Martial Arts At Home – Can You Practice Martial Arts At Home Effectively?

When you start martial arts at first it can often become a bit overwhelming. There are so many new skills to learn, combat, techniques and many other items. Once you have been going to your martial arts school though for some time, then you will come to a certain point where you feel that you need more practice. Invariably lessons are only one or two times per week and for the dedicated student that if often not sufficient.

What many martial artists do is to setup their own ‘kung fu gym’. You could do this in the basement, garage or even spare bedroom. What is important is to ensure that you have enough room available for your training. It’s not like lifting weight or going on a step machine, with martial arts you need plenty of room in the vicinity to swing your legs and body about so to speak.

So how should you get your own gym started at home? Try not to choose an area with a concrete or wooden floor; this is because you could very well injure yourself whilst practicing your routines. If you have no choice regarding your floor then make sure you have plenty of gym mats put down. Just watch yourself if you are throwing a partner on the floor as you would in the martial arts school, a home gym is not as forgiving.

For best results it is a good idea to outfit your new space with mirrors on the wall. This way you can see what you are doing and that you are practicing your techniques and routines correctly. Decide what your goals and accomplishments are during your home workouts. If you want to build extra strength for an upcoming test, then purchase a good set of free weights to help you with that. If your goal is to increase flexibility then you just need enough space in your chosen area to be able to practice stretching exercises.

By having a home gym you are giving yourself the best chance in trying to develop your martial arts career. I think it is a good ides to be able to have a fellow student who perhaps you get on well with and lives local to you, to be able to come and help with his and your training needs. Two people is always better than one when training for a test for example. The tests are always very strict on how you perform your routine and having the correct form so having a fellow student there on hand to keep you on check will do wonders for your training.

How to Look Major on Minor Money – A Garage Bands Guide to Style

o your garage band is ready for more than YouTube and it’s time to do professional recording and photo sessions to get a solid image for touring that booking agents can use in promotion. That’ means it’s time to work on your band style as well as your music

So how do you up your image and style ante without using a lot of money?

The local Savers thrift store is a treasure trove of good, vintage, stylish clothes that can stretch the visual appeal of the band while also stretching the budget.

Your local vintage shops and thrift stores can have fun, funky, stylish clothes that are inexpensive with plenty of wear still in them. This can be a great place to start for clothes and make a little wardrobe budget go far. Consider incorporating a thrift store run in each of the cities that you play in for greater diversity.

The next style option is to partner with a fashion design student. The fashion design student gets their designs in front of the public or in photos and you get something original to wear to help define the personal style of the band. To find these fashion students visit the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise website or your local community college and university. The fashion department is usually cataloged under the art department. Popular indie music fashion designer Angela Johnson came out of the FIDM school and also teaches at a local community college in Arizona. The style talent is around you, you just need to tap into it.

Social media sites are perfect for finding new style talent also. There are several fashion groups, and of course Facebook is full of fashionistas also, just post a request and see what type of style trade you can make.

Your hairstyles can be a signature part of the band and music you become known for. You never know when big rocker hair is going to come back in style, so best get prepared now. Whether you need a cut,color,perm or weave, these services are best left to the professionals.

If you don’t have professional budget for these services the beauty schools are a great option. All services are performed by students learning with a professional stylist as an instructor. I suggest you take a photo of your hair vision along to the appointment to help inspire the creativity of the student stylist.

These services are more than half off of what you would pay in a salon.

A little makeup goes along way on stage and in your photo shoots. Your most important step to look great in a photo is to take good care of your skin. Slather on a little lightweight moisturizer with SPF to get things started. Follow with spf lip balm because cracked chapped lips never photograph well. Just before a photoshoot prep your skin by using an oil absorbing matte powder to tone down shine before the flashes start popping. You may want to use the face powder on stage on the sweat level during performance.

Eyeliner, or in some cases it is called guyliner is worth the effort. A smudgy smokey eye photographs beautifully and holds up fairly well on stage under hot lights. Most importantly it “pops” the eye and makes them stand out more. Experiment with different brands of pencils, creme or powdered eyeshadows as eyeliner.

Remember, a little makeup goes along way in a more polished and professional look. You decide your level of cosmetic comfort somewhere between Duran Duran and Twisted Sister.

Congratulations on your budding music career and shaping a style of your own.