7 Reasons To Start Martial Arts Later In Life


By Evan Lee

Think it’s too late to start training in your 30s? 40s? 50s? It’s not. No matter what age you are, whether you’re eight or 80, it’s never too late to begin training.

Hang on – how’s that old saying go? “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks“? No. The new saying goes, “The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks.”

Martial arts is not simply a new way for you to view the world, it can lead to a completely new you.

Check out this Evolve MMA video outlining seven ways martial arts will change you and your world:

Never Too Late To Start

Let me address the most common worry about starting martial arts post-20’s: “But I’m not in good enough shape to start training!”

Hear this: Few people actually begin martial arts in good shape. They begin martial arts, then they get in good shape. Plus, if you’re worried that you’ll be killed in training, you won’t. You can progress at your own pace. If you join a cross country club, no one’s asking you to run a marathon right off the bat; same thing applies if you join a gym. No one’s asking you to fight for the UFC immediately after signing up!

Once you begin training, you will break through your limits and build yourself to the best shape of your life. Pretty neat, huh? However, the benefits do not end with the physical. In fact, the physical training is just a bridge to mental enhancement. As stated above, you will break through limits. What do you think that will do to the rest of your life? To your work? Your relationships?

You will begin to venture further and further out of your comfort zone, and thus you will experience more and more life. There’s no limit. There are no excuses. There’s no “too late.”

As Bruce Lee said, “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

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