It’s true that learning martial arts requires training by a certified teacher or at least someone who has plenty of experience behind them that will allow them to teach it whether they are certified or not. Learning at a school is perhaps the most beneficial way to learn any type of discipline, but the reality is, not everyone is able to afford going to a school and so have to resort to other ways of learning. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to learning something such as this in a non-traditional way. The key is taking the proper steps so that your training will be the most beneficial as you can get.
Choosing a DVD Set:
The most obvious way of learning martial arts at home is getting a reliable DVD set. Don’t settle on getting any old DVD that simply states that you can learn martial arts. It takes research, and trial and error before finding the right DVD or set that can teach you a specific form.
The main thing you need to do is choose a specific style and stick to it, until you’ve learned enough before moving on to another style. Don’t get a DVD that teaches you one style and another that teaches a completely different style before learning the first style you’ve chosen. Make sure you stick to it, otherwise why learn at all?
When it comes to the teacher who is teaching the form on the DVD, do some research on that person to make sure they are a reliable source to learn from, and it also helps to make sure they are certified. Since you can’t learn at school, it’s best to find a DVD with a teacher who is well-rounded with plenty of skill and education. This way you know that even though you’re not at a school, you’re still getting good training. Remember, you want quality training, so make sure you get it.
Once all the technicalities are out of the way you need to, then, put your focus on the space in which you need to train. Plenty of space is what you need, so what I would recommend is to reserve a spot or room in your house that will allow you to train properly. This is hard sometimes because many people live in small places. If this is the case, try moving some things out of the way so that you can have proper training sessions. Choose an area where you can move stuff easily and put them back without it being too much of a hassle. The last thing you want is to knock thing down and break things, or to cause yourself any injuries. Make sure you have a mat to train on as training on a hard floor can and will result in injury.
Part of training in a school is practicing even when you’re not there. So make sure you do the same thing when you’re at home. Don’t start slacking off just because your teacher isn’t physically there. Martial arts is something to take seriously, so always practice during your free time. Go over everything, including stances, punches, kicks, drills, and then some.
One of the most important things with learning any type of combat is having a training partner so you can learn even better how to execute the moves you’re learning in case you ever find yourself in a life or death situation. Plus it’s more practical then doing everything on your own. This may be hard for people as well when it comes to finding someone to train with, especially if you live in a small area where there aren’t too many people who are into the same things you are. This is where reaching out through social media may come in handy. This way, you can meet up with someone who can help you. In the mean time try investing in a training or grappling dummy. This will also help you get an idea of training with someone.
YouTube isn’t the most popular or reliable source to learn from. The only thing I would recommend with YouTube is using clips just to get extra tips. But don’t make that your complete source for your training. Regardless, anything you use, use it wisely and use it to the fullest.