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Updated: Aug 12, 2022

It’s been an un-motivating time for you lately, and you’ve let yourself go. You haven’t exercised in quite a while, and going up the stairs, or going shopping and picking up the kids, or going to work, or going to the fridge for that coveted beer, is the most high octane, high impact intensity exercise you’ve done in a long time. Now you’re thinking, you need to get off your lazy arse and do something. Get moving. Get physical. Or maybe summer is coming and you would like to loose a few of those unwanted extra pounds. Or maybe you have an appointment with a photographer in 3 months wearing your wedding dress!

Someone has mentioned “martial arts’ or you’re just thinking you’d love to try martial arts. The idea of learning and training in martial arts excites you.

I mean, you can learn self defence as well, and you think, - “that sounds awesome!”

It’s meant to build confidence, and you’re thinking, - “well, hell yeah, I need some of that!”

Get flexible, better coordination, all the while meeting new people and possibly making some new friends. - “That sounds great!” You say.

And, get fit, maybe even loose weight!…but wait a minute, get fit? Loose weight? You ask. “I’m so unfit. Look at this belly. I’m embarrassed, there’s no way I’m going into a class in this physical condition and stamina. I better try and get fit first, and then I’ll join“. You say.

Well let me tell you, that’s bullocks! Plain old BS!!! You’ll never join, and you’ll never get fit, and you’ll never loose weight. These are the excuses we give ourselves, to justify the fears running through our fearful minds. No matter how you put it, it all says the same thing. “I am afraid’. And that's totally ok. It's better to be honest than to be in denial. We all suffer from fear.

Fear comes in all guises, in all shapes and sizes. It might be the fear of new places. Fear of new people. It might be body image. Or it might be looking stupid and uncoordinated in front of the whole class. You might be ashamed that you’re unable to keep up with the drills as you huff and puff and want to vomit. You don't want to feel feel dumb because you don’t know anything. Or it could be some or all of the above. And guess what, most of us started this way! But if you find the right martial arts club, all these fears will just melt away into the training floor, and before long you’ll ask yourself, what the hell was I afraid of.

Now don’t get me wrong, new fears will always pop their ugly little frightening heads in and give you a scare, but these new fears are all part of the mind challenge martial arts offers to all its practitioners. It's a way martial arts helps you confront your demons, your dragons to slay, your hydra to kill. These fears are to be embraced and cherished for they will make you grow, develop and evolve as both a martial artist and a person. To quote the old cliche, "this is what builds character." They’re the fears you want. These are the fears you desire. These are the fears that will challenge you. And that is a good thing!

So there’s no need to feel afraid. No need to fear. Don't allow your fears to win the war with your mind. If thats what is stopping you from embarking on a journey into the martial arts world, don't let it! The training will get you fit, slowly but surely, in time. Classes are developed so every person can train to the best of their ability, and develop in their own time and at their own pace. An experienced and humble instructor will guide you through and look after you as you progress, and encourage and challenge you through your journey. The higher the belt level you achieve, intensity and difficulty grows, but always bear in mind, it's to the best of your ability, to the level of your capabilities. Sure you will be challenged, but it wouldn't be worth it if you're not.

So get into it! Damn those fears! Take up the challenge. Martial Arts is an awesome activity for mind, body and soul. You won't regret it.

See you at training…


Pil Sung (Certain Victory)

Vince Serra (First 2 Strike Freestyle Martial Arts)

11 Princes hwy, Figtree, Wollongong 2525 NSW


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