I have two questions I’d be very interested in everyone’s answers to:
1, How did you choose your first martial art?
2, What is it about the system you have practised for the longest that has made you stick with it?
This is off the back of a conversation with a friend where we confessed to having “lucked out” with our initial uneducated choice. I stared in karate because I wanted to start a martial art and I had two school friends who went to karate (and who quit the week after I started) so I went along with them. There was no deep thought about the pros and cons of the various systems. I wonder if for others it was a considered choice? Or if you too stumbled into your first art?
I stuck with karate because it was very well taught at the dojo I trained at. However, had my friends done another art that was also well taught I may never have started karate and done something else instead. If the dojo had been poor I may have quit and never got involved with the martial arts in a meaningful way at all.
I have stuck with karate in the long term because it matches my training goals and there is something about it that resonates with me. I like the history of it all, being part of that tradition, its many expressions, its holistic nature, and obviously the exploration of kata is something I greatly enjoy. While I don’t believe there is such a thing as “the best system”, I do believe that “traditional karate” is the best system for me.
So my answers would be:
1, I didn’t! I just went to the class my friends were going to.
2 , It meets my training goals in a way I find enjoyable and engaging.
I’m very interested to hear what lead people to start with their first art, and what has made then stick with their favoured system? Could make for an interesting and informative thread I think.
All the best,