Advice for Men and Women over the age of 40, Thinking About Taking Martial Arts Classes
First, take it slow. No, really. There’s no hurry, it’s not a competition, and you’re not 20 any more (even though you look like it). Going too hard, too fast, is why a lot of people who would like to enjoy all the benefits of training, no longer practice the martial arts (or any number of activities). Go too fast, get injured; get injured, quit training.
Second, if the instructor is your age (or older), that’s a good thing. If he or she is younger, make sure they know who’s the boss (you!). You only do what your body says you can do. If and when a class moves into an area you, for sure, want to avoid, you can always find an alternative way to stay engaged. What you shouldn't do is “100 reps” when your body is telling you the 50 would be wise.
Trust me, your teacher will appreciate your input. Give yourself enough time and you will not only keep up with the group, you might be leading it!
Be consistent. Being inconsistent about class attendance can dampen the fire of your enthusiasm. Stay on course!
Try out the class you’re interested in, first, before enrolling. There’s nothing wrong with a class with an instructor you’re interested in studying with. Most all schools will provide you with an introductory or trial class, without a fee (if you like classes, they’re going to know you for a long, long time). If a school doesn't offer an introductory, it’s a red flag to enrollment.
By the way, call us on 089 456 7533 to receive a free class at our club.
Tom Callos, 51 years of age and a 40 year veteran of martial arts practice (see his bio at www.tomcallos.com) offers the following advice:
“Don’t hesitate to enroll in martial arts classes,” says Callos. “It’s a wonderful, thorough, and engaging form of exercise. Just be mindful about the way you practice. Study some of the history of the art you engage in. Enjoy the process of improvement.”
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