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Essential Tips for Beginners

Participating in martial arts is both challenging and enjoyable, and for those who stick with it, it can be a lifelong activity. For those just starting out, it may seem a bit overwhelming: there's a lot to learn, and your body may not be used to those new exercises.

At Sustaire's ATA, we work especially closely with our beginners to help them through the early phases of their martial arts journey. As a new student, you'll get to work in a smaller group with an experienced instructor while you learn the language, rituals, and other basics

We've also put together a list of tips to help new students prepare for success  as a martial arts student!

Don't feel intimated as a new student. When you walk into one of our schools (or any martial arts school, for that matter) for the first time, you're likely to see and hear things that are very new to you. At Sustaire's ATA, we work very hard to ensure that everyone is welcome and included, and that nobody is left behind regardless of experience level, age, or physical agility. From the moment you walk in, you'll feel like a part of the Sustaire's ATA family.

Stick with it. At some point during your first weeks and months as a student, you're going to be frustrated, fatigued, or temporarily unmotivated. You're in good company: every single one of us has been there before. Once you get past that initial "I don't know what I'm doing" moment, you'll find that it gets both easier and more enjoyable.

Don't just sign up. Come to class! Martial arts is a participation sport, and requires practice for mastery. Although it may be tempting to skip class, you'll be amazed at how much faster you progress when you regularly attend classes. With scheduled classes five days a week, you'll have plenty of opportunities to practice your new craft.

Practice on your own, too. Once you've learned some of the basics, you can practice on your off-days from class as well. Like any skill, practice makes perfect, so be sure to work on those areas that most need improvement.

Stretch every day. Flexibility is a key component of being a competitive martial artist. Stretching those muscles every day will improve your flexibility and keep you competition-ready.

Ask for help. If you have a question, need help with a particular skill, or want guidance on how to take your craft to the next level, reach out to one of our experienced instructors. While martial arts is usually considered an individual sport, it doesn't mean you're on your own. Your instructors and peers are more than happy to help a fellow student.

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