ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Essential karate training tips for beginners

Karate is a great way to get exercise, make new friends, and even become more disciplined. However, it takes a lot of training to get familiar with the sport. These tips will help you perform your best from the get go.

Be patient


You may have started karate because you want to spar. Or perhaps you have your sights on becoming a master. However, if you're just starting out, it’ll do well to exercise patience.

Like any sport, karate takes a lot of practice to master. You’ll need to train your brain and body to learn new physical movements.

If you're not improving as quickly as you'd like, give yourself time. Karate involves both physical and mental conditioning, so learning at a slower pace may actually help you retain mental aspects. Eventually, with practice, the moves will begin to feel natural.


Stretch

Before you go to a karate class, make sure you stretch thoroughly, like you would before going for a run or working out at a gym.

Try using a dynamic approach that involves moving as you stretch, rather than static stretching. This will get blood pumping through your veins and help your body warm up.

Stretching is particularly important before you practice kicking, as it will help prevent pulled muscles and injuries.


Practice at home

Even if you don't have time to go to a class or get to the dojo, it's important to practice a little every day, even if it's just for 10 or 15 minutes.

Find a spot in your home where you can go over what you’ve learned. This will help your body become familiar with the movements and improve muscle memory.


Care for your body

Karate is an intensive and demanding martial art, and if you want to get good at it, you have to take good care of your body, even when you're not practicing.

  • Before training, fuel your body with a meal that contains protein, complex carbohydrates and nutrient-rich foods

  • While you’re practicing, stay hydrated so your body can reach its optimal performance

  • Ensure that you get proper sleep every night

Taking care of your body in all aspects of your life will greatly improve the way you feel in karate.

 

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