When starting training in martial arts, especially after forty, one must consider a few things. Make sure to observe a class and meet and talk with the instructor, make sure the type of class you are interested in is right for you. Pacing yourself will be key, despite your excitement over starting something new.Remember this is a long haul process, not a eight week course. Odds are, you are going to be in a class with younger, yet more experienced students. They have knowledge to share as well and don’t let the age difference be a factor in gaining knowledge .
- Martial arts are not just physically taxing, they take intense mental focus and discipline too.
- Look for a school that doesn’t necessarily go for an athletic sport-specific approach, as an older person entering martial arts.
- Envision yourself not as a forty-something individual, but as a fifty and sixty year old doing the sport.
“Well, this thinking can help you prepare yourself mentally for a marathon rather than a sprint. Lots of the benefits of martial arts training accrue over the years; even if all you want is some self-defense basics, you might find that a few good things done repeatedly over time become great.”
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