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Here Are 10 Quick Tips for Your First Class:
Bring a friend! Trying something new is better with a buddy.
Clean your person. Brush your teeth. Be odorless.
Cut your fingernails and toenails. You’ll be in close contact with other people and your nails can cut someone.
Remove all jewelry. Jewelry can accidentally cut your partner or be ripped off.
Remove all transferable cosmetics. Being pretty isn’t the goal for the class and cosmetics can stain your partner’s clothing.
Wear comfortable clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Remember, you will be in close contact. A clothing barrier is nice.
Be humble. Be open to learning the lesson your instructor is providing and accept the help of your new teammates. Be kind and respectful to your training partners and do your best to help each other get better.
Do not take shortcuts. Each movement in a technique is there for a reason. Skilled practitioners can improvise, but it’s important that you practice the technique as it's taught.
Have faith there is a game for you. Whether you are overweight, teeny tiny, over fifty, or still in junior high, you can do martial arts if you want to. If the techniques you learned on your first day weren’t for you, there will be another new technique tomorrow. It takes most people ten years to get a black belt, so don’t feel discouraged if you aren’t a champion on your first day.
Be aware that a Black Belt is just a White Belt who kept coming back after their first day.