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    expatInsurance
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    Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    I have always been interested in learning martial arts, it all started during childhood, when I first saw Bruce lee movies. It was fascinating to see him move and fight like a tiger and I intended to follow suit but never could bring myself to seriously learn it.

    Now I am 40 and more than determined to fulfill my long cherished dream. But can I learn a martial art at this age and excel at it, reaching higher colors?

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    Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    There is nothing that you cannot learn at 40 y/o. Just make sure that you get proper instruction and remember that your not as young as you were, so be prepared to take a little longer to reach your martial art goals...

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    kiyap
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    Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    I just joined and saw your message. I started taekwondo at 58 and I am taking my black belt test in June, a month before my 61st birthday. It is a great way to stay flexible, maintain balance and endurance. Just make sure you find a good Grand Master who understands all age levels and provides classes for 35 and older.

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    Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    Let me plug my art: aikido. It is perfect for someone a little older. It is not a striking art, and there are no hard blocks. (In many arts, blocks are essentially strikes.)

    It will stretch your joints, challenge your balance and agility and more often than not make you break a good sweat. But it won't leave you feeling beaten and abused.

    I started at 35 and have been at it for 9 years. But I am FAR from the oldest guy on the mat. We've got a lady in her mid-70's, who is still very agile and smooth. Also a decent number of guys in their late 60's who put men half their age to shame.

    I highly encourage you to give it a shot.

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    Re: Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    first step would be a visit to the Dr., get a physical and an opinion.
    next step would be research and write down your goals, do you want:
    1. self defense
    2. get in shape
    3. gain balance
    4. learn old style traditional
    5. compete in tournaments
    6. gain flexibility
    those are some thing you need to narrow down.
    then do some research with the local yellow pages and see what your choices are and then finally go visit those that catch your interest. speak to the instructor, tell him your goals, your worries and what you feel your limitations are. Big thing that people miss is ask the instructor what they're credentials are! There are alot of people out there that think they can go to a seminar or 2 and bam, they are instructors.
    For the older student an instructor needs to be flexible in what is required of them and willing to alter some "mandatory" requirements.

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    Re: Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    When I took Wing Chun, there were people well north of 40 starting out. Martial arts is more mental than physical, if you are just trying to master technique. However, if you plan on fighting or competing in professional bouts against pros, it's probably not going to happen .

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    Re: Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    40 is certainly not to old. You would do well to try a few different classes. I think that more important than the particular MA you pick, is the place you choose to study at. Make sure it is a good match for what you are interested in.

    Frankly speaking, most MAs have a lot of similarities (basically governed by the mechanics of the human body). So find something that is enjoyable for you.

    Good luck

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    Re: Can I learn a martial art at 40?

    I think you should go for it. I do not think you are too old to learn anything. Just make sure that you start gradually and do not start with the "˜young bucks'. Otherwise you might risk an injury. I think that your body is going to be able to adjust to training martial arts at 40 or 50 for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold1 View Post
    I think you should go for it. I do not think you are too old to learn anything. Just make sure that you start gradually and do not start with the "˜young bucks'. Otherwise you might risk an injury. I think that your body is going to be able to adjust to training martial arts at 40 or 50 for that matter.
    I hope you actually get this as it has obviously been a long time since you posted it...

    I hope that 40 isn't too old to teach an old dog new tricks cos I'm a couple of months from 47, and I like to think that I will eventually get around to some activities I have previously not done yet. For me it's skiing and surfing!

    You're older now, so hopefully that means your smarter. Don't write checks with your mind that your body can't cash (I love that saying). If you have some selection, try to find a program that isn't instructed by ego-driven young MMA hopefuls. Opt for something that caters to your age-group, or if you don't have selection, just be a good advocate for your own body, avoiding movements that you have a pretty good idea wouldn't be good for you on a long term basis.

    At what kind of martial art are you looking? You may really enjoy something like Tai Chi. A good program run by an experienced instructor will be very beneficial to your body, not to mention teach you some things that are not emphasized enough in other sports training systems, like appropriate breathing. Kuri (one of our members here) may have more to add to this topic.

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    Derrick Clark
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    I believe you can start at any age! Just have to be aware of proper warm up exercises as we get older to avoid getting injurys.

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