Am I too old to do martial arts?

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  1. AngryHobbit

    AngryHobbit Senior Master

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    Well, isn't it a natural extrapolation of being barefoot?
     
  2. Andrew Green

    Andrew Green Grandmaster

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    I'll give you a more serious answer...

    No, with a few "buts"

    Most of the guys fighting in the UFC are older then you. So you are not too old.

    However, at 30 starting some of the more... acrobatic / theatrical styles might be tricky.

    Different programs tend to be better suited to different age groups, just find something that works for you.
     
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    PiedmontChun Purple Belt

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    I started training around 30, am 35 now. My only regret is not doing it earlier or making excuses for not training more while I really had opportunity to, since it really is harder now with more little kids underfoot. Plus, those Judo breakfalls would have been nicer to learn in my 20s:)

    My BJJ coach started well into his 40's, is now a purple belt at 53 and competes a lot.
     
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    There are so many reasons people train in the martial arts that virtually no age class can be dismissed. I know many in their 70s who either are enrolled in lessons or who are instructors in their own right. Fitness is just ONE good reason.
     
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    dvcochran Senior Master

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    Outstanding.
     
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    lol I hope not! Being "too old" is all in your head.
     
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    I started capoeria at 35.
     
  8. AngryHobbit

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    So jealous. Capoeria is so beautiful - like a dance. But I have some skeletal issues that I think would prevent me from bouncing around like that. Too bad - I think I would enjoy it.
     
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    It is a really interesting art conceptually. As a lot of the mechanics are very different.
     
  10. AngryHobbit

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    I am not at all surprised they started using it more in movies. It's visually striking and fascinating.
     
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  11. skribs

    skribs Senior Master

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    Well yes. It is a striking art :p
     
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  12. AngryHobbit

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    Haa-haa...

    But seriously, it looked good on Luke Goss as Prince Nuada in Hellboy and the Golden Army and it looked REALLY good on Cate Blanchett as Hella in Thor: Raganarok. I realize that movie training is not the same as real fighting ability. But it still looked good.
     
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    Ugh! Now we know where the 'dirty' part of the name came from! :)
     
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    My favourite "older" martial artist I get to train with once or twice a year. He's ninety seven and still gets on the mats. Might be slower than he once was, but believe me, when he demonstrates kesa-gatame on you, you are not getting out!

    Not sure how many here can read French, but you could always just look at the pictures, you will be impressed Un judoka de 92 ans!
     
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  15. oldwarrior

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    To old ...not at all but as quite a few have said it all depends on what "Art" you wish to study etc.
    What I would ask yourself is why do you wish to undertake the study ...what are your own reasons...If you think you are to old then why do you think that? Is it because you wish to compete? ...Is it because you feel at your age that you will not obtain a high enough ranking (grade) as if in my opinion you cannot answer those to yourself honestly then no one else can ...We can all say yes you are or no you are not but only you can truly answer it ...
     
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    Yeah. I noticed they were giving it a go in black panther a bit.
     
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    And we can therefor guess what he has nicknamed "dog". :oops:
     
  18. Ryan_

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    I already replied but...
    Chuck Norris - 78 years old.
    Royce Gracie - 51 years old
    Rorion Gracie - 66 year old
    Masaaki Hatsumi - 86 years old

    so at 30, you have a long time to go yet.
     
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    Nope, not too old. Give it a go & don’t quit.
     
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    I have to admit I'm baffled by how many folks seem to entirely miss the sarcasm in the OP.123
     
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