Originally posted - September 24, 2015
Martial arts training is widely becoming an established and respected way to keep physically active. At the same time, professional Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu and MMA (mixed martial arts) are sports which continue to grow in popularity. Many people are driven by competitive challenge and find extremely gratifying results from taking part in professional or amateur martial arts events. However, virtually anyone can become involved in martial arts, and students have many different goals other than professional aspirations.
Deciding to participate at a martial arts facility does not mean starting to train for a professional fight by making sacrifices to other areas of your life. Self-defense, keeping in good shape, learning a new activity or simply having fun are some of the more popular reasons why people choose to get involved.
With that being said, an informal approach towards martial arts should not stand in the way of taking your training seriously; attending classes regularly and dedicating yourself will provide the best results for any specific goal. Consider that many professional martial artists started their careers by signing up for a casual class and over time became more invested. A good martial arts academy should always have a way for both types of students to feel a sense of progression and comfort. Check out some of the programs offered by Mamute MAA!