What you need to know: Starting Martial Arts as a Teen or Adult

Martial arts training in KarateMuay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides many benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. Participating in a martial arts program enhances physical fitness, teaches self-defence strategies, and develops traditional values such as discipline, hard work, and respect. In short, martial arts are good for the body and the mind.

Am I too late to start as a teen or adult?

It’s never too late for a teen or adult to try a new sport or activity for fun and fitness. Whether you are a couch potato or competitive athlete, martial arts classes offer many benefits and rewards. All of our programs follow a structured and progressive curriculum that start with fundamentals that are accessible to beginners, regardless of their age or fitness level.

I was never interested in other sports

Martial arts can be a great physical outlet for a teen or adult who isn’t interested in popular team sports like hockey, basketball, and soccer. Starting martial arts doesn’t require any prior experience or a specific skill set. In our safe and fun classes, students advance at their own pace and can enjoy the benefits of an individual sport and the camaraderie of group training.

Can I learn martial arts if I am already in another sport?

Martial arts are highly effective cross-training disciplines. Cross training is a way to alternate your workout routine in a way that can improve performance, mental focus, and overall fitness. Cross training is used by athletes of all levels to improve their hockey, soccer, football, and baseball performance.

Does martial arts promote violence?

Martial arts programs focus on self-control and de-escalation. Our students learn effective self-defence and competitive skills, and practice them in a controlled environment. All of our programs are taught by professional martial artists with years of experience which keeps our classes safe and fun.

Benefits of learning martial arts at any age

  • Conditioning. The martial arts are a great way to tone and strengthen your muscles. Throwing punches, kicking, and jumping are a fun way to stay fit.
  • Flexibility and agility. Practising martial arts increases flexibility and agility, while improving coordination skills.
  • Posture. Good posture is beneficial for health and can make an individual look and feel better. Learning proper techniques improves both posture and balance. 
  • Weight. By burning calories and toning muscles, martial arts help teens and adults maintain a healthy body weight. 
  • Stamina. Since martial arts provide a full-body workout, training increases overall stamina and endurance.
  • Mental health. In addition to improving physical fitness, martial arts can improve mental and emotional health. As teens and adults learn self-defence moves, martial arts boost self-confidence, reduce stress, and help with concentration and focus.
  • Set and Achieve Goals. The study of martial arts requires students to pursue goals on a regular basis. Each belt or stripe earned, represents goals achieved.
  • Respect. Students are expected to treat their instructors and fellow students with respect at all times – it is the core of what we do.
  • Belonging. Because of the benefits of learning listed above, students may find it easier to meet people and make friends. Martial arts gives teenagers and adults a place where they belong, building camaraderie and lasting friendships.

Teen and adult martial arts classes can be a great experience–if you or your teen is interested in learning KarateMuay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu contact us for a FREE trial class. You can try one or try them all!

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