Before committing yourself to something, think about it on all aspects – it will help you clear your mind on the decision and make a wise one. Why I’m saying this is because I met up with one of my friends who wanted to find a good martial arts class for his little son. He asked if I knew any good classes. Most people take up martial arts because they want to learn the art of defending themselves. My friend had seen this movie about karate, which inspired him and obviously his little son to start looking for martial arts classes.
Whatever the reason for taking up martial arts, you should know some basic facts about the art form. Martial arts whether it is karate, tai-chi, judo, archery, fencing, jiu-jitsu etc consists of three key elements.
- Fighting skills which deals in winning a fight or entering a competition
- Self-protection skills where self-defense threat awareness and avoidance are taught and
- Budo or martial ways which helps in the traditional skills, character development etc.
These three elements overlap in activities that help in improving fitness, escaping a fight and controlling anger or ego during intensive fights, self-defense releases, grappling techniques etc.
I myself attend brazilian jiu jitsu classes and find them very beneficial. I decided to get myself an Fuji Sekai Gi, as it is very durable and keen looking. Kyushindo is a non-combative form, which does not involve competitive fighting techniques but instead concentrates on enhancing health and wellbeing, and teach the self-protection techniques. Students are rewarded with grades when they show improvement in their skills and show a definite proficiency in the art and also a strong commitment.
Budo style is for kids only and for them martial arts is just another way to have fun filled activities and enjoy them. The Budo format improves balance, strength, co-ordination and also self-confidence. There are students who have found better concentration skills because of attending the martial arts classes.
The competitive format is for young adults and for adults the martial arts forms a way to develop character, fitness, and internal training. Martial art training is thus fit for all age groups and promotes both individual training and development and also encourages group interaction.
For any type of marital arts class you need a kimono. There are many places where martial arts training are taught in Norfolk. Some of the more commonly known classes include Brazilian Top Team Norwich, Eastern Shotokan Karate Association, Family Boxercise, Han Mu Do, Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu, Ko Yama Ryu-Goshin Jitsu and many others. All these are mostly for kids and have good training sessions for kids ranging from four years.
While there are many classes available choosing a good one depends on how effective the instructor is. Some of the qualities that an instructor should possess are a passion for practicing the particular art form and for teaching it. Good knowledge in more than one art form should also be present. Understanding the needs of the students and their interests and teaching the skill accordingly is another requisite in a skilled teacher.