34 year old nervous about starting Karate

Discussion in 'Beginning Martial Arts' started by john83gater, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Valued Member

    I have a question, what is the correct term for somone starting? A trend i have seen is them not giving people who start or mandating them wear uniforms or belts. So has white belt just came to mean no belt/white belt? :p

    Also, agreed on above, uniform is fine, its usually the first thing you need to buy past insurance. May have completely mis interpreted what was meant by that.
  2. Latikos

    Latikos Valued Member

    Because after only two sessions it's nearly impossible to detect every single mistake you make.
    It starts with the right stance/ foot position, goes over the correct use of the arms/ hands, how the body itself is positioned and than at some point the correct sequence.
    I have my green belt grading in not entirely three weeks, and I still find mistakes in my first kata; and I still find them now, because I realize more and details.

    Yes, these aren't that important in the beginning.
    But why risking to learn a wrong Oi-Zuki, if a few more sessions would stop that risk from coming up?

    I appreciate it.
    And I don't mean it offensive at all.

    When I learned my first kicks I developed the bad habit of doing a little step, before the kick.
    That was something, my coach mentioned to me and I still struggle massively to not do that step. As a matter of fact, I'm still doing it 98% of the time.

    I like your enthusiasm and hope you will keep it up :)
    My advise was more meant to not rush it, so you don't develop bad habits.
    And there will be enough soon, I think, that you train without having that risk or at the very least with a real reduced risk.

    Yep, that pretty much was that :)

    And I totally agree: Sooner rather than later people have to add a little work at home.
    At least the ones, that take it more seriously.
    Which, sadly, reminds me, that I have to work on my kata :oops::rolleyes::D
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  3. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    There's a difference between understanding the gross movements of a kata, and the fine details.

    So, for example, it's fine to figure out the basics at home; I block, then I turn that way.

    But that's just the absolute skeleton of it. How do you turn, how does the body move as you turn, etc etc, this is what really counts.

    So learn the basics, sure, but then be willing to have everything you thought about how that movement works turned on its head :D

  4. Moosey

    Moosey invariably, a moose Supporter

    In my experience, yes, white belt just means someone who has not yet passed their first grading.

    I'd agree with Mitch on that. When I practice kata at home, I don't even try and get the detail right - I use it to memorise the pattern/embusen just to get the turns and directions stuck in my head. You can even do it just to memorise the foot movements by stepping in the right directions and adding in the arms later. Or even just practice in your head. I often go on the treadmill in the gym and run through kata in my head to relieve the boredom. There are lots of options for practicing kata, but memorising the pattern of steps is a good one to do in your own living room.
  5. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    I fall asleep by visualizing kata/patterns. Like counting sheep. :)
  6. El Medico

    El Medico Valued Member

    A beginner,

    An especially useful term for those of us who don't have ranking systems.
  7. StooXex

    StooXex Valued Member

    So do I.

    The rest of the class are amused, the sensei, not so much...
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  8. Latikos

    Latikos Valued Member

    Works great too, if the style has a ranking syste!

    Not sure how else you would call a beginner.
    Student? (Well, I'm still a student but not a total beginner anymore, I'm afraid. I miss it though. So I take that one back)

    Deshi and the such aren't unique to beginners as far as I know.
  9. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Valued Member

    Novice is more broad in terminology, its usually 3 for that one, Novice, intermediate and master. You are a novince until you are an intermediate.

    But all of them work.

    Funnily enough i was yawning while doing them. :p
  10. Latikos

    Latikos Valued Member

    Depending on how that yawn would have been made, I'd probably could leave the mat.

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