Why Your 30s Is A Great Time To Start Martial Arts

Filipino mixed martial artist Kevin Belingon stands next to a heavy bag at Team Lakay's gym

If you’re in your 30s and think it’s too late to start training in martial arts, you could be mistaken.

Just because you didn’t reap the benefits of joining a gym at a young age, doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of learning a martial art now.

Below are a handful of reasons why starting a discipline in your 30s is a great idea.

You Meet New People

Let’s face it – when you’re in your 30s, you tend to get more comfortable and venture out of your social groups less and less.

When you do go out, it might be with your old college friends or with coworkers for happy hour.

But eventually, you’ll want to meet new people with similar interests, and joining a martial arts gym is the perfect way to do that.

When you learn martial arts, you engage with positive-minded people who do productive things.

Like ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, you might even meet your significant other at a martial arts gym.

You Become A Better Coworker

Training in martial arts offers many benefits for office life. But one of the main reasons you should train is because no one likes working with – or for – someone who constantly loses their cool.

Since martial arts forces you to remain levelheaded under adverse situations, you’ll find yourself more likely to handle stressful moments at work.

And when things go wrong in the office, you’ll be the person others turn to for help.

You Lay The Foundation For Your 40s

When you’re in your 30s, you want to develop good habits, whether it’s eating right, saving money, or exercising – because all of these habits will set you up for success later on in life.

If you start training martial arts now, you will benefit from a healthy lifestyle down the road, which will combat the typical ailments that many people struggle with at the midpoint of their lives.

Usually, the older you get, the more set in your ways you become. Start learning martial arts in your 30s so it becomes a part of who you are in the next decade.

At 41 years old, this is how former ONE Strawweight World Title contender Rene “The Challenger” Catalan has been able to keep pace with all the young guns in The Home Of Martial Arts.

You Gain A New Perspective On Life

Because you meet so many new and interesting people in martial arts – and might even travel to interesting places for martial arts training vacations – you’ll gain a broader perspective on life.

When you’re exposed to a wide range of personalities, you start to learn that your way is not the only way things can be done.

This is especially true if you travel to Thailand to learn Muay Thai. You’ll find that everything is different, from training philosophies to the way classes are held.

You Learn Something New

You’re never too old to develop a new skill. Learning a martial art like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in your 30s, for example, will force you to think outside the box.

You’ll become a better problem-solver – on the mats, at work, and in your personal life.

Even ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon occasionally dabbles in mixed martial arts. If a champ can decide to learn something new, it’s never too late for anyone to become a beginner.

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