Welcome to Jessica's martial art site. It's interesting to hear how some people first start in martial arts. Myself it was when I was 8 years old and I always enjoyed watching martial arts movies with my dad. At that time I was living in Wakefield Massachusetts. One day I went to the dry cleaners with my mom and right next door there was a kenpo karate school Shaolin Martial Arts Academy so while my mom was in the cleaners I watched a little bit of a class, and it was nothing like I thought it would be. So the next day I finally got up enough courage to go in and watch an entire class for the first time. After that class I signed right up. To this day martial arts are a big part of my life and they will always be a big part of my life.
If anyone who is reading this is interested in taking martial arts for the first time. I would like to tell you this. Don't be afraid to start because you think you could never do it because you can, anyone can. You don't have to be made of muscle or any particular body size or gender. Also if you think that you have to have a black belt to be good at karate, your wrong. The color of your belt is there to show you where you are in training. You make yourself as good as you want by how much practice you do. I think this is why a lot of people start martial arts and drop out soon after because it seems like it takes so long to advance to the next level because you end up going over the same stuff you learned weeks ago because you forgot it from not practicing. So when you do finally decide to join a martial arts school. Make sure you practice often so you can be the best you can be in martial arts. Good Luck!!