Don’t be afraid to spar!
Don’t be afraid to spar – While you shouldn’t head straight to the cage when you start your lessons, you can begin to participate in grappling-based sparring and “technical sparring” (performed at a slow pace with no power behind your strikes) almost immediately. You’re going to get frustrated in class and in sparring. You’re going to lose. But that’s all part of the process. And, as any dedicated martial artist knows, you learn more from losing than you do from winning.
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