Are You Too Old for Martial Arts? No!

Are You Too Old for Martial Arts? No!


Hey. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com and
Happy Life Martial Arts. “Am I too old to start martial arts?” Ha. You know, I get this question all the time
from people in their 60s, 40s, 20s, even 12 years old. Talk about ridiculous! Okay—the short answer is no. You’re never too old to start training in
the martial arts. So, if you’ve been using age as an excuse
to either sit home and play video games or sit in the nursing home and play bingo, I want you to get up and go sign up for a martial arts class. Having said that, I do have a word of warning for some of you old timers out there. And that’s coming up right now. Look, I’m not going to lie to you. If you’re 30 years old and you’ve never taken
a martial arts class, and you have a dream of becoming a UFC champ or winning a
gold medal in the Olympics for Judo? It’s too late. I mean, I hate to be a dream squasher, but
that ship has sailed and sunk. If you truly have your heart set on becoming a champ
or winning a medal, then might I suggest a pie eating contest. But if your goal is to simply to improve your
life—if you want to get in shape, toughen up, learn how to fight back against a bad guy,
develop your balance, strength, your flexibility— well, then don’t think twice about it. Go sign up for a class right now. If you’re not sure which style to get involved with,
well, I have a video all about that. You can check that out. I’ll put the link below. Just remember that even if you can only
show up for a class one time a week, it’s still going to be worth it. Even a little martial arts will make your
life a whole lot better. So, whether you’re 20 or 120, go for it. Rah rah rah. We all love a good pep talk, don’t we? But let’s not turn off our brains completely. The truth is that training in the martial
arts does get a little trickier and more difficult as you get older. Let me give you an example. When I was in
my teens, if I threw too many punches or kicks, sure, I’d wake up sore. but I’d usually recover over breakfast and be back to full power by lunch. In my 20’s, if I woke up a little sore,
it might take a day or two to recover. In my 30’s, maybe two or three days. Now, I’m in my late 40’s and let me tell you, some days I wake up and I’m sore and
it may take a week or two before I’m feeling back to normal. The weird thing is sometimes I don’t
even know why I’m so beat up. Sometimes you just wake up and you’re hurt. No kidding, this week, I woke up and I swear,
both of my shoulders were separated. I didn’t go to the hospital or anything like
that, but I couldn’t lift up either one of my arms and I have no idea why. I thought about it forever. Like,
was I doing cartwheels the day before? Was I hanging off of a helicopter? No. I still have no idea. So, the fact is, I am a little scared about
what’s going to happen to me in my 50s. The older I get, I’m not sure if I’m
ever going to be normal again. Wait. Normal? Did I say normal? Let me tell you something else—how you
define normal in your 40’s is not the same as how you define normal in your 20’s. When I was in my 20’s, it was not normal for me
to carry bandages, braces, and Advil in my gym bag. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can still hit hard,
just as hard as I could in my 20s, just not all day, every day. Which brings me to the secret of success
for older martial artists. The secret to success in the martial arts
as you get older is mindset. Consider my experience in BJJ. I had white hair when I tied on a white belt
in my first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. And in that class, there were a bunch of tough,
terrifying 20-year-olds. And when a 40-year-old tries to match up with a bunch of tough, terrifying 20-year-olds, let me tell you, the 40-year-old goes home in pain
and feeling like a loser. But once I stopped trying to be 20, once I changed
my goal to becoming the toughest, most terrifying 40-year-old that I could become, well,
then class got a lot easier. So, remember this–accept who you are.
Accept what you can do, accept what you can’t do. As you get older, you should have more wisdom
in knowing the difference. (snoring) Sorry. That seems to happen more now, too. All right. Bottom line. I don’t care if you’re 20, 40, 60, 80,
100, or whatever, if you’ve always wanted to try martial arts—do it. If you quit martial arts years ago and now
you’re worried that you’ll never catch up, well, thinking like that is just gong to
make you farther and farther behind. And if you’re 12? Man—shut your mouth. The point is this–life is short, my friend. If you want to do something, go do it. Yes, the journey might be a little bit
steeper when you get older, you may take few more twists and turns, but
I promise you, the climb is worth it. With each step you take,
the view gets a little better. If you liked this video, thanks for giving it a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. Until next time, throw out the bingo cards
and keep fighting for a happy life.

