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Too old? HA! You’re never too old to start training in the martial arts. So, if you’ve been using age as an excuse to sit around and play video games or bingo, get up and sign up.
But I’m not going to lie to you. If you’re 30 years old and have never taken a martial arts class, and your dream is to become a UFC champ or a gold medalist in Olympic Judo, okay--it's too late for that!
But if your goal is to simply to improve your life—you want to get fit, toughen up, learn some self-defense, develop your balance, strength, and flexibility—then go sign up for classes right now.
Be gentle with yourself. If you can only make it to class one day a week, it will still be worth it. Even a little martial arts makes life a whole lot better!
Yes, training in the martial arts is a little more difficult as you get older. I admit that. In my teens, I’d wake up a little sore from working out, but could recover over breakfast and be back to full power by lunch. Now, in my late 40’s, it takes a week or two to heal up!
Don’t get me wrong--I can still hit just as hard as I could when I was 20... just not all day, every day. Which brings me to the secret to success for martial artists in old age...
Mindset. For example, I tied on a white belt in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class when I was 40. In that class, there were a bunch of terrifying 20-year-olds. And when a 40-year-old tries to match up with terrifying 20-year-olds, let me tell you, the 40-year-old goes home in pain and feeling like a loser.
But when I stopped trying to be 20 and changed my goal to becoming the most terrifying 40-year-old I could be, everything got easier.
So, no matter what your age, accept who you are, what you can do, and what you can’t do. The older you get, the more wisdom you should have to know the difference.
Bottom line-- I don’t care how old you are, if you’ve always wanted to try the martial arts, do it. If you quit martial arts years ago and now you’re worried that it’s too late to catch up, well, every day you think like that you’re only falling farther behind.
Life is short, my friend. If you want to do something, do it now. Otherwise, you’ll end up sitting in the same place five years from now thinking, “Man, I wish I started five years ago.”
Yes, as an older martial artist, the road may be a little steeper, your journey may take few more twists and turns, but I promise, the climb is still worth it. With each step you take, the view gets a little better.
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WARNING: The advice and movements shown in this video are for informational and educational purposes only. Consult a doctor before engaging in any exercise or martial arts program.