This question came up a few weeks ago on Yahoo Answers, which I like to review and occasionally answer questions from a holistic approach, mixed with a dose of science and personal experience. When my answer was chosen as the Best Answer, I was humbled, but glad and thought other people might benefit from the information it contained, so here it is:
Easy 10 points: Will this boost my self esteem and insecurness?
Hi, I'm 23 years old. I am, still am afraid of the world, just sligthly...
I thinking of trying martial arts for a month or two to see how that goes. Because in my opinion, I find it very ideal knowing that I can find something that interests me since I am a very motivated person in doing the things I LIKE.
And I'm not thinking of using martial arts in a sense of beating up someone who throws a punch at me, but only using it for really life threatening situations. Because honestly, everyone sees me as a very quiet, laid back, gentle individual.
I already took an introductory course, and beforehand did research on which martial arts style to choose that I like. I also finally saved up money to take the lessons.
And one thing I tend to notice about myself is if I'm paying for something out of my own pocket, I want to get my money's worth. So I WILL excersise. Any advice?
Yes taking martial arts lessons will probably help your self-esteem and confidence.
I did the same thing in my early twenties, and in addition to making me healthier and stronger, I started feeling better able to react to threatening situations. Just thinking and feeling safer made we look stronger and less likely to be attacked. Of course, you have to stick with the lessons for a little bit to get those benefits, so think positively about this, and make sure you enjoy your classes.
Some clubs have different styles and approach, so it is worthwhile visiting a few before your actually join: some of them are more spiritual, some more about learning and performing the moves right, while others are more involved in sparring (physical combats with contact). All of them are good for you if you like that style and you will get the benefit of becoming stronger and getting better reactions even if you don't do full contact sparring.
And finally, know why you are doing this, set realistic Goals with your instructor and Enjoy the journey !
I have a yellow belt karate, tried jiu-jitsu for a bit, didn't like the close contact .