Tagged: beginners

10 Things To Expect On Your First Day

We all come to martial arts as our unique selves with our own histories, goals, bodies, thoughts and feelings. Every art is different, every school is different.  You can imagine, then, that it won’t be easy to predict in a single...

Top Posts of 2014

I started this blog in March 2014 after about a year after the Tumblr got going, so I don’t have a full year of posts.  But the new year is a time for reflecting on the past and looking forward!...

Stickers and Encouragment

So in my club we have a beginner class (white belts) and we have an advanced class (everyone else). We take kids from eight-years-old and older. As you’ve probably guessed this poses some challenges. You see, kids don’t learn the...

Let Us Be Ourselves

One of the most common questions that come up from men during discussions about women and martial arts is this: But what can we do to attract more women to martial arts? A worthy question and for my part the...

You Are Needed

You are needed. Sometimes we can feel so different, that we feel we don’t belong.  We can feel that we’re not needed, that we’re a burden, that others must tolerate us without any benefit in return.  Sometimes we can get this...

Fear

I think it it’s safe to say that you will experience fear several times in your life and maybe especially in martial arts.  Sometimes you’re afraid of being physically hurt, other times it’s less tangible things that seem to hold...

Blue Belt Blues

We have a phrase in our dojang, passed down from belt generation to belt generation.  It’s called The Blue Belt Blues. Blue Belt Blues n. The feeling of being just good enough to know what you’re doing wrong but being unable...

Pushing Harder Isn’t Enough

When I was coming up in Hapkido, I struggled a great deal when working with opponents bigger and stronger than I was.  I had a lot to prove! I was getting messages from my instructor that women were a group...

Great Responsibility

As I was preparing to test for my black belt recommend1 I sought out insight from a few trusted friends and mentors who had already attained an advanced rank. One friend told me this on the topic of being perceived...

[Link] Advice for a Panicked but Excited Beginner

Julia from Jiu Jiu’s BJJ Blog responds to a ‘panicky’ beginner with a thoughtful and thorough breakdown of the ins-and-outs of joining a new school.  Context and a clear explanation of basic etiquette and expectations can be so helpful to...