100 thoughts on “Are You Too Old for Martial Arts? No!

  1. 0:56 you sound like that voice in ones head that needs to be reminded…"Something is always impossible, until someone does it!!!"… once upon a time the 4 minute mile was impossible (the human body was deemed not capable of it)…..that is…until someone did it !!! Love and respect your always awesome video's, but I made up my mind a long time ago (thank God) when it come to "impossible,,.."One size does NOT FIT ALL!!!"…

  2. Turning 40 next week. Second Month of doing Tang Lang Kung fu did other martial arts before when I was younger once in my teens another in my 30's but kept having to drop them really trying to stick to this one while my body still feels like it can handle it. I enjoy the learning, I enjoy being active and trying to accomplish a goal and it makes me feel special.

  3. iI started martial arts at the age of 45, now at 53 I can still do more than what I was able to do in my 20's. It is worth it to do martial arts.

  4. Thanks And for me at 51 with injuries and needing to keep working I think I will just focus on doing a few things well. And also try not to let my pie hole get me in trouble Also be aware of my surroundings and. I legally carry

  5. Thank you for the pep talk. I enrolled myself for taekwondo class as a birthday present to myself this year. A good friend of mine who joined tkd for a year is now encouraging me on the side. Yes, age is not an excuse, time is not an excuse – go for it.

  6. My 2 boys are on starting out and my 7 year old has dwarfism. I am excited for them. Ok. I'm a 51 year old Male with dwarfism, if I was interested who could be my partner if I signed up due to height differences?

  7. Be the best that YOU can be; so if, like me, you are in your 70's you certainly won't be like Chloe and Grace Bruce. But you cab be the most able and nimble 74 year old around, something to be proud of.

  8. This is the first time I am thinking about old timers in this way. I always thought arnold or sylvester stallome were just as strong now as they were in their prime

  9. My thoughts on Martial Arts:
    I'm 68 and do 6, 1 hour classes most weeks. I have just now started to play what I call my senior card on things I know I can do but know the pain after is not worth it. My instructor (40) will many times ask me to assist; his way of telling me to take it easy and not do the exercise, knowing I will get to demo it a few times and not over do it. I started at 63 years old and soon to test for my 2nd degree black belt, Taekwondo, so yes it is a great thing to do at any age. I earned my 1st degree black belt at 67, something I always wanted to do but life/wife got in the way. Here is a point I would like to make about testing. When your 63 and testing for your strips on your white belt your most likely to be the oldest and tallest out there. Don't let that stop you. Have fun with it, I see so many bring their kids to class and sit and watch, when they should be out there with them. I have had a lot of younger black belts, higher ranked than me, tell me I inspire them to work harder. That makes it worth it.

  10. Help. Im 48 I have been training in Krav maga heavy bag and TRX for 6 years. As you said, Hurting is just par for the course. Im used to it. The problem is this time. This time the pain would not go away. I stopped waited iced my aching elbow applied creams bought a compression sleeve and it was Dr. time. Then came the news. After x=raying it its apparent i chipped a bone and basically he told me that this is a career ender for fighters. I said its nor my career and I wanted to know when I could return to regular activity. He suggested I take up Pilates. Ok. Pilates is good but I want to be a martial artist. I also wanted to begin lifting weights to improve my size and power. Is it over? Is it time to just wait to get fat and old? Might I seek out a way to modify my training? A different martial art? What optimal wieght training practices should I undertake to prevent further injury? Im devastated. This was my therapy for stress at work I have adult add and this is my dopamine fix. Its 430 am and Im sleepless. I can testify Krav Maga changed my life. Now im faced with some hard realities. Im not Wreck Ralph anymore Im old. feh. Any advice is helpful.

  11. I've been doing Daito-ryu aikido for 5 years untill Oct 1 2017 , bad motorcycle crash stopped me until August 18. My first return classes were and still are painful , but I'm beginning to see improvement . And I say if I can do it anyone can . I'll be 70 yes old my next birthday and I hope to spend it on the mat . I believe aikido saves my life .

  12. Adjust your pillow position and make sure that your shoulder is not on the pillow (but under it) as you sleep. That should take care of the seemingly mysterious shoulder pains in the mornings.

