How Young is too Young for Martial Arts?

At What Age Should Kids Start Martial Arts? (Explained)

As a parent, it’s up to you to decide when your child is ready to start martial arts. But what age is recommended for children to start practicing martial arts?

Generally, the age of 5 is said to be the youngest to start martial arts. Some might show interest in martial arts from a younger age, and if the gym or dojo allows such young practitioners, it’s up to you as a parent to decide whether they are ready for it.

Let’s take a closer look at what things to consider when thinking about whether your child should already start martial arts.

What is a good age for a child to start martial arts?

A good rule of thumb is that if the gym allows 4-year-olds to join, they probably have the training program adjusted as such. It’s unlikely they will be doing tornado kicks and sparring with full strength, but rather do forward rolls and run around the gym.

It also depends a lot on the child, the martial art, as well as the gym they would be attending.

If the martial art is something basic and child-friendly, such as Karate and the gym allows people of age 5 to join, it’s up to you to decide whether your child is ready.

You could take your child for a test run and see for yourself, whether that is the right place. It’s also good for the child to see for themselves, whether they like it or not.

Some martial arts gyms do some dirty marketing tricks when taking children to their customers, they won’t disclose their prices until the child is hooked and they surprise the parents with an enormous bill.

More about why martial arts are so expensive and more about that story in this post.

If you feel like your child is not yet ready for martial arts, even though the gym would allow them to join, trust your own judgment. You are the guardian and you know your child better than the gym instructor.

Are martial arts such as Karate or Jiu Jitsu good for 5-year-olds?

Children, like adults, can benefit greatly from practicing martial arts. Martial arts are a fun way to get some exercise and meet new people.

Training martial arts can also teach discipline to your child from a young age forward. Also, the younger they start, the younger they will achieve black belts and master martial arts if they stick to it.

It can also help your children to stand up against bullies. Not only physically, but with the confidence, martial arts can help build, they are less likely to get bullied.

Take it from someone who was forced to practice Karate as a child. I still think, even though I didn’t enjoy it at the time, that it brought numerous benefits to my life and how it turned out to be.

Here is more about the benefits that martial arts can have.

What is the best age to start martial arts?

The best age to start martial arts is as young as possible. You will have more time to practice and you will achieve your goals sooner.

Typically the youngest you can start is 5 years old. It might differ a little bit depending on the gym and the martial art. There are also some martial arts gyms that do not allow practitioners younger than 18.

However, if you are older than 5, let’s say 50, it’s not too late. You can barely ever be too old to start martial arts. Age is just a number, and you can choose the martial art you want to start based on your physical capabilities.

I will link a few posts about the topic below.

Are you too old to start Martial arts?

Are you too old to start Karate?

Final thoughts

In conclusion, look for the gym’s instructions about the minimum age a child can join. It could depend a lot on the martial art and the gym and what the minimum age is.

If the required age for the gym is 5, you might consider for yourself whether your child is ready to start by that age. If not, wait for another year or until you feel like they are ready.

It is even better if you can find a martial art and a gym that your child really enjoys. Even though martial arts do have a lot of benefits for children, forcing them to practice might make it counterproductive.

Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day!

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