There are many reasons why taking up martial arts is a good thing for dads. If you like sports but want to try something different, taking up martial arts can still give you that work out albeit a little different from what you are used to.
If you take up martial arts, you are not just getting physically fit, but mentally and emotionally fit as well. It takes a lot of discipline ( both mind and body) to master a form of martial arts after all.
If you are looking for a martial art that you can learn, here are some tips you can follow. For starters, you can do your research by going to self defense website Defensive Planet to get more information on the types of martial arts.
1. Ask for recommendations from friends - ask friends, family or co-workers for recommendations on what martial arts may be good for you. Particularly, ask friends who have the same likes and interest as you do.
2. Do a trial period - if you are not sure what martial arts to try, you can do a trial period first before you decide to fully commit yourself. You might want to take a class or two just to get a feel of what it would be like. Try to look for gyms that can offer a trial period so that you don't have to pay much. There are even those who offer free trial classes to get people motivated to be fit and join their classes.
3. Get a friend to take the class with you - if you're not the type to go to the gym or learn a new skill, one of the ways you can get motivated is to have a friend with you to take that class with you. Especially if it's your first time to learn a martial arts sports, it might seem overwhelming at first. When you a buddy with you, you'll have someone who can share the same experiences, and you can encourage and motivate each other as you both progress in your skills.
4. Be committed - if you are determined to really learn the martial arts skill that you have chose, whether it's Krav Maga or something else, you need to make sure that you are fully committed to it. It will take lots of discipline, and you may have to make some lifestyle changes in order to really some changes. But if you do make the commitment, you'll find that it will all be worth it when you reach the goals you have set for yourselves.
5. Be realistic with your goals - you need to know that martial arts is a skill, therefore, you will not see significant changes after a week or even a month. Nobody gets better at something overnight, as there are no shortcuts. Don't expect to be an expert after just a class or two. Most experts would say that it can take months, and for others, even years, before they can call themselves experts.