Why Older People Should Study Martial Arts

A man punching during martial arts in Ann Arbor

When you think of martial arts, you may imagine a dojo full of men in their 20s-30s. This isn’t the case! There are plenty of women and older people who study martial arts. Preconceived notions like this might inhibit older people from beginning martial arts training. 

Here are some reasons you should start!

Helps you stay physically fit – Older people can sometimes settle into a sedentary lifestyle. A body in rest tends to stay in rest, while a body in motion tends to stay in motion! Martial arts training can help keep you moving and improve your balance, flexibility, and reflexes. You don’t have to choose a physically demanding style like jujutsu to get these health benefits! Slow, precise styles like iaido can keep you moving and help you gain more control of your body while being easier on the cardiovascular system.

Good for mental health – Exercise creates endorphins that can boost your mood and relieve stress. Learning new moves and skills can help keep your brain sharp and raise your self-esteem!

Good for personal development – You may have built your life, career, and family, but that doesn’t mean you’re done! You can always create new goals and build yourself up. Martial arts can help you become more mindful, focused, and a better version of yourself!

Provides community – It can be hard to make friends or connect with people as you age. Martial arts surrounds you with friendly, supportive people who lift you up!

Martial Arts in Ann Arbor Has No Age Limit!

You’re never too old to try something new! You may have concerns like:

“What if I’m not fit enough?”

“Do I have to fight?”

“Will I get hurt?”

At JMAC, we’ll figure out your current fitness level and help you learn while gradually improving your fitness. Many of our students practice martial arts for health and self-improvement rather than fighting skill. You don’t have to spar unless you feel ready and we think you’re ready. You’ll be trained in a safe systematic way to prevent injuries and never have to do anything you don’t feel ready for.

If you’re interested in martial arts in Ann Arbor, we’d love to have you come watch a class. Call us at (734)720-0330 or fill out our contact form to schedule a visit!