It is natural to feel nervous before your first Krav Maga class. You walk into the studio, there are various people – some look friendly, some don’t. Some might be practicing moves that you don’t understand but look intimidating. You are outside of your comfort zone. These feelings are natural and shared by many Krav Maga beginners.
Here are 6 ways to ease your anxieties.
- Meet/talk with your instructor before your first class. Get a sense of their teaching philosophy, background, and personality. Ask questions. Share your concerns. I was nervous before my first class!
- Talk with other students. A conversation will help humanize the students. They have work stress, kids, vacation plans, etc – much like you.
- Read some testimonials. Besides talking to students in person, find out what other people say about their experience.
- Partner with other beginners. There is something reassuring about training with another person who is adjusting to a new experience.
- Manage Your Expectations. Don’t be hard on yourself. Mistakes will be made and some techniques/exercises will be more difficult than others. Be patient, train consistently, and you will see significant progress.
- Have Fun. Yes, self-defense is a serious topic but that doesn’t mean you have to be serious. Train hard but have fun.
New experiences can be daunting. By taking steps to ease your nerves you can make your introduction to self defense a more enjoyable one.