How old were you when you first started Martial Arts?

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Talk' started by Aikikitty, Apr 24, 2002.

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How old were you when you started Martial Arts?

Poll closed Dec 31, 1969.
  1. 10 years old or under

    107 vote(s)
    23.8%
  2. 11 years old to 15

    114 vote(s)
    25.4%
  3. 16 years old to 19

    78 vote(s)
    17.4%
  4. 20 years old to 29

    74 vote(s)
    16.5%
  5. 30 years old to 39

    54 vote(s)
    12.0%
  6. 40 years old to 49

    29 vote(s)
    6.5%
  7. 50 years old to 59

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 60 years old and up

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. Ray

    Ray Master Black Belt

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    28 and it seems like such a long time ago.
     
  2. dmdfromhamilton

    dmdfromhamilton Orange Belt

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    I started dahn moo do at 13 and american kenpo at 14 and i just found out the other day my dojang is offering a nunchuck course for free for all interested students so i just started that at 14 too
     
  3. scfgabe

    scfgabe Yellow Belt

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    I am 28 years old, and I just started my study of American Kenpo. Better late than never, I suppose!
     
  4. dubljay

    dubljay Master of Arts

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    I first began martial arts in the third grade. It was some genaric form of "karate". Then I spent some time in a school that taught an off shoot of kenpo and TKD (if i remember correctly). I did not pick up MA again until I started college.
     
  5. Gray Phoenix

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    I started when I was 27. I wanted to start when I was very young but my mother wouldnt allow it. Once I was old enough to make my own decision, I couldnt afford it. Now I wont give it up.
     
  6. Blindside

    Blindside Senior Master

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    Which time?

    12, 19, or 24? 24 seems to have stuck. :D

    Lamont
     
  7. Knifehand

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    I was 8 years when i first started generic Karate. I was (and still am) 19 when i started Tang Soo Do. I proceeding along quite nicely...
     
  8. Kirsty x

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    I was 15 when I started kupso :) , and 17 when I started ninjutsu. :ultracool
     
  9. DuneViking

    DuneViking Blue Belt

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    about 14-15, getting senile now so you know . . .
    There you are.
     
  10. bart

    bart Brown Belt

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    5 for privates lessons, 8 for classes.
     
  11. phlaw

    phlaw Purple Belt

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    1984, I was 10 years old and it was the day after I saw The Karate Kid!
     
  12. masherdong

    masherdong 2nd Black Belt

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    I think it was in 1983 when I was in 4th or 5th grade and I took Shotokan Karate at the YMCA. I got to Yellow Belt and then quit because my parents thought it was too expensive. :idunno:
     
  13. asangria

    asangria Yellow Belt

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    I started at about 28-29. I finally had some free time from working & going to school. Better late than never but if I had to do it all over I would have started much sooner.
     
  14. Dronak

    Dronak Black Belt

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    It looks like I haven't posted here, but I did vote on the poll already. Let's see, I would have been about 28 when I started. About the poll results, there are fewer people who began later in life, which I think is to be expected. Roughly 50% started by age 15, but about 32% started between 16 and 29. That's a pretty good fraction that didn't begin as children or young teens. I thought that was kind of interesting.
     
  15. ginshun

    ginshun 2nd Black Belt

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    My first formal MA training began less than a year ago, I was 29 and still am.
     
  16. Sam

    Sam Senior Master

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    I started a month before my 16th birthday.
    That was 7 months ago.

    I wish I had started earlier!!

    I do kenpo at a tracy's karate near my house...
     
  17. altondragon

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    I began this journey long ago and far away when i recall having cartiledge! LOL
    ok i was 15 studied uechi ryu for 4 yrs.....stopped, fell in love, got married, had kids and it wasnt until i enrolled by son 7 yrs ago in a class when i said wow i really miss this part of me..and yet it took 2 yrs watching him to actually join...been studying kempo since 2000...guess i was waiting to see if we all would die from the Y2k...we survived and i wish now i had never stopped studying..yet my journey would not have found me to be where i am..so thankful for my blessings and my dojo family. Now 41 and loving it all. DId i ramble?


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  18. 47MartialMan

    47MartialMan Master of Arts

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    I was 10 and was "forced" into it
     
  19. kishoto

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    I was 12 years old when i started training. I am 50 years old now 38 years what a trip it has been.(and not done yet). kishoto
     
  20. TheEdge883

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    I hope you don't feel forced anymore.

    I started martial arts when I was 16 years old. 11 years later, I love it even more.123
     

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