  13. Since I was 11 I started to practice martial arts. I started to practice jujitsu 7 years ago, I am 46 and close to get my black belt, and a this moment I feel so hard to keep going to my training, I don’t want to quit, but I am wondering if those who are at similar level feel the same. ?

  14. Great video. I started training in Tang Soo Do and Kali with my kids at 48, I received my Black Belt in TSD at 53. It's been a rewarding journey. I helped me get through health issues, I feel more focused and managed to win a couple tourneys in the old man division. It can be done, just challenge yourself and be consistent. Thanks again for the video.

  15. I am 41 ….I just got over with my white belt…I was obese a month ago but now am quite flexible.. Sensei this video of yours has given me more encouragement…. Thankyou.

  16. Sensei, I'm enjoying your videos. You are a natural before the camera, and probably could have been a comedian. Your points are well taken and appreciated. Thanks for posting these.

  17. Great video! I'm 43 and just started bjj. I do have a black belt in karate but I also have an uncontrolled seizure disorder. The clip is very inspiring for me.

  18. Each and every concept you poured here, is Absolutely TRUE! I started "Traditional" AIKIDO at 62, and GOD Bless your phrase that Resumes All This Joyful experience; "The Climb Is Worth It. "

  19. This video is funny and inspiring. I like your style of not taking yourself too seriously and your instructional videos are fun to watch. Keep it up! I trained in martial arts in my early 20s but left it behind for 20 years. I have re-started the engine last year in my mid 40s, from scratch, putting on a white belt. Yes, my body is telling me… "what the hell are you doing to me?!? You outta shape, heavy lump of pseudo martial artist!!!" I'm trying my best to convince it that we can do it.

  20. I'm 41 I didn't start ITF Taekwondo until I was 32 and love it, I started do a bit of 10th Planet jiu-jitsu too. I get sore from training but know the difference between good and bad sore also cool down stretching helps a lot and rehydration properly after training. One guy started because his grandkids came and needed a bit of encouragement to go and he's 72! Got a good dig on him too 🙂

  21. Sensei Ando I wished you lived here in the UK as I would definitely be wanting to buy you a drink.
    You always talk very honestly about Martial Arts and don't talk any bullshit, you give very honest opinions in all your videos and you come across as such a very nice guy. Keep up the good work Sensei …

  22. How do you know a person cant be a champion even if they start late in the game? You dont know that! If you can fight & fight well it does not matter how old you are

  23. Tqvm for the wisdom.. i stop paractising 2 decades ago but never lose the passion and interest.. always keeping up with the latest martial art movie.. I'll be 50 nxt year, thinking of picking up martial art back just for the reasons you said.. my friends advised me not to bcoz our bones might get 'cracked" easily..LOL.. but now.. my new year rsesolution, I just go and sign up.. TQ again.

  24. I have done martial arts since my teens. I am now 77years old . When young we loved to fight but as we grow older we want to become more skilful and hopefully more graceful and knowledgeable Life is not about winning but servicing I ask no crown but that which all can win
    Or seek to conquer any world's except the one within.

  25. I will still watch .I can take a joke. I am told that I am lucky to have my health
    LUCKY! I am only a little guy. I had to work my socks off to gain my belts . They are only passed exams .not body armour. Now my love is kobudo. Life is not easy. An old poem line. HE WHO IS NOT WILLING TO GRASP THE THORN SHOULD NEVER CRAVE THE ROSE. Enjoy.

  26. I am 16 I never took martial arts but I always wanted to, and my goal is to be able to do those kicks and get really good at it ( not olympics good) and I’m flexible for my age Is it too old

  27. I am 54 did Judo for 7 years and Kyokushin Karate for 2 years. I unfortunately have had to get both my shoulders re done and have some cardiac issues now. So I realistically don’t think I could handle full- contact anymore.

  28. I started in 1991 in Tang Doo Do and quit in 1995 at the age of 29 and my rank was 4th gup. I went back Aug. of 2015 at the age of 49 and remarkably remembered a lot although lost a lot of physical skills. I have now worked my way past 4th gup and will be testing for 1st group later this month.

  29. My 6 year old daughter drug me into Taekwondo with her when I was 45. That was 7 years ago and now I’m 2nd Dan. (She just received her 1st degree!)

