When it comes to martial arts, the truth is that everybody learns in their own phase.
In general, martial arts can be learned by anyone. Due to various techniques, martial arts can be more complex to learn and understand than other sports. It will take some time to learn the ropes of new martial art, but you should be able to learn the basics in the first six months of training.
Let’s dive deeper into the topic of how difficult it is to learn martial arts, defend yourself, and how long it takes to master a certain martial art.
Is learning martial arts hard?
As mentioned above, learning martial arts can be more difficult for one compared to another.
However, martial arts can be learned by anyone. No matter what your background is, as long as you can move, there is a martial art you should be able to start.
The learning of martial arts can be more difficult, depending on your training style, instructor as well as the martial art you choose. Some martial arts are harder than others, we will look deeper into the easy and hard ones below.
Most of the learning happens in the early stages of training. Everything you encounter will be new, and therefore it can be the most difficult part of training.
However, after you know the basics of martial art, it becomes somewhat easier, but your progress also slows down.
Therefore, the first six months are probably the most difficult when learning a new martial art. During that phase, it is really important to not get behind on the basics, and try not to miss any lessons if possible.
After you know the basics, the more advanced techniques will be built on top of the basics. The basics that you learn at the beginning are the foundation of your skills. Even if they seem useless, they are there for a reason.
Overall, martial arts in general are not the easiest hobbies to start, but they are also not the most difficult ones. You don’t have to be a martial arts master in order to compete and be able to defend yourself.
By learning the basics, you can already compete and will be able to defend yourself much better, than before you had any martial arts experience.
Is learning to defend yourself hard?
To be able to defend yourself, you just have to be better than the guy who is attacking you.
I doubt people who typically want to fight outside the gym, are martial arts masters. If they were, they would blow off their steam in other places than in the streets.
Therefore, even with minimal effort in martial arts, you will most likely be better off than the majority of people who typically are looking for a fight.
Of course, there are exceptions, some people who are good at martial arts want to show it off on the streets. However, the more you train, the higher your chances are to be able to defend yourself.
If you master a certain martial art, of course, it will be better. However, the most progress happens in the early stages of learning a martial art. Therefore, even going for a class for six months can have a huge impact on your ability to defend yourself.
You could even attend a “self-defense” class, that has one to three lessons overall. Even that will give you a head start when it comes to defending yourself.
So in general, it is not so hard to learn to defend yourself. It just takes time and effort, and most of the progress happens in the early stages of training when you learn the most.
I have listed the 5 best martial arts for self-defense. You can find them here.
How long does it take to learn a martial art?
The amount of time and effort it takes to learn a martial art depends on a lot of factors.
However, in general, it takes around 6 months to learn the basics of martial arts, and 10 years to master a martial art. That is just the average, some people might master a martial art in a shorter time, if they train more or have a more athletic background to start with.
For others, it might take a lot longer than 10 years to master martial art. It also depends a lot on the martial art and how much there is to learn. Also, your instructor plays a big part, in how well they can teach.
You can speed up the timeline by learning also on your own time. You can watch tutorials on YouTube, or take an online course about a certain martial art to increase the speed of your learning.
Which is the easiest martial art to learn?
The easiest martial arts to learn are the simplest ones, such as boxing or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The reason behind that is they only focus on one aspect of fighting. BJJ focuses on ground fighting and boxing focuses on striking.
Now, keep in mind that I am talking about learning them, not mastering them. On the flipside, boxing and BJJ could also be the most difficult ones to master.
There is a big difference between learning the basics and mastering a martial art.
Learning something that covers more aspects of fighting, such as Muay Thai or MMA can take a lot longer to learn the basics.
With boxing, you mostly have to learn punches. With BJJ, you mostly focus on grappling. Muay Thai adds kicks to boxing, as well as other techniques, and MMA focuses on all the aspects of fighting.
Which is the hardest martial art to master?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is often considered one of the most difficult martial arts to master. That could be due to high popularity, where there is much more competition.
On the other hand, with more complete martial arts that focus on more aspects of fighting, you will have a lot more to master.
MMA for example requires you to learn ground fighting, as well as punches, kicks, and all in between. Therefore, there is a lot more to learn and master when it comes to MMA.
In conclusion, there are a lot of variables that together determine whether martial arts are hard or not. However, one thing is for sure. If you are not willing to put in the time and effort, you probably are not going to learn.
Like any other hobby, sport, or everything you do, it takes time and effort to succeed. Martial arts are no different. It takes time to learn, and you won’t learn everything at the first time. It is common, and everybody has started somewhere.
The first six months are the hardest, but then it becomes more natural and you can move forward learning the more advanced techniques.
I also have a full step-by-step guide on choosing and starting a new martial art. You can read it here.
Hopefully this was helpful, have a nice day!