Martial Arts for Men Over 40 – The Cold Hard Truth

aikido student kneeling watching two students practicingLet me guess, you just turned 40, and that “mid-life crisis” mindset is creeping in. I know many men who have experienced the dreaded mid-life crisis thing and yes, it’s a real thing. No, it doesn’t last forever but, if you think joining a martial arts program is going to make you feel youthful again then you may be in for a surprise.

I’m not quite 40 but I can tell you from experience, as a martial arts instructor, what I’ve seen over the years with older men and martial arts. The following article will outline for you what to expect from training and what not to expect.

Hint, it’s not what you think (ok, maybe a little).

Is Martial Arts for Men Over 40?

This is a question that comes up more times than you would think. Why? Because older men tend to think that they can’t do something as active as martial arts. Though that may be true if they were going to try and compete as a combat athlete it’s still not the right mindset to adopt when considering martial arts training.

The short answer to the question above is most certainly a YES. However, there are some things we need to address before you get all Chuck Norris on me.

Should You Get a Physical Before Training in Martial Arts?

doctor giving a thumbs up for a check up

Well, that all depends and I’m no doctor but I would suggest it if you have noticed any changes in your body. Only you can tell if something is not right. However, if you have been living a relatively healthy lifestyle and not abusing your body with bad sleep, poor eating, smoking, and excessive drinking then you’ll probably be ok.

The great thing about joining a martial art program is that even if you’re out of shape this new healthy life choice can definitely help get you back on track to caring for your body. It’s no mystery that regular stretching and exercising is good for you and good for that ticker in your chest so you may as well consider learning a new skill that is both good for you and good for others.

What Can You Expect When You Join a Martial Arts Program?

I’m not sure about other schools but one thing you can expect right away is a welcoming and supportive community. Our students know what it’s like to be a beginner, and they are eager to help new students become acclimated to a new environment. We actually have an orientation class for new members so they understand the rules and etiquette of the dojo as well as what to expect from classes.

One thing is for sure, at The Budo Shingikan Dojo, it’s not Fight Club. We are focused on self-defense and self-improvement which, we find, is exactly what most people are looking for. The goal is to train the mind, body, and warrior spirit as one. Thus, studying the martial philosophy of previous masters is a big part of our curriculum.

The next thing you can expect from training in martial arts is the improved coordination, balance, and flexibility you will gain. This is probably the first immediate and noticeable improvement and at 40+ years of age, is important to living a pain-free life.

What are Some Mistakes 40-Year-Olds Make When Starting Martial Arts?

two male aikido students training togetherProbably the biggest mistake 40-year-old men make when starting martial arts is that they think they are 25 years old. You may think you’re 25 in your mind but I assure you that body of yours isn’t. All this means is that you will need to be very self-aware of how you feel and “listen” to what your body is telling you.

Most men find this difficult because their ego gets in the way and it’s almost as if they have something to prove. Believe me, nobody is impressed with ego and especially so if it gets you hurt. Besides, it’s way more fun to enjoy the martial arts journey with little to no injuries or boo-boos as possible.

Oh, and yes, you will get hurt. You will walk away with soreness, bumps, and bruises. That comes with the territory but if you rest up and heed our advice you will be just fine.

I will say the benefits to men over 40 training in martial arts far outweigh the risks. It’s a rewarding lifestyle and one that we promote often to older adults.

If you’re ready to give it a try, then click that button at the top of the page to get started on our 6-Week Introductory Program.

I can’t wait to meet you,

Kaiso Dedeuc

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