1.) Bring a friend! Trying something new is less scary with a buddy.
2.) Clean your person. Brush your teeth. Be odorless.
3.) Cut your fingernails and toenails. You’ll be in close contact with other people and your nails can cut someone. Open wounds during martial arts training could lead to more serious issues if they come into contact with fungus or bacteria.
4.) Remove all jewelry. Jewelry can be accidentally ripped off or cut your partner.
5.) Remove all transferable cosmetics. These things aren’t needed during class time and cosmetics can stain your partner’s clothing.
6.) Wear comfortable, non-see-through clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Remember, you will be in close contact. Your sweat will get on people, and their sweat will get on you. A clothing barrier is nice.
7.) Be aware that your instructor is just a person who kept coming back after their first day. Just because they are good at martial arts doesn’t mean they know everything about everything and it doesn’t mean they are better than you at anything other than martial arts. So don’t be intimidated.
8.) Be humble. Be open to learning the lesson your instructor is providing and accept the help of your new teammates. Be kind and respectful to your training partners and do your best to help each other get better.
9.) Don’t take shortcuts. Each movement in a technique is there for a reason. Skilled practitioners can improvise, but it’s important you practice the technique as it is taught.
10.) Have faith there is a game for you in martial arts. Whether you are overweight, teeny tiny, over sixty, or still in junior high, you can do martial arts if you want to. If the techniques you learned on your first day weren’t for you, there will be another new technique tomorrow. It takes most people many years to get a legitimate black belt, so don’t feel discouraged if you aren’t a champ on your first day.