Is 30 Too Old to Start Martial Arts?

In the movies, it seems like every martial artist started training the moment they learned to walk. And it begs the question — is 30 or 40 or even 50 too old to start martial arts? Is this an activity for kids only? You might be surprised by the answer.

The Ideal Age to Start Martial Arts

It’s absolutely true that many martial arts begin training in childhood. But it’s not a requirement. When kids are enrolled, it’s usually because their parents want an activity that will help them burn off excess energy, get some exercise, learn some self-defense. For adults, the motivation is a little different. Adults typically consider beginning martial arts training to lose weight, get in better shape, or challenge themselves mentally and physically. Whatever the reason, we’re here for it. At Freestyle Martial Arts, we have classes for kids, teens, and adults. Many of our students begin martial arts as adults, and they’re often committed to the experience in a way that’s truly inspiring. The truth is, it doesn’t actually matter whether you’re 10 or 15 or 25 or 45. If you’re interested in starting martial arts, guess what? Your age is just right!

Still, if you’re reading this, we’re guessing you’re an adult considering martial arts. And that’s awesome! We probably don’t need to convince you that it’s absolutely worth pursuing, but in case you need a little nudge, let’s hit some of the benefits of martial arts:

  • improved cardio, flexibility, mobility, and ability
  • lowered blood pressure
  • weight loss
  • improved fitness and strength
  • improved focus and memory
  • reduced anxiety and depression
  • social connection

The Best Classes for Adults Beginning Martial Arts

There are a lot of disciples in the world of martial arts, and you may be wondering whether one stands out for adults who are just beginning. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. If you like the idea of learning how to grapple, it’s worth exploring BJJ. If you want to learn a specialized mix of techniques from Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai Kickboxing, BJJ, Krav Mega, and self-defense, our adult classes will be just right. The point is, you have options. And the best martial arts class for you will be the one that keeps you coming back. We want you to love training, so take advantage of our introductory offer now. You’ll get a chance to feel out Freestyle, check out our community, our classes, our team, and our students, so you know whether it’s the right fit for you. We’re expecting to move into our brand new facility on Sharlands Avenue in northwest Reno very soon, and we can’t wait to show you around!


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