What to Expect at Your First Martial Arts Class

Hi everyone, welcome back to my sports and fitness blog, Renshinkan. As I’ve previously mentioned I love Martial arts, and have personally tried out many different classes and martial art styles.  And whilst each class is different, there are many similarities between the classes and what to expect for your first lesson.

The first step to trying out a martial arts class is to decide which martial arts style you are most interested in. Each style has different strengths and weaknesses, and will teach you something different.  For example, Jiu Jitsu is great for self defense, whilst Kung fu is great for coordination and gaining muscles.  I’ve discussed Jiu Jitsu in detail in my previous blog post here; http://renshinkan.co.uk/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/.

What You Will be Wearing

Each martial arts class will come with different requirements and slightly different items to wear. However, for the most part as standard you should expect to purchase a full uniform.  This will be made up of trousers, a jacket, often referred to as a Gi, and a belt.  It can be a good idea to purchase some spare trousers, particularly if you want to practice more often.  I’ve purchased some great cheap black martial arts trousers for the best price at https://www.easyprices.com/fashion/black-martial-arts-pants-sale. As most martial arts are inside you will likely practice barefoot, however some people like wearing trainers in which case you can purchase taekwondo shoes.

Jiu jitsu (Martial Arts)

What to Wear Under Your Martial Arts Gi

Sometimes Gis and martial arts uniforms can be made up of thin materials. When this is the case they can often appear see through during harder techniques. If you practice outside or in large open rooms it can also get quite cold. I like to wear cycling shorts, or yoga shorts underneath my gi.  I prefer compression gear as it stays dry during the workout and training, as well as helping to reduce muscle tiredness.  There are some great bargains online for cheap price at https://www.easyprices.com/fashion/yoga-shorts-price. If you’re a woman you might also want to invest in a high quality sports bra, as the sport can be fairly strenuous.  

Sports bra and yoga shorts

How to Behave

One of the biggest things in martial arts is respect. It is one of the most important things to remember, and a must for your first few lessons. Not only do you need to be respectful of your sensei but you should also be respectful of everyone else in your class. From bowing, to fist bumping and pats on the back, there are plenty of ways to show your respect. It is also completely normal for you to be unsure on the processes, and to have to get used to the class structure and drills, however if you’ve taken any other martial arts classes you might be used to it. If you want to practice at home it can also be a good idea to purchase your own training equipment.  I bought a great kick bag from www.easyprices.com.


Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog, and I hope this post has helped anyone with what to expect in their first martial arts class.  Please check out my latest blog post on the Las Vegas Golden Knights.