is Karate hard to learn?

Is Karate Hard to Learn? (This is the Most Difficult Part)

Learning Karate and committing to it can be difficult and takes a lot of willpower.

Karate is one of the most beginner-friendly martial arts to start. It gives you a good look into how traditional martial arts work in a beginner-friendly way. Of course, it depends on the gym and teacher, but overall, Karate is a good choice for beginners.

In this post, we will look more into how difficult Karate really is.

How difficult it is to learn Karate?

Learning Karate and how hard it is depends on several things.

However, learning the basics of Karate can be pretty simple after you get used to the ways of Karate.

It could take anywhere from 3 months up to a year, depending on your training schedule, background, and the instructor to learn the basics of Karate.

Getting a black belt on the other hand is a more time-consuming task and will take a long time. Here are the times how long it takes to get a black belt in different martial arts.

In Karate, it typically takes around 5 years of practicing to achieve the black belt.

On a martial arts scale, Karate is on the easier end of the spectrum. That is what makes it a good choice for beginners, who want to test out the waters in the world of martial arts.

What makes Karate also a good pick for beginners, is that it includes punches, kicks, and takedowns. From there, you might notice what part you like the best and switch to other martial arts, if necessary.

Karate does have some “rituals” as you might call them. That includes bowing before and after a class for example.

If you want a traditional martial art to practice, Karate could be a good choice. Karate also has a lot of benefits to it.

The most difficult part of practicing Karate is getting started, and after that sticking to it. If you just keep on attending classes and following the instructions, it is almost impossible not to learn.

Most common reasons people quit Karate

There might be tons of different reasons why people quit Karate.

Based on my research and personal experiences, the two most common reasons are not having enough time and not having enough motivation.

Not having enough time could be caused by changing life situations. That might be a promotion at work or family-related responsibilities, such as having children.

The lack of motivation might be caused by not seeing enough progress in your skills and in belt color.

I have listed more reasons on why people quit Karate, you can find them here.

How long does it take to Learn Karate?

As mentioned above, one could learn the basics of Karate within a few months up to a year.

This depends on several factors such as:

  • Previous background in martial arts
  • Physical condition
  • Instructor
  • Fellow practitioners

Getting a black belt takes an average of 5 years of practicing, 2 to 3 times a week.

I would measure learning Karate by getting out of the white belt. As you first get to yellow belt, I think it is safe to say you have learned Karate, at least on some level.

A black belt is more like mastering the art of Karate.

My experiences in Karate

When I was a child, I was forced to practice Karate. My parents would leave me no choice other than to practice.

Due to that, I don’t really see myself going back into Karate, especially knowing there are other, better alternatives for my needs.

For some people though, I know Karate does have a lot to offer. If I didn’t have any other options than Karate, I would do it.

Martial arts have so many benefits, it would be a waste not to practice some.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, in a martial arts spectrum, I would rank Karate on the easier side as a very beginner-friendly martial art. It has some traits of being a really traditional martial art with the bowing and all.

The most difficult part of Karate is getting started and sticking to the training. It really is as easy as that. Attend class and follow the instructions.

The practicing in the lesson almost comes on autopilot, you don’t really have to think, just do your best and shoot to be better after each class.

Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day!

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