Three Things You Need To Do To Learn From Martial Arts DVDs
Some people would have you believe otherwise, but it is quick and easy to learn good karate or kenpo, or whatever art you wish to learn, from Martial Arts DVDs. You can learn hard core self defense, fighting karate, classical gung fu combat techniques. You can learn virtually any art, there are judo dvds, taekwondo DVDs, you can even look into martial arts DVD rental!
Before you buy that Kung Fu training DVD, however, and start doing the Tito Ortiz all over the place, there are three things that you absolutely must do. It really is crucial, and your success or failure will depend upon these three things. Indeed, without doing these three things you might just as well put aside your martial arts DVD training.
The first thing you have to do, and this is so basic that everybody knows it, is you need a place to train. You might not have a Shotokan training dojo, or a taekwondo dojang, or a Kung Fu kwoon, you must conduct yourself as if you do. You have to select a place in which to train and really make it look like a first class fighting dojo.
You need to clear out the clutter, not just shove it in the corners, because you are going to want to hang shiny kung fu weapons on the walls. You are going to have to check the rafters, because you are going to want to hang a kicking bag and not bring down the ceiling! You are going to want about 15 by 15 of good condition floor, because you want to be able to do Choy Lay Fut patterns or work on your shotokan karate kata DVD without running into anything or stepping on anything.
The second thing you will need to have is a regular block of time. I know this sounds silly, but the work a day world survives, people learn things in educational institutions, everything on the planet runs by being in the right place at the right time. So you are going to need to mark a couple of hours on regular days, and never miss an appointment!
Your wife wants you to take her dancing…no! The kids are going to have to clean their rooms by themselves. And turn that blasted telephone off!
Now, you have the time and the location, and one would assume you have the best martial arts video training tape you could get (my favorite is Matrix Karate…it was inexpensive, but the information on it was worth ten DVDs), and you must not forget…you need a partner! You need a person who is willing to enjoy the sweat and bruises, put in the effort, make the time slot, and wants to have a ball! In a way, your martial arts training partner is the most critical item of all, because without a fellow student to practice your kung fu techniques on it just won’t really work!
Now, you know what you have to do, and I want to say one thing: past the cost of cleaning your garage and a few Parker Kenpo videos, this is virtually free martial arts training. You go at your own pace, no one to jack you up or slow you down. And that’s my recommendation for how to learn from Martial Arts DVDs.