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Hokie6260
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Joined: 03 Feb 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:42 pm    Post subject: Newbie Reply with quote

Just turned 40 in August and been wanting to get into martial arts. I have trained BJJ for a little while, but just not getting much out of it personally. I struggled with a lot of things about whether I should even be starting martial arts at my age...is it just for kids? I've been visiting different martial arts schools sitting in and observing different classes. Finally went back tonight to watch an Adult TKD class at the local school and there were 13 adults in there from white belt to black belt. I pulled the trigger and signed up for an introductory month. I'm excited to get started (again).

One of the problems I have within in myself is the slow promotions. It's any martial art. It's for the good of the arts, but for some reason I struggle with it. I am trying to keep an open mind and try to enjoy the process and not worry about the result.

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singularity6
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Joined: 26 Jun 2017
Posts: 958
Location: Michigan
Styles: Jidokwan Taekwondo and Hapkido, Yoshokai Aikido, ZNIR Iaido, Kendo

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started in my mid-30's, and it's totally worth it. You'll need to proceed with more caution, as you won't bounce back from injury as fast as you would if you were 20.

Slow promotions are actually a good thing! Most adults don't have hours per day to train, and getting your body do perform will in a martial arts sense takes a lot of time and training. My experience says that once you get your first promotion, the following few ranks could take a few months each. Advancing faster indicates one of 2 things to me - either you're a prodigy, or you're studying at a McDojo/Belt Mill, with the second being more likely.

Ultimately, enjoy the journey. Make sure you stretch every day (not just in class) and have a proper warm-up before you really get going!
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MatsuShinshii
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Joined: 15 Aug 2016
Posts: 1423
Location: Kentucky
Styles: Machimura Suidi Rokudan, Ryukyu Kenpo, Kobudo, Judo

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Age only becomes a problem when ego is in the equation. If you doing it for the right reasons and not just to gain a certain belt/grade then it matters little what age you start at.

Welcome to KF.
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sensei8
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 14406
Location: Houston, TX
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the saying goes...Better late than never!!

Welcome to KF, Hokie6260; glad that you're here!!



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JR 137
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Joined: 10 May 2015
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum.

Starting at 40 is a bit too old... if youíre planning on competing in the junior Olympics Other than that, 40 isnít close to being too old.
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Bulltahr
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Joined: 08 Mar 2015
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Location: NEW ZEALAND
Styles: Shotokan, Seido Juku

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome. Yeap, there is no such thing as too old to start in MA. Slow promotions? Look at it this way, you will be invited to test when you are competent in what you have been taught. Not slow, nor fast.......
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Joined: 04 May 2008
Posts: 6851
Location: McHenry County, IL
Styles: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bujin Bugei Jutsu, Gokei Ryu Kempo Jutsu, MMA, Shootfighting, boxing, kickboxing, JKD, Pekiti Tersia Kali

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard KF! Looking forward to hearing about your progress!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello and welcome, Hokie6260.

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Joined: 18 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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