How much martial arts you should train on a weekly basis depends on your goals.
For example, for someone who wishes to progress as fast as possible and compete at a higher level, training three or more times is preferred. However, for someone who just wants, to train martial arts casually, as a hobby, once a week is a good starting point.
Let’s dive deeper into how often and how long you should train at once, depending on your goals!
How many times per week should you train in martial arts?
As mentioned before, the amount of martial arts training should be aligned with your goals and how fast you want to progress.
For someone who wants to become a professional fighter, training 3 times can sound too little. 3 times a week for someone who is just looking for a hobby might sound like too much. Therefore, it’s all about your goals and how fast you want to progress.
How often should you train martial arts as a hobbyist?
Let’s start with someone with a full-time job and a family. For someone with a lot of responsibilities, they might not have the energy and time to train 3 or more times in a week.
Therefore, training once a week could be a good way to start a journey with martial arts. You don’t have to train three times a week right from the start. Not everybody can do that, nor they will have the energy to do so.
Start with small changes to your weekly schedule. There is no rule that you should practice martial arts a minimum of 5 times a week or so. Everybody does what best suits their life situation.
How often should you train to become a professional fighter?
Next, let’s see someone who wishes to potentially compete at a higher level, maybe even make a living with fighting. Of course, it depends on martial art at some level, but to achieve that kind of skill and make a living, you have to treat training as such.
Therefore, training a minimum of 3 times a week, preferably 5 times a week is a good way to go. You can start with less, but you should aim to that level.
There are people who commit their whole life to fight. How do you think you would do, if they trained two times what you train?
On top of regular martial arts training, strength and cardio are other aspects to consider as well.
How many hours should you practice martial arts at once?
As a general rule, one martial arts training session should be anything between one to three hours. There are no written rules, but anything less than an hour could be too short for warmup and proper training. If one training session exceeds three hours, the effectiveness of training could decline.
It might depend a lot on martial art on how long the training will last. Typically, based on my experience the lessons vary between one to two hours.
At the beginning of the lesson, there is a warmup phase. That could last anywhere between 10 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the martial art and instructor’s preferences.
If you are training by yourself, set a timer to keep you informed on how long you have trained. See how long you can typically train before you get too exhausted. That could be an hour or two for example.
You could also time your warmup, and training, and do some cardio at the end of every training session. Whatever works the best for you. I have more posts about how you can train by yourself, you can find them here.
Is training martial arts once a week enough?
Training martial arts, or doing any sport once a week is a good starting point.
In general, training once a week is all someone might be able to do with their already crowded schedule. Training once a week is a lot better than not training at all. If someone is claiming you won’t progress by training just once a week, that simply is not true.
You can progress even with training just once a week. Sticking to the training is what matters. If you could train once a week for a decade, compared to someone who tried to train 3 times a week but quits after two months, who do you think will be better off?
Training once a week your progress will be slower, compared to training more. However, if once a week is all you can do, that is way better than not training at all. Everybody has their own lives, and nobody should tell you you can not train once a week.
The upside of training just once a week is that you get a lot more time to recover from previous training. Therefore, you do every session with full energy and get as much out of it as possible.
Can you train in martial arts every day?
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the people who want to train every day of the week.
Training martial arts every day of the week is possible. However, if you decide to train every day, it is important to keep some days lighter than others to avoid burning yourself out. When training every day, you could also focus some days purely on cardio or strength training.
If you have a full-time job and a family, training every single day could be a bit too ambitious. On the other hand, who am I to tell what you can and can not do?
If you want to train every single day, go ahead. Listen to your body and see how it reacts. If you can handle training that much and you really enjoy it, go for it.
Over-training can be an issue in these types of cases. You could continue training like that for a month, but then end up getting too exhausted and end up quitting for good.
Try to find a balance between training and resting. Something that you can do for longer, and not get burned out after a month or two. Start small, and add more training to your weekly schedule if you feel you can handle more.
In conclusion, the amount of training per week is purely based on your personal preferences and goals. If you can only train once a week, do it. But do not expect to progress as fast as someone who trains three or more times a week.
In the end, the only person you should compare yourself if yourself the day before. Getting better one day at a time is a great achievement on its own. Do not compare yourself to others.
Hopefully this helped you to decide how much you should train depending on your life situation and your goals.
More posts about martial arts can be found here.
Have a wonderful day!