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What is the Best Age to Start Martial Arts?

What is the best age to start martial arts? Can I learn martial arts at 40?

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Kovar's Satori Academy

What is the best age to start martial arts?

Perhaps you’ve heard the line, “The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago. The second best time is now.”

For adults, the same concept applies. It would’ve been great if you started when you were younger. If you didn’t, starting now is also a great time to begin training in martial arts. In five years, you’ll be glad you started when you did.

For children, many martial arts schools start training at three years old. At this age, the first few years are geared towards acquiring listening skills, concentration, eye-hand coordination, respect, and getting used to group environments.

However, around six or seven is when more formal martial arts training begins. Good instructors will always make classes fun, fast-paced, and high-energy. They create a disciplined environment while teaching classes that are enjoyable. People are more likely to continue with an activity if they enjoy it. We learn better when fully engaged in something that produces positive emotions.

At Kovar's, we follow what's referred to as the SSL rule - Smiling, Sweating, and Learning. A good class is enjoyable, provides a good workout, and leaves students with new understandings or increased skill in their training.

When children grow up training in martial arts, amazing things can happen - they become better listeners, aspire to be their best, and become great leaders.

Can I learn martial arts at 40?

I’m amazed at how many adults 40 years or older would like to train in martial arts but feel they are too old. I completely understand if your body doesn't move as well as it once did. However, it’s never too late to start martial arts training as long as you do it the right way.

What is the right way?

Here are a few valuable tips for the over 40 crowd:

1. Don’t wait to get in shape before you start training. Martial arts is a great form of exercise. Done right, it will make you stronger, more flexible, more balanced, and have better endurance. Just make sure you ease into things.

2. Try not to compare yourself with other students in the class or a younger version of yourself. We are all running our own race. Instead, compare yourself to your own potential.

3. Be patient and committed. Consider the life of a samurai living by traditional Japanese martial arts principles. Approach your training with a determined purpose, attend classes regularly, and give your best effort. Over time, you will acquire the skills to overcome challenges in life.

4. Follow the 80% rule. Don’t over-train, as that can lead to potential injury. Focus on becoming a better version of yourself, taking it slow and steady. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Listen to your body and avoid fatigue.

Is it time for you or your family to start their martial arts journey? Get two weeks for $39.95 with Kovar's Satori Academy, [click here]( or call 800-645-3676