Re: how much training before...
It also depends on your own personal history. If you have never taken a martial art before, then you may want to reconsider starting up with more than one school at the same time.
Every school will want the same basic things from you:
Respect, hard work and a willingness to learn.
Getting into the swing of those basic tenets can be difficult in your first few weeks with a martial arts club/school/dojo as you learn formalities, practices and even basic techniques like how to stretch and warm up.
The concept that you cannot master an art without dedicating your life to it is an opinion; you need to decide for yourself when you are ready to take on the same commitment you made to your first art and apply it again to another art.
When and if you do decide to study a second art, you will find that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Good schools all tend to have the exact same principles at their hearts and you will be compelled to give back the same 100% in practicing your instructors will give you in teaching.
Last edited by milesc : 06-30-2006 at 05:06 PM.