5 Reasons Adults Should Take Martial Arts

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013

5 Reasons Adults Should Take Martial Arts

I was in a store picking up a loaf of bread the other day after class and while I generally don’t parade around in my gi (uniform), I didn’t have a change of clothes and let’s face it, if the wife wants you to pick up something on your way home from work, you pick it up! So this gentleman sees me and during the course of engaging me in small talk, asks me how he, as an adult, could benefit from taking martial arts.  After pondering several quick replies, I determined that really, the question should have more appropriately been posed as…

How could I NOT benefit from taking martial arts? 

Understand that while the obvious answer of “to learn how to defend yourself” is always a tempting and obvious response to that question, there are many benefits of taking a karate class.   Some of these reasons may be obvious, some maybe not so much, so I offer these five reasons that an adult should take martial arts and why I’ve devoted myself to karate:


  1. Stress relief:  We all have stressors in our life.  Getting rid of bad stress in your body through a karate program is an excellent way to stay healthy and improve your fitness, not only physically, but also mentally!  Maybe you have a bad day and snap at somebody that you didn’t mean to.  A martial arts program can take a lot of that negative energy out of your body and get rid of it.  They say massages relax your muscles, well karate relaxes your brain!
  2. All ability levels:  In most sports, you have a superstar on a team.  Or you only have one player that has the ball at a time.  What about the person without the ball?  What if you are on the bench because you are not good enough?  In karate, it doesn’t matter if you have never taken a martial arts class before, or ever played any sports at all.  Everyone who engages in a proper martial arts program gets the same benefit.  There is a saying that every one, even the greatest karate master, was once a white belt.  It’s true! Every one of the millions of martial artists had a first day wherever they started training, where they first learned how to punch and how to kick.
  3. No one left behind:  In karate, all ability levels are always practicing at the same time, so everyone is getting the benefit of the workout and simultaneously increasing their skill level.  And while ability levels are different for different people, EVERYONE has a technique that they are good at.  And while some individuals are more naturally talented physically than others, no one is great at everything.  But you CAN be really good at a lot of things!
  4. 86 Year-Old Black BeltHealth benefits:  You might think that you can just assume that martial arts training is good for your health.  But do you know why?  Martial arts increases your flexibility, balance, hand-eye coordination and your natural strength without weights.  It is great for adults and for kids fitness.  Building strength without weights means you decrease the risk of injury.  Karate uses principles of isometrics and plyometrics to increase natural strength and power.  The long term health benefits of a proper karate program is immeasurable.  It is not uncommon to see excellent karate students practicing well into their 70’s or even their 80’s!  The 86 year-old woman pictured here was 72 when she got her black belt.
  5. Fun, fun, fun:  Look, karate training is just fun.  Period.  All of the benefits that you get from karate you get from engaging in activities in the karate school that you enjoy doing.  As everyone knows, the more you enjoy something, the more likely you are to stick with it.  Why do you think so many people fall of the wagon on their diets?  Because eating healthy isn’t fun!  If eating healthy were fun, we’d all be a lot thinner!  Fortunately, we can counter the “fun” eating with a safe and healthy karate workout.  Karate can help you maintain your weight goals and if you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to worry about weight goals, then you can come and punch and kick your way to a healthier lifestyle just for the fun of it!




  1. i was an ex-soldier black belt first dan shotokan karate. I am so happy miggling with colleague karatekas. am 41 years old now but am just like 28 years because of martialarts training. i was the sampai when at the military and like kumite a lot. focus strength give me victory most times at the tatame.

    • Outstanding! Thanks for sharing and thank you for your service!

  2. I started training 7 years ago, after almost a lifetime of “thinking about it”…I had attended some karate classes as a teenager but went nowhere with it. Soon Vietnam happened, the Marine Corps, college, a career…but I never forgot the desire. In my 60’s, i started training in combat hapkido, as it is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. It is a practical self defense style, a softer style, using the commitment of another’s’ energy against them. I enjoy it a LOT. Since coming to BURKES, I have found even more enjoyment…in the style and the level of care & detail employed by Master Burke & the instructors….all done in a friendly, encouraging environment, where it is fun.

  3. I have been having a mid-life crisis for the past few weeks because I hit the age of 50 and realized that I don’t have any hobbies that I enjoy! When I was a kid I dreamed of learning martial arts, and this article made me realize that I can still make that dream a reality as an adult. Thank you for explaining that taking classes will help me to increase my natural strength.

    • Hi Rosie! So glad to hear that you will begin your martial arts journey! The best of luck to you! We have many amazing students that began martial arts training after the age of 50. You’re going to do great!

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