Many people dream about leaning the martial arts for a new hobby or a new way of keeping fit and healthy, and yes you can learn martial arts at home. Especially, when this year has made us all stay in and away from the classrooms – you can count on martial arts to adapt to nearly any scenario.
Yes of course, Tiger Martial Arts in Oxford has a dedicated online class for children and adults to enjoy, take part and learn the craft of the sport while in the comfort of their own home. We were also featured on BBC news talking specifically about the online classes and the impact it had on the many lives in Oxfordshire during the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, if you want to learn to become an elite MMA fighter or boxer, then training at home isn’t a good choice. In fact, most martial arts have some elements of combat involved, so you’ll need to find a trained sparring partner – unfortunately, your 80-year-old gran doesn’t count (unless she has a black belt in martial arts.)
Remember that just because you can start training at home doesn’t mean you should always train at home. If you want to progress further and faster, you’ll do that much better in a COVID friendly classroom with a trained expert present.
Without an exceptional teacher to provide feedback and insight, you’re not going to reach your full potential as a fighter. A trained professional, such as Mr Stocker is here to help you correct your form and work on advanced techniques.
Training at home and training in a classroom both have their benefits but let’s take Football as an example, if a player practiced kicking a ball around into an empty net by himself, then he wouldn’t become a fundamentally good player. Sure, he might be better at striking the ball. However, if the same player trained with a team, he would learn better techniques, such as defence, dribbling, and increase his overall physical fitness.
It’s the same with martial arts, if the person training at home was put into a fight with someone who trained more in a professional and secure studio, chances are the stay-at-home person could cause danger not only to themselves but to the other athlete as well, just because they didn’t learn the right techniques.
So, to really benefit martial arts, you need to experience both the home and classroom method equally.
One rule to remember, you will never truly master martial arts by training at home by yourself! However, TigerMA have online training classes that can help you learn the basics. While at home, you can cross off learning MMA, Muay Thai, BJJ, Taekwondo, or any other combat styled martial arts that is dependent on having another person to spar with.
At home, it’s always best to keep learning the theory behind martial arts, as there are multiple courses available online that’ll teach you about the history, techniques, and the movements of the various types of martial arts. The courses will not help you practice the techniques or give you feedback, but they can arm you with knowledge.
Learning the craft at home brings no specific timeline on learning, even the life-long students of home learning can become practitioners to the art. Another rule to keep in mind however, learn at your own pace. It is common to do 1-2 online classes per week, so aim for at least 45-60 minutes once a week.
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