
So even if you've been gone for a while - you're always welcome back on the mat!
#2 BE ON TIME
The most important thing about being on time is it shows you respect the instructor and the other students.
Take advantage of open time before class starts to warm up, practice, ask questions, or simply prepare yourself mentally for the upcoming class.
Mat time before class should not be used for horseplay or other disruptive behavior.
#3 WEAR A CLEAN, PROPER UNIFORM AND PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
Wearing a clean uniform shows respect for yourself and to the dojo. Make sure you learn to properly tie your belt if that skill is appropriate for your age.
In any martial arts class you will be working closely with other students. No one wants to work with "the smelly kid". If you aren't sure who that is - it might be you!
Also take care that your nails are properly trimmed and your jewelry is removed.
Karate, or any martial art, is a physical sport. You will learn to punch, kick, jump, roll, step as well as many other new skills.
While our instructors will take every precaution to make sure you are learning these new skills safely, proper stretching is the first and probably best way to avoid injury.
Class time will be taken to ensure proper warm-up and stretching time but stretching should become a daily activity.
#5 PRACTICE AT HOME
Bruce Lee once said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
Most students can only make it to the dojo two or three times a week.
A couple of 90 minute classes a week simply aren't enough to master the techniques you'll need in order to be successful.
Practice a little - even just 10 or 15 minutes - ever single day.
#6 CARE FOR YOUR BODY
Karate is a physically demanding art. Anyone can learn it but if you want to truly master it, you have take good care of your body.
Fuel your body with proper nutrition and hydration. Nutrient-rich, whole foods are essential to a healthy lifestyle.
Ensure that you get proper sleep every night
#7 BE WILLING TO LEARN
The old saying is "you can't put water in a cup that is already full".
No matter how much you know about the martial arts - there is always something more to learn.
You will have a far more satisfying and enjoyable (not to mention productive) class if you come in ready to learn.
#8 EXPECT TO WORK HARD
Karate is unlike a lot of other sport - its demands every part of your body.
If done properly, karate will train your arms, legs, core muscles as well as mental skills like reaction time and spacial awareness.
You will leave the class feeling physically and mentally drained.
#9 LISTEN & ASK QUESTIONS RESPECTFULLY
The first rule of Foreman's Karate is "Courtesy and Respect At All Times".
This applies to the white belt who just signed up for their first class all the way to Sensei Foreman.
Everyone wants to see YOU succeed. Asking questions respectfully and listening to the answer is part of learning.
#10 PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT
We've all heard the saying "practice makes perfect" but at Foreman's Karate we believe that Practice Make PERMANENT!
The way you practice in the dojo, at home, or anywhere else will determine how you perform at tournaments or, if ever needed, in a self-defense situation.
Never cheat your training by putting forth minimal effort. Don't just practice just until you get it right... practice until you can't get it wrong.