Should You Practice Multiple Martial Arts?

Should You Practice Multiple Martial Arts? (Explained)

Martial arts are awesome. But should you practice multiple martial arts at once?

Practicing multiple different martial arts at once is possible. However, it is recommended at first to focus on one martial art, rather than trying to start multiple different martial arts from scratch at once. You can learn additional martial arts down the road.

Let’s take a deeper look into how to practice multiple martial arts at once, and how many martial arts can one learn.

Should you practice multiple martial arts at once?

There is really no limit to why you could not practice multiple martial arts at once.

Even though practicing multiple martial arts at once is doable, it is not recommended for beginners. Focusing all your energy on learning one martial art properly at first is a better way to go. Most of the time, it’s better to be great at one martial art, rather than decent at several.

If you want to add more martial arts to your skill pool, you can do it later as you have learned one well enough.

For example, if someone has been practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for several years, they might feel the urge to do some striking martial art as well.

By adding boxing, kickboxing, or Muay Thai for example to their schedule, they can highly improve their fighting skills overall.

That is because BJJ is lacking the striking and kicking aspect. Not that there is nothing wrong with that, but for MMA and self-defense, those skills are really useful as well.

On the other hand, it is also perfectly fine to focus only on one martial art. Training one martial art is a lot better than no martial art at once. Often it is also better to focus all your energy on one martial art at once.

Become a master at once martial art, then you could decide whether to continue and compete, or try something new. There are really no written rules to that, do as you see the best for your situation.

Can you train 2 martial arts at once?

You could practice 2 different martial arts at once if you have the energy and time to do so. However, it is recommended to start with just one martial art, until you learn the basics of it properly. After that, you could add another martial art to your schedule, if you want to.

When practicing multiple martial arts at once, it is important to avoid overtraining. Getting burned out due to practicing too much can really do more harm than good.

Therefore, think long and hard before you start adding more lessons to your weekly schedule. Especially if you have a full-time job and a family, multiple martial arts at once could be too much.

Here is a more comprehensive post about how much you should practice weekly.

How many martial arts can a person learn?

There is really no limit on how much martial arts can someone learn. Of course, one person could have a hard time learning and mastering more than 5 martial arts during their lifetime.

This is because it takes a lot of time, energy, and dedication to get a black belt in several different martial arts.

You could practice more different martial arts if you were to switch to another before achieving the black belt, or the highest possible rank.

One could easily learn the basics of 20 different martial arts in their lifetime. Maybe even more. It is all up to their time management and learning, whether they want to just learn the basics or become a master at the art.

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Is it possible to learn all the martial arts in the world?

There are hundreds of martial arts and different variations of them in the world. Therefore, it would be really difficult to learn them all. Especially if by learning, you would have to really know all or most of the techniques.

Technically, it probably would be possible to try to learn the basics of every single martial art in the world. However, the time would be much better spent, focusing on just one or two different martial arts. (In my opinion).

It would also be extremely difficult to find an instructor and a gym or a dojo to practice those martial arts. You would likely have to travel across the world and speak several different languages, to be able to even learn the basics of those martial arts.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, you could learn multiple martial arts at once. Is it recommended for beginners? Not really. As you first start to learn martial arts, you should focus on one martial art, rather than dividing your focus into two or more different places.

Trying to learn multiple martial arts at once as you first start will confuse you, and could risk that you would not learn any of the martial arts properly.

Therefore, I would recommend learning one martial art first. At least the basics of the martial art properly, before adding another or third to your weekly schedule.

Of course, it is up to a personal preference, and you are free to do as you see best.

I wish you the best of luck in your martial arts journey. Most importantly, remember to have fun when practicing!

Have a wonderful day!

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