Martial Arts is a great technique for those wanting to lose weight and also for those trying to stay fit and active. Most people choose martial arts training for one of the following reasons – either they want to learn forms that helps them master their mind (Tai Chi, Kung Fu), they want to get into shape (kickboxing, MMA drills) or they want to learn self defense.

So if you are a self learner, do not forget the following steps:

STEP 1: Find the martial arts style that suits your needs

There are numerous martial arts styles ranging from Krav Maga, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Kick boxing to Kalaripayattu. The most important step is to identify which one excites you and focuses on skills and areas you need to work on.

STEP 2: Start with 5 minutes of warm

Just like you are supposed to warm up before beginning a workout, same goes for martial arts too. The reason it is so important is because it will cut down your chances of injury and also allow you to have a better range of motion. Stretch your legs to kick, warm up your arms to punch, twist your core to avoid spraining your lower back.

STEP 3: Focus on cardio and strength training

Your daily workout should include exercises that work on your cardiovascular health and big muscle groups. You can alternate between jogging, push ups, squats, weight lifting. Another important thing to remember is to alternate your exercises between cardio and strength training. This will help you get a better balance for martial arts.

STEP 4: Work on your stance

Once your body is ready to get into the groove, you should focus on mastering your stance as that is what will determine the effectiveness and adequacy of your strikes. Always stand with your body to the side and not front. If you are right handed, your fighting stance will be done using your right leg back. Knees should be slightly bent and weight should be on the toes.

Remember, if practiced in the right manner, martial arts can be a taxing workout that helps you develop your core and strength. But the biggest thrill that most people get out of it is the sheer fact that they are learning a new skill.

Good luck with your training!

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