    The crazy part, a few weeks ago I started BJJ so now I’m a white belt all over again! Yes I’m sore but very happy.

    You’re never too old to begin again.

  30. Feeling that… I'm 48, started training a year ago, and it pretty much takes me 4-5 days to fully recover from a Taekwondo session. I'm sparring with 19 year olds, and getting my ass kicked… but as you say, maybe that's to be expected. It's still fun.

  31. Great topic and input! I took Kenpo as a lad, went onto competitive wrestling but forced to stop due to serious injury…started training again at 50. It was a long ~ 30 year hiatus and I missed the arts greatly. Staying in shape is key, especially for those over 50. We need a comprehensive, holistic wellness map; for me martial arts is a strategic piece. Along with some Kung Fu and a little Mai Tai my main focus has been Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Ninpo/Ninjutsu). It's a complete system with striking, kicking, grappling and throws (Jujitsu), weapons and philosophy. While it is not a sport there is a great deal of comradeship and community in the training. I agree with the Sensei here that BJJ could be an excellent route as it is practical, uses the whole body and teaches core skills including how to fall. For me having stand up and ground together is important but you may need to work up to it. I was a White Belt for seven years and jumped to Brown at 57 this year, a dream come true I am still earning. My overall wellness strategy: 10-20 mins meditation daily; 20-30 mins Qigong x 4/week; outdoor trail running, 45 mins x 3/week; indoor gym strength training x 2-3/week; Dojo time at least 1/week; Mediterranean type diet with some herbal supps. The most mentally challenging thing I do is Dojo time; training with those far above my skill, always being challenged keeps you young and humble.

  32. I am 34 joined karate class one month ago.it feels good.while I am doing ok in punching and blocking kicking seems kinda difficult because of legs are not getting splitting much.trying tho.

  33. Wait'll you turn 50. I just spent 3-4 months recovering from a stupid hamstring/groin strain. From trying to beat 20 year olds on drop kicks. I get hurt in a new way every class now. But keep on! Martial arts is good for you!

  34. Second guessed myself about taking grading in less than three weeks because I don't seem to be able to do some kicks I want. Kicks that involve flying and spinning of the body to be specific. Feel crappy when that happens. FYI, I left TKD for 18years at blue belt and really hoping to get my black belt by the end of next year. TKD is my passion. I wanna finish what I started and set a good example for my boys. Wish me the best! Maybe after my goal is achieved, I'll consider getting pregnant again. Lol.

  35. I started at 56 1/2 years old.., got my Blackbelt in TaeKwonDo 3 months before my 60th birthday. Looking forward to my second Dan.

  36. I'm 62. I woke up a few weeks ago with a sprained ankle. I have no earthly idea how this happened. It still hurts. WTF?

  37. I'm fifteen and been thinking about doing Taekwondo for a few months. I quit when I was super little as a yellow belt. Boy do I regret that. Hopefully getting into classes this summer. It'll be embarrassing to see kids younger than me wearing black belts and kids that I know (I'm from a small town) doing so much better than me.

  38. I agree with you 100%! You are never to old to play bingo!

    What? What ship sunk? Pie? I can’t hear you….. no, not talking a train.

    Good sentiments, you do have to understand your age and limitations.

  39. I started karate when I was 12 years old. I actually didn't like it at first.
    Now I'm 13, and I train karate every day. I love my classes so much and my sensei is just awesome.
    I'm going to go to a national championship in May and I'm really excited about that. Wish me luck😁

  40. Started BJJ at 55. Have been a lifelong practitioner of martial arts and boxing, but this is something else. The carryover to BJJ is mostly mental. Tenacity and understanding that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Enjoying being a white belt again. I do not endorse this to my friends. Most 55 yo are not prepared in any way for BJJ or any other really vigorous training , ie , boxing. Although the rewards can be great, the risks are great too. Rolling and hard contact sparring are best left to the young or experienced. Without rolling and contact sparring there are still benefits, but greatly reduced. Nothing that you couldn’t get from yoga and weight training.

  41. Here's a secret to make your body very durable ( not recommended for 40+ peoples ) :

    1. 100 push ups
    2. 10 km jog
    3. 100 sit-ups
    4. 100 star jump
    And the most important part
    5. 50 deep breaths

    Well it's actually not a joke but it's real as I've been doing it for 7 months and my body got sturdier and sturdier.

