I’m going to be covering the question – Am I too old to start training in martial arts? The answer to that is it all depends on your age in relation to your goals with training for martial arts. For example, is your goal in your martial arts training to become physically fit? Is it to be combat effective? With that in mind your age and your overall physical fitness is going to determine the answer to the question am I too old to start training in martial arts.
Now first off if you’re in your twenties and thirties you are definitely not too old to be starting martial arts. I hear people say that all the time that they didn’t start when they were a kid, I can never be good. Not to mention that kids gain flexibility within a short period of time as their bones are partially cartilage. But as far as physically goes, if you’re in a decent shape then there’s really no reason why you can’t start martial arts.
But there are other ways to match your skill to theirs if that’s a concern of yours. One thing to do is to simply improve your skill in an area that they don’t have. That’s something you can train to get an edge up on them to close that gap with experience.
Let’s say you’re getting into your forties and fifties. That’s when your goals with your martial arts training starts to come in to play.
Goals: Fitness or Combat Effectiveness?
If your goal is to be combat effective and your body is still in decent shape, it is better to examine first your accumulated injuries throughout life. If you had bad knees from football in high school or have a bad elbow from your job or anything like that, that’s definitely going to factor in your effectiveness with certain martial arts. For example high impact martial arts like taekwondo or kickboxing will take a toll on your joints and if your joints of are you taking a beating over your lifetime then that may not be the martial art you want to start. You may want to consider more of a soft style of martial art like tai chi.
If your goal isn’t to be combat effective and it’s just fitness and you can skip with the preparation and just go straight to jumping into martial arts training with the soft styles. Something that isn’t so high impact and of course that will be an excellent way to lose weight or to get back into shape considering the diet as well. You should be able to jump right into that.
But if those are your two goals, then it’s just a matter of devoting consistent time to training and having a little bit of patience as it might take a bit longer to sort of build your flexibility.
I’ll leave you with an anecdote. When I was younger and training we had this guy come in who was forty nine. He first started with a white belt. Over the years he just kept coming in and training once or twice a week and by the time he was fifty four he became a black belt. He ended up being one of the most flexible males in class. It was pretty inspiring.
So are you ready to start your new journey to the world of martial arts?