Will it be too aggressive?
Will I have to yell?
Will I be expected to do things that make me uncomfortable?
Can I be a physically powerful and still be feminine?
What if I can’t do it?
The answer to that last question is: yes, you CAN do it! You don’t have to sacrifice any of you in order to practice a martial art like Taekwondo. Girls, women, mums…you CAN learn a martial art.
Girls, women, mums….you can learn a martial art.
Taking the first step
You might think martial art training will be too difficult and intimidating and be tempted to give up before you even get started. What’s wonderful about the training is it helps you to combat all of these emotions! Those feelings of awkwardness, of inadequacy, of not belonging and of being unable to do this…they melt away with your first step into the training area.
You just need to take the first step.
Training in a martial art is an incremental practice. It starts off small, gradually building skills and confidence one upon another. Each day brings a new accomplishment, and it’s not long before you realize you’ve climbed a mountain! What you see in the advertisements, what you see in the instructors, is the end product of a long process. You’re not going to walk in on the first day and be expected to be a black belt.
The people standing at the front of the class were beginners once as well, and they appreciate the journey that’s ahead of you.
It may sound hard to believe, but martial art training is done in a nurturing and supportive environment! Women and girls are usually amazed by how warm and welcoming a great dojo can be, and the incredible amount of support it offers to those starting out on this journey.
Practical Tips for Female Beginners
How can you make the leap? Here are some ideas for how to get started. Incidentally, these same tips work for women who are struggling to maintain their interest in martial arts or who are wanting to get back into a practice after having been away for a while.
● Start with one lesson
Realize that you don’t have to commit to doing this forever, and just step into the training hall to try it. You’re not signing away your life, you’re just doing one class!
● Bring a friend
Don’t go it alone, but bring a friend. Martial arts is great for mums and daughters to do together, and it’s also the perfect chance to bond with a friend. That moral support will help you to take the leap!
● Watch a class
If you’re really feeling overwhelmed by the prospect, then just observe a class. This is a wonderfully neutral way to get started.
● Put it on the schedule
Make an appointment with yourself to get started, then think about other things in the lead up to the actual class. Putting it on your schedule is you making a commitment to yourself, and often this is the push that women need to take the plunge.
Even if you try just one martial art class you are a giant step closer to protecting yourself just for making the effort and confronting your fears. Taking the leap into martial arts is for many women one of the best decisions that they’ve ever made, a decision to take control of their lives and to leave their fear behind them.