  42. I'm 53, going for the Gold in 2020… Piekwondo baby, lol,
    It's all about getting Used To Feeling like you're Burt Reynolds in "Hooper".
    Another Great Video, Thanks Ando.

  43. Great video; the only thing I'd add is that "martial arts" is a very broad term. Taking up Jiu Jitsu is one thing – very different than striking like boxing, Tae Kwon Do or Muay Thai where you get punched and kicked in the body and head.
    Training is also very different that sparring – kicking bags and mitts is great exercise, but sparring with a live opponent is a whole different ballgame, and not a good idea for 40+ year olds!)

  44. I started doing martial art at age 20….can i do something great…nd plzzz tell how many hour i do practice to become world level martial artist….plzzz rply sir🙏🙏🙏

  45. Ando is so right. If you are a senior beginning or getting back into martial arts (got back into it after 35yr break), don't try and keep up with the juniors (like I tried to do! and paid for it). Go your own pace. If you're a black belt senior it's hard because you want to set an example, but you have to look after yourself. I'm 65 and why do I keep practising martial arts? Because damn straight it's fun! And I kid you not I know more now about self-defence than I ever did when I trained in the 80's. You've got all these negative people knocking the martial arts. Just keep an open mind. You'll work out the good stuff.

  46. I am 18 years old. İs this too late for becoming a good judoka? Can I become a republic or European champion?

  47. I'm on my late 40s in good shape never done MA before in my life also was pro swimmer my early 20s would you or any one recommend which Martial Art will be good for me😁. Peace and love to you all🙂

  48. I have this fear of after earning my blue or purple belt that some 2nd day white belt walks in and kicks my ass and what little pride I had lol

  49. I am 54 years old and I started 10 months ago I'm competing in my first tournament today I feel wonderful I have lost 70 lbs. But of course I've been limited all chemicals in food treated with chemicals out of my diet. Do yourself a favor Sensei research where canola oil comes from. And the plant it comes from. Thanks so much for your videos

  50. I agree that you're never too old to train but I think the main things you have to keep in mind are that #1 you're not going to go from a state of being super out of shape, overweight and having absolutely NO activity in your life to being even OK in two or three months. More and more I'm seeing folks 20-30 years younger than myself who look like rolls of cookie dough and they've either done no athletic activity ever or the last time they did anything like that was in high school. If you haven't engaged in any athletic activity in more than 5 years then you might be better served in joining a gym and having a professional design a good workout and diet plan for yourself first then after developing some strength, endurance and flexibility finding a martial arts instructor. Most martials arts I've been exposed to try to incorporate some type of cardiovascular training, plyometrics and resistance training into their classes but for a person who is in NO shape at all, that's going to most likely hurt them very quickly. #2 I disagree with the video that 'even once a week will do some good.' Most of the research has shown that in physical training of any type, a minimum of 3 times per week is required to see regular, consistent improvements in strength and performance. Again, for a person with NO prior activity doing an activity once a week is going to result in very little benefit, if any. For a person who isn't athletically inclined once a week is too little for them to grasp and be able to repeat techniques correctly which most likely will result in them quitting very quickly because they will experience virtually no improvement and growth. #3 older people starting a new martial arts plan need to be very realistic in their expectations as you sort of mention early in the video. At 40 years old and older you have statistically no chance of becoming a professional fighter nor will you likely be a 'black belt' within a short period of time like 5 years or so, if at all. Earning an advanced belt is possible even for late starters but anything less than 8-10 years of training before doing so most likely results from a martial arts McDojo or instructors that are less concerned with honest instruction and student development than they are with collecting testing fees by handing out belt promotions left and right. #4 Most martial arts students who aren't already flexible tend to neglect improving their flexibility earnestly. Most try to shortcut stretching but try to kick higher and faster in class each week which results in worrisome and very persistent injuries that don't want to heal, especially for those over their mid 20's and to an even worse degree for 40 to 60 year olds. So yes, never too old to train but you need to be very realistic and you'll be way better off committing more than 'once a week' to the endeavor. I myself am no instructor however, I've been doing martial arts for a while and I've been training in weights and other stuff since high school off and on an I'm 52 now so I kind of know something of what I'm talking about.

