For Older Guys Doing Martial Arts: 3 Rules and a Workout Plan
Rule 1: You are not old enough to do anything! If you have been thinking about getting into martial arts, then you need to stop right now. Even if it’s just to play around with some friends or go out for dinner, there is no way that you will ever be ready to start learning how to fight like a real fighter. There are too many risks involved. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “If you’re not paying attention, you could miss your train.” Well, that applies to all aspects of life.
However, if you really want to get better at something (like learning martial arts), then it’s imperative that you don’t put yourself in situations where they are going to hurt you. Rule 2: Learn from others’ mistakes! Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, look at what other people have done well and copy them. A good example would be when you watch someone else do a technique correctly, but then make a mistake doing it wrong. That person probably learned their lesson from that one mistake and won’t attempt to do it again. Rule 3: Practice makes perfect! Just because you think you’re getting better doesn’t mean that you are! One of my favorite quotes is “Practice makes perfect” because it’s so true. If you’re a beginner, you have to go through a lot of bad practice in order to perfect your skills.
You can’t just read about how to punch someone and then expect to land a perfect right hook on a complete stranger. There’s a process that you have to go through, and it takes years of constant drilling to finally become good at something.
However, you don’t have to become an expert at martial arts because there are a few rules that everyone should follow. I mean, if you’re not some kind of trained assassin or something, then you’re probably not going to be able to learn how to fight in your backyard. You need a coach and a dojo.
If you’re going to train with a teacher, then make sure you follow all the rules that they give you! And I don’t mean the ones that they tell you to follow after class; I’m talking about the actual rules that they give at the beginning of each lesson.
Because if you break them, then you’re probably not going to be able to advance in your training. However, if you do exactly what the teacher says, then you’ll be able to reach your goals a lot easier.
If you don’t want to take classes, then you can always go online and find some good training videos. I recommend this only if you’ve already trained in martial arts before because these videos are very technical. If you don’t have a background in other fighting styles, then you might get confused by what the instructor is trying to teach you.
I’m not saying that you’ll never be able to do it; I’m just saying that it’s a lot harder to learn things by reading or watching videos. Most of the time, people learn a lot better when they’re in front of their teacher.
So, if you’re serious about wanting to start learning how to fight, then make sure that you have access to a good teacher.
However, make sure that you have the time and money to do it! Don’t just quit your job because you’re too busy training. Make sure that you can balance everything.
Now, if you don’t have any formal training in martial arts, then I’d start out slow. Don’t just jump into something hardcore like kung-fu or tae-kwon-do. They’re a little too complicated for most beginners. I’d go with something a little more basic, but still effective, like judo or jiu-jitsu.
These martial arts are great for someone who’s looking to just beat the hell out of someone without the use of weapons. These martial arts are also great for self-defense because they teach you how to take down an opponent who is bigger than you.
Also, don’t just stick with one style. Try them all! See which ones you like, and which ones you don’t. Don’t be afraid to mix-and-match different techniques from various forms of martial arts. You might find something that works for you.
Now, if you’ve already trained in other forms of martial arts, then I’d go with something a little more challenging, like kung-fu or tae-kwon-do. The only thing is, these martial arts can be a little more complicated for some people to learn.
However, don’t let this intimidate you. If you stick with it and take it one step at a time, then you’ll be able to master even the most difficult techniques.
Sources & references used in this article:
Promoting self-regulation through school-based martial arts training by KD Lakes, WT Hoyt – Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 2004 – Elsevier
Competitive martial arts and aggressiveness: a 2-yr. longitudinal study among young boys by E Reynes, J Lorant – Perceptual and motor skills, 2004 – journals.sagepub.com
The ‘girl effect’and martial arts: Social entrepreneurship and sport, gender and development in Uganda by LMC Hayhurst – Gender, place & culture, 2014 – Taylor & Francis