The first time I took a Karate class I did not have a clue what I was doing. I was not alone though, there were plenty of beginners just like me that were trying it for the first time. Luckily I had an instructor that knew how to teach not just advanced students but beginners too. She was able to teach us the correct forms so that when it was time to advance we were confident in knowing we were prepared.
Many of the instructors I know started taking Martial Arts classes at a young age. They became dedicated to making it a part of their lives and while they were learning martial arts they found that they could demonstrate and teach others as well.
Leadership skills are important no matter what you are doing. Even if it is just an activity you are interested in or as a fitness class, you can learn valuable things from Martial Arts. The ability to adapt to change is something that can be used in all areas of your life. In classes you learn to adjust the way you move for different situations. You use the space around you so that you can find a different perspective that might help you.
Instructors are there to motivate you to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Do not be afraid to ask them questions. It shows that you are interested and want to progress in what you are learning. They stood where you are at one point and had to ask questions too. Your interest could even help them find new or better ways to teach you.
Learning a new skill can provide you with the confidence and the tools to progress not just in class but in life. Martial Arts can provide you with more than the ability to defend yourself, it can motivate you to achieve goals that you have set for yourself.