Yes, anyone can learn a martial art and at any age! Well, within reason…! In my opinion, providing you have a positive attitude and are serious enough to give a new form of exercise a proper go, then there should be no significant age or ability constrictions.
Common sense would probably tell you that if you’re very elderly and are not in very good shape physically (either you’re sick or simply haven’t looked after yourself very well), then attempting to learn a martial art, might just be a step (or karate chop!) too far. But provided you have no serious underlying health conditions or disabilities that would prevent you from practicing a martial art, then there should be nothing to stop you from giving it a go.
At what age can children begin learning a martial art?
Many believe that the early developmental stage in a child’s life, between the ages of 3 and 6, is perhaps the best time to begin teaching them new things like a martial art, since at this age they are incredibly open to learning new skills, provided it’s within a fun and interactive atmosphere. Kids of this age will learn the art of focus, memory, discipline, coordination, balance, fitness and teamwork, through whatever martial art discipline they begin to practice, and each one of these skills will undoubtedly help them as they grow and adapt to new challenges.
What if I’m not physically fit, can I still practice martial arts?
Not being in peak physical condition is certainly no barrier to learning a martial art, but it would be helpful to be reasonably fit and healthy before starting out. You will of course gain strength and physical prowess the longer you practice, but being able to pick yourself up off of the floor, bend down and move with ease as a minimum, would be beneficial! It’s also recommended that you warm up before you begin your class – and this can be done either at home or at the place where you’ll be taking the class – to avoid damaging your muscles and prevent you from feeling too sore the next day! Cooling down after your class is equally as important, as is staying hydrated throughout. Eating the right kinds of foods will also help if you’re looking to stay in shape as well as gaining physical strength and flexibility through martial arts, and while a balanced diet is the best course of action, eating carbs on the day of your class can help you to stay energised.