You are ready to begin your journey in the martial arts.
Ready to take that first step.
The natural next question is: which martial art is the best to study?
In this post we are going to look at the framework behind that question and build a checklist to help you make the best decision.
Before we can explore the best, what is the reason why you are starting the martial arts?
All reasons are valid, but not every martial art has the same end goal in mind- and we want to match those goals with your goals.
Are you interested in health and fitness? Self-defense? Competition and tournaments? Spiritual development? It might be one reason or many reasons.
Once we have our reasons list, we can begin exploring the various martial disciplines and schools to find a good fit. The internet, books, and videos are a good resource to explore.
Next is finding a school in your area.
Again the internet and online directories are a good starting point, but so is word of mouth. Asking friends and family if they know of any schools or training groups is a great direct way in. Meetup groups are also an excellent resource to locate schools.
Matching up your goals with a school or group still has one last step- the teacher or instructors of the group. Finding an art or style that fits your goals is still only half of the equation. You will be spending a good amount of time each week training there and having a good fit with the teacher/instructor in terms of personality and goals is also key.