Have you been thinking about taking martial arts lessons, but you are afraid that you are too old to start?
If so, you are not alone. Many adults who are interested in the martial arts talk themselves out of pursuing their interest simply because they think they are too old.
Yet, the reality is that you are never too old to take martial arts and that there are actually millions of adults who are taking martial arts classes.
How Many Adults Take Martial Arts Classes?
While many people associate martial arts with children, a significant number of adults are currently taking martial arts classes.
In fact, according to statistics gathered from the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, Racquet and Sportclub Association, International Health, and Martial Arts Industry Association, approximately 6 million martial arts participants are between the ages of 6 and 11 and 1 million are between the ages of 12 and 17.
An additional 3 million participants are between the ages of 18 and 54, while 100,000 are 55-years-old or older.
What if I am Out of Shape?
One of the reasons why adults think they cannot participate in martial arts is because they are not in tip-top shape.
While it is certainly true that learning martial arts will be easier if you are in good physical shape, you don’t have to be in great shape in order to learn from a martial arts class. In fact, if you are committed to your training program, participating in a martial arts class will help you get into better shape.
Through the physical activity and the mental training you enjoy at your martial arts class, you may very well extend your life due to your improved health. At the very minimum, you will improve your quality life as you enjoy a stronger, more flexible body that offers a greater amount of endurance.
Do I Have to Learn Along with Children?
While some schools do mix age levels together, others offer separate classes for adults and children.
If you want to avoid children altogether and if you want to tap into the expertise of someone who specializes in adult learners, however, you might want to consider training at a school that only works with adults.
This way, you know the instructors are dedicated to the needs of adult learners and will be capable of working with you at your individual level and pace.