Practising karate isn’t for everyone, but if you’re reading this you’re probably curious enough to at least consider the idea of trying martial arts. You’re intrigued—but you don’t know if the martial arts life is right for you. Well, I can help you with this.

Here are some helpful videos that will show you the benefits of practising karate, and help ease your concerns about starting your martial arts journey.

Top 10 Reasons to Try Karate

To start you off, here are the top reasons why you should try karate, or any other martial art for that matter. There are many more that I haven’t mentioned, but these are some of the main ones for many people, and my personal top 10. Check it out:

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Think You’re Too Fat, Old, or Out of Shape to Try Karate?

Many people consider age or body size as barriers to trying martial arts. The truth is, if you’ve gotten medical clearance from your healthcare provider, there is no reason why you can’t try karate, no matter your age, size, or fitness level. You will get fitter and stronger. You will feel healthier and younger. There is no reason why you can’t train, and make tweaks and adjustments if and where needed. Watch this video to hear my take on it:

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Afraid of Getting Hit in Karate?

Maybe you’re excited about all of the benefits of karate, and aren’t concerned about your age, size, or fitness level. Maybe what’s actually holding you back is a fear of getting hit. Injury is certainly something to be avoided, and a good dojo will have measures in place to protect the safety and well-being of its members, and protect against injury. But karate is a contact sport. You are going to get hit. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s my view on it:

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When You Don’t Feel Good Enough to Try Karate

Here’s the big reason why many people hold back from trying martial arts: fear of not being good enough. They don’t want to look stupid or make mistakes, and putting themselves out there can feel incredibly daunting. Let me break it to you: you will make mistakes. But that is no reason to avoid trying karate, and your fears are totally normal. Here are some thoughts to get you past this:

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You Still Don’t Feel Ready to Try Karate

By this point you’ve weighed all the pros and cons, and realize that karate actually sounds pretty awesome, but you still don’t feel ready. Guess what? You might never feel ready. But that needn’t be a deterrent to starting martial arts. Check it out:

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So there you have it. Karate is truly an awesome sport. Barring any medical concerns, there is no reason why you can’t try karate for yourself. Getting yourself in the right mindset to put yourself out there and try something new is probably the most important part of this process. And now that you’ve gotten there, what’s holding you back?

What excites you about trying karate? Write your thoughts in the Comments section below!

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