As many people know, practicing martial arts can improve physical health, raise self-confidence, and enhance discipline and focus. However, with many still staying home until COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, it’s tougher than ever to keep up with your martial arts routines and goals. 

If you’ve ever thought about setting up your own martial arts space, it’s easier to achieve than you might think. Whether you’re just starting out or have been practicing for years, below are some helpful tips as you renovate/repurpose your space, presented by Juke Performance.

Finding Space

Your first step to setting up your martial arts studio will be to find space in your home. A basement, garage, or spare bedroom could be a good spot. The MMA Guru stresses the usefulness of the garage, although the only con is that you won’t have a place to park your vehicle(s).

You can also turn your basement into your home dojo as long as you remember to modify ventilation and airflow.

Keeping the space semi-ambiguous will help you if you ever decide to sell your home at a great value — you never know what someone else would plan to do with the space in question.

If you decide to practice martial arts outdoors, make sure your lawn is even and free of clutter. If you’d like a level area to exercise, consider hiring professionals to handle the job. Look for “landscape grading contractors near me” online, read reviews from customers, and get a few quotes before deciding on the right professionals for the task.

Essential Equipment

Next, you’ll need to invest in proper gear. Make sure to purchase equipment relevant to the type of martial art you’re practicing and it’s always a good idea to spring for higher quality gear, because it tends to last longer. You can also add supplemental materials to your home gym that will make you a better martial artist. 

You will also want to make sure that you have plenty of relevant gear for your specific martial art — for instance, if you practice Jiu-Jitsu, you will want to have rash guards on hand and perhaps a few gis. If you’re into feats of strength and precision, investing in a few breaking boards might be up your alley

Lastly, or perhaps firstly, you’ll want to also invest in good floor mats and floor padding, which will make training more comfortable and will help you avoid injury.

Fun Workouts

Martial arts training can be a lot of work, but don’t forget to have fun! Mix up your workouts with new equipment, like speed bags. When you get bored with one style, switch it up to help enliven your martial arts practice. 

Make sure that not all your workouts are strength and power-oriented. Instead, turn your martial arts training into an effective cardio workout. You can even get your children involved in order to incorporate a physical fitness routine for your entire family.  

The Martial Arts Guy recommends using programs and applications that will help you get the most out of your training and improve at a rapid pace. You can also make training easier by investing in limited-time deals on new tablets for your martial arts apps.

Keeping Your Studio Clean

In the time of COVID-19, you’ll want to keep your studio free of germs and bacteria. It’s very important to keep your equipment and gear sanitized, not to mention clean your at-home martial arts studio floor after every use.

Other Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

While you’re improving yourself, you might as well improve your home as well! Creating your own at-home dojo is just the beginning. From polishing the floors to adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door, there are some simple improvements you can make that will greatly increase your home’s value, according to Redfin. If you want to win over your appraisers, remember these tips and tricks when you’re remodeling!

Enjoy the many benefits of practicing martial arts by setting up an at-home studio. Identify a space for your studio, carefully choose the equipment you’ll need, and continue your lessons with instructors when you’re able. You’ll be well on your way to staying in supreme mental and physical shape during the pandemic.