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Kickboxing - Too old to start ?

#1
I'm thinking of taking up kickboxing mainly to get back into shape and also as a means of self defence, although I keep my self in pretty good nick and don't drink or smoke realistically speaking would 41 be too old to take up such a sport
 
#2
The_Terrible_Twins said:
I'm thinking of taking up kickboxing mainly to get back into shape and also as a means of self defence, although I keep my self in pretty good nick and don't drink or smoke realistically speaking would 41 be too old to take up such a sport
Don't be daft! :D

There's no age-barrier to learning Kickboxing. Just find a good instructor/club and crack on.

Kickboxing is quite a popular sport/martial art, so you should be able to find a few clubs within reasonable travelling distance. Visit them, talk to the instructor(s) and watch a class before you commit.

If you have trouble finding a club, PM me and I'll ask my instructor if he can reccomend anyone in your area next time I train.

Good luck!
 
#4
My granny was 82 when she became the Fylde coast bare knuckle wharehouse fighting champion.

She beat filo Beddo and his hairy accomplice, then made every body jam tarts and went round makign sure everyones face was clean with a licked hanky.

You are never too old and in the immortal words of motivation from my grandmother 'Get your fcuking feet of that settee you little bleeder or I'll pull yer cnut out through yer nose...... and make a fresh pot of tea, theres a love'
 
#5
Definitely not too old. I'm not a kickboxer, but there's a 62 year old guy where i train, and he's a scary little f***er. He's fitter than most, and has no worries with kicking my arse, and that of people much better than me.
 
#6
Never to old, I started kickboxing at 42, really as an extra to karate, never to old. have a look round as to where to train PM me your location to see if I know any in your area
 
#8
My OH is 41...and he gets stuck in like all the other lads!

I am thinking of joining kickboxing but I wanted to do Karate as I did it as a wee girl and I enjoyed it. However I do Circuit trg an hour before karate starts and worried I will be too knackered to do it!! Grrr! ...Or there's Tae kwan-do...I don't know which to do as all are available to me. Any suggestions?
 
#10
monkey_wench said:
My OH is 41...and he gets stuck in like all the other lads!

I am thinking of joining kickboxing but I wanted to do Karate as I did it as a wee girl and I enjoyed it. However I do Circuit trg an hour before karate starts and worried I will be too knackered to do it!! Grrr! ...Or there's Tae kwan-do...I don't know which to do as all are available to me. Any suggestions?
Of the three, Kickboxing is more readily applicible to Self Defence, because the techniques are gross motor skills, which are easier to perform while under stress.

Karate and Tae Kwon Do are both good martial arts - but they can take longer to reach a stage where you can apply them in a Self -Defence scenario. And Tae Kwon Do specialises in high kicks, so it requires a fair degree of flexibility. Which is why I never took it up! :D
 
#11
It all depends what you want out of it. As werewolf said, kickboxing is readily applicable to self defense, gives you a bloody good workout, and gives you the chance to do contact sparring, so if that's what your'e looking for, ask to sit in on a lesson, or in most cases its first lesson free, and just look around for something that suits.
 
#14
At 41, I would never say you are too old but I wouldnt advise starting TKD. It is a very hard discipline on your body. Kick Boxing is probably the best bet for all round fitness.
 
#15
Not what i meant..... sort of, kickboxing training coupled with a sharp mind and a will to win = a pretty nasty fighter. Just gives you more options in a defence scenario, and let's face it, learning how to punch harder and faster is never a bad thing, even with a lack of grappling skills.
 
#16
scooperman said:
Not what i meant..... sort of, kickboxing training coupled with a sharp mind and a will to win = a pretty nasty fighter. Just gives you more options in a defence scenario, and let's face it, learning how to punch harder and faster is never a bad thing, even with a lack of grappling skills.
Seconded. Will to win, controlled agression, mental toughness...call it what
you want, but it's the most important attribute in self-defence.

Ironically, the "Combat Sports" often develop this quicker than Traditional Martial Arts, because Judo, BJJ, Thai Boxing etc all include contact Sparring as a regular part of training.

You can't learn to swim without getting in the water.
 
#17
I took up aikido at 47. I'm 51 now and in a much better shape than when I started - much more flexible, better muscle tone and I've even got muscles appearing where I didn't know I had any :)

In addition, my situational awareness and reactions have also improved. Most of the Dan rated instructors I train with are younger than me and I have my work cut out to keep up with them. This means I have to push myself which is no bad thing.

Incidentally the senior instructor is 62 and, although he is not a big bloke, is as solid as a rock. Grabbing his arm