How much you should practice Karate weekly depends on your goals and time.
In general, it is recommended to practice 2 to 3 times a week to get the most out of your training. However, if your schedule is really tight, training just once will make a difference in the long run. On the other hand, practicing more than 3 times is also an option.
Let’s take a better look into how much you should practice Karate weekly.
How often should you train Karate?
As mentioned above, practicing Karate 2 to 3 times weekly is the golden middle road. That is most often recommended, to progress in time and get the most out of your training.
By training 2 to 3 times a week, you will have enough time between training sessions to recover, but you also will get enough practice each week.
Training less, in this case, one or two times a week is also an option. Not everybody has a clear schedule dedicated to Karate training. People have jobs and families that take time too.
Therefore, if once a week is all you can do, that is an option as well. It will make you progress, but the progress will be slower compared to practicing twice or three times weekly.
Then we have the lunatics who want to practice 5 or more times weekly. More about that in the next section.
Should you practice Karate every day of the week?
Now… we get to the people who want to train every day of the week or almost every day to maximize their progress.
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to training that much.
First of all, make sure you get enough rest in between lessons. Keep some days lighter than others, if you really want to train every day.
Sometimes less is more, and having an extra day off can make more good than harm. Over-training is a real thing, the last thing you want is to burn yourself out and be forced to take weeks off from training.
Second, each additional lesson in a week will not increase your progress as much. The most progress comes from one or two lessons a week, the additional progress from lessons above that is smaller.
The additional value of each lesson might even be negative if you have not had enough rest in between training days.
However, if you can get enough rest between lessons and training every day, go for it.
Is practicing Karate once a week too little?
Practicing Karate once a week is enough to make progress over a longer period of time. Even though it is not optimal amount if we listen to all the martial arts gurus in the online forums, it is way better than not practicing at all.
Have you ever heard of anyone practicing Karate, or any martial art once a week for a decade, and got no progress at all? I have not.
If you have a full-time job, a family, and maybe another hobby as well, once a week might be all you can do.
In that case, once a week should do the trick. There are no rules that you have to practice 3 times a week or you will be kicked out of the gym. (Or at least there should not be)
It might be more expensive since you still have to pay for the full membership, even if you can not attend every lesson.
Therefore, if once a week is all you can do, go for it! It is way better than not practicing at all.
How many hours should you practice Karate at once
This depends on how long your Karate lessons are. Typically, they vary between 1 to 3 hours, the golden middle being 1,5 to 2 hours.
Considering, that the average time to achieve a black belt in karate is 5 years with around 4 hours of weekly training, 1,5 to 2 hours per lesson 2 to 3 times a week makes sense.
If you are training by yourself, it is really up to you. However it is important to get enough warmup before starting to practice, so the training overall should be over 30 minutes to get the most out of it.
In conclusion, the ideal amount of training weekly is 2 to 3 times a week, 1,5 to 2 hours at a time.
You can do more or less. Based on your goals and the time you can spend training, as well as how many lessons there are at your gym.
On top of regular instructed Karate lessons, you can do some practicing on your own. Here is a guide on how you can practice Karate at home.
Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day!