Just follow these steps and you'll be ready to train in no time:
Step 1: Pick a place to train
Finding the right place at your home to train will be a key factor in whether you actually make use of the training space or not. If you have a room that you can dedicate to only karate training, fantastic, but this is not necessary. In the past, when I did not have a dojo to train in, I used my garage as my dojo. Garages make excellent dojo, but be prepared for the weather and bugs.
Your personal dojo should have the following elements:
- Enough room to practice kata
- No safety hazards
- Privacy from observers
To practice karate you really don't need anything but the space and the time. You may, however, wish to outfit your dojo with a few supplemental training devices to enhance your training experience. Here are just a few...
- Interlocking mats
- Free standing bag and/or makiwara
- Small, free-swinging target such as a tennis ball on the end of a clothes line
Step 3: Pick a time to train
This can actually be more difficult than finding a place to train in your home. Try to find a time when you will have as few interruptions as possible. If you live somewhere with a hot summer climate, you may wish to pick a time later in the evening or early in the morning when it's cooler. Maybe you're a morning person? If so, then get up extra early and train then. A night person? Train before bed. Have some time at lunch? Maybe lunch is the right time. The point is, pick a good time you can be consistent with.
Step 4: Just Do It!
Now that you have created your personal training space, and found a good time to train, it's time to start training.