Am I Too Old To Start Martial Arts?

4 Reasons Why Age Doesn’t Matter

One of the most common misconceptions about martial arts is that it’s just for kids. Martial arts is for everyone and for any age. In fact, there is no age limit in martial arts— anyone can benefit. Our instructors at Innovative Martial Arts Academy are so convinced that there is no wrong age to start martial arts that we put together four reasons why you should start your training today!

Martial Arts Are Good For Your Health

Exercise is important for all age groups! However, the older we get the more imperative it becomes to stay active and maintain good health. Taking up martial arts in middle age or older is a great way to not just maintain your health, but to get even healthier. After a few years of training, you may find you’re in better shape than you were when you were younger.


The best physical fitness routines are the ones that don’t feel like working out. Martial arts is a fun way to get in shape. It’s an activity that you will look forward to as opposed to dreading a workout alone at the gym. 

Martial Arts Are Good For Your Body

Most martial arts have the tendency to make participants feel younger the more they train. During a martial arts class, you will be stretching and using your body in new ways, which will strengthen your muscles and make them more pliable. This reduces your risk of an injury in your daily life. As the muscles around your joints grow stronger, they provide additional support and reduce strain on the ligaments.

Martial Arts Are Good For Your Mind

Stepping into the dojo for a martial arts class can make all of the stress from your day-to-day life disappear. The physical action of hitting pads or practicing a punch allows you to release any frustration you have in a fun and safe manner. You can free your mind from anything that has been weighing on you by focusing on the technique being taught by your instructor.


It is well known that exercise helps reduce stress, but did you know that stress can also play a role in your chances of developing dementia? Therefore, reducing your stress through an activity that’s also physically healthy is a perfect choice.

Martial Arts Are Good For Your Social Life

It can be difficult to meet new friends as we grow older. With commitments like work and children, being able to go out and meet new people becomes very rare. With martial arts classes, you have an hour or more of training with people who share your love of the art you choose. Many great friendships have come from martial arts classes and began on the mat.

Want to Read More About Martial Arts?

Take a look at some of our other articles about martial arts and IMAA’s course offerings? Check out the following related blog articles: 

Try A Class!

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we’re all about FAMILY and FUN. Our Martial Arts training offers men, women, and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Kenpo Karate, Kali, and Aikido and build your skills one day at a time with help of our dedicated instructors. We are proud to serve families across Wake Forest, Wakefield, and the surrounding area with a rewarding experience that can set you or your child up for success in all aspects of life. If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our website.  

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William D.
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This place is great! Charles and his team have fantastic programs for kids. When we started our 3.5 year old son, I didn’t know what to expect. He quickly adapted to the classes and now loves going. Our 2 year old son loves watching and will start as well as soon as he turns 3. Innovative Martial arts also hosted their birthday parties. The kids had a blast doing different activities throughout the birthday party. Can’t say enough good things about this place, and what they teach!
Tara H.
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Innovative Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) is the best place to take martial arts. Charles Falk, the owner, and his staff do a great job teaching martial arts to the students and teaching each student to be confident and disciplined. My son has been with IMAA for eight years - he has earned one black belt and is working on his second.
Niko F.
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Not only are the staff amazing, but there is a mix of fun and learning in the curriculum. My 5 year old daughter absolutely loves this school. She has learned respect and many other aspects making her more focused and well behaved. I definitely recommend this school for you or your child.
Janice P.
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Great school with wonderful teachers. My daughter has a great time learning and everyone is friendly. There is even an adult class that allowed me to try to see if I liked it and everyone was very patient with me. I am thankful to have my daughter be a part of the Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest and know she is benefiting from it in more than one way. It amazes me how fast she is learning and how hard she is trying. They have her trying to develop at her fullest with her mind, body, and spirit. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in martial arts.
Kristi F.
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Wonderful place for not only skill development but also personal development. Owner and instructors genuinely get to know students and families and care about them. The lessons learned will provide character growth as well as martial art skills. The owner is also a long time student of many different martial arts, he didn't just buy a franchise, and tries very hard to live what he teaches the students. Proud to have been in this dojo family for 6+ years and proud of the friendships we have made there!

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