  51. Younger isn't always stronger. No way. People automatically think a younger guy (like for example someone in his 20's) will always be stronger or will win against someone in his 40's. NOT true. You've seen older boxers beat the crap out of much younger ones. Also, Usain Bolt is a good example of winning against much younger guys. I don't care if he lost in the last Olympics because one fraction of a second isn't really "losing". It proved that he could still match much younger guys in speed. Really, 1/10 of second isn't considered "weaker". I know some guys in their mid or late 40's who would beat the crap out of any 20 something guy. My uncle is in his mid 70's and he still does pushups every day and his body (arms) are as hard if not harder than a young man's arms. I'm "middle age" but when I ride my bicycle I ride fast and not only do I keep up with much younger guys going fast but I also beat many of them especially going uphill even though I've just started riding a couple of months back and I also I have some lung problem that makes it hard for me to take in a deep breath and I usually ride for around 40 KMs straight after coming back from work (doing 7 hours of wood floor or stair installation and going up and down the stairs like 100 times a day and squatting all day long….). And I've had joint pain for most of my life too.

    I'm just now thinking about joining a gym and also taking up Wing Chun or Krav Maga or maybe both, things I've always wanted to do since I was in my teens but thanks to so many hardships and circumstances in my life never had the chance to do. I also just started doing at least 100 pushups a day despite the shoulder and elbow pain and all…

    I firmly believe if you let your body be inactive and sedentary you will age and lose your body strength and flexibility much faster. You should always stay active.

  52. I started karate with my grandson just before my 70th birthday. 18 months later, my weight is what it was in my army days, I feel wonderful and I can move! My type-2 diabetes is well controlled along with my high blood pressure. I'm on my way to a black belt. Keep fighting!

  53. im 41,, i have done martial arts before,, but a long time ago, i do want to get back in shape i want to be able to fight again,, im a veteran,, i have fort in some of the most dangerous places on earth,, but with guns cannons and bayonets,, military training teaches you to kill,,, would some one like me be able to start martial arts after all that,,, you tell me,, Iv put my young daughter into BMMA (brutish military martial arts,, unfortunately the instructor shut down the school due to some sort of insurance scam.. she is nine and a green belt. level 8. so now we are attending all these trials for her to find a suitable substitute so she can continue,, i just wander maybe i should get back into it but i suffer from ptsd and have anger issues with any one who is a threat… so should i try or stay away.

  54. I’m over 40. I achieved my black belt back in high school and was very big on competing. I stopped practicing in college. Now I’m getting back into it but it’s tough. Thanks for the words of encouragement!!!😄

  55. I'm 55, beat up retired cop and I have been training Tien Shan pia Kung fu for 6 years, also have 6 months of Jiu jitsu now. In my high school years I wrestled, and trained judo for 4 years in the Air Force. So no your never to old, but remember to set your pace when training or sparing with people a lot younger than your self. Train safely!

  56. Started at 42, 1st class I very quickly realised I had to change my whole life to make black belt…that is still my personal goal today, I eat well, train hard in and out of class, I’ve lost loads of fat and gained muscle, now black belt is around the corner. Getting started is the hardest part, join a class put your white belt on and wear it with pride. If I can do it so can you..enjoy the journey…u will be amazed..

  57. My 40th birthday present to myself next year is to step in the cage for an amateur mma fight. I started training BJJ at 36, this year I’ve added more stand up work and found your channel looking for info about better striking. For the record, you can win lots of metals grappling at this age and there’s even a good chance I won’t get slaughtered in the cage Lol! Until then, love your channel, thanks for all the great content!

  58. GOD I LOVE THIS… ha. YOu're GREAT- should be in TV or movies.. BUT youare TRUTHFUL and ACCURATE.. especially in going to sleep and drooling!! ha. i have a 5th dan in Kenpo, 3rd in aikkdo, and high ranking in jeet kune do, as well as military special forces training… and I HURT so bad i can barely stand it- but then, I've been dropped out of choppers (no rope). , stabbed, shot, and mashed between two trucks– and the hurt from the martial arts classes is NOTHING compared t that- and YES it is all down to MINDSET!! GREAT JOB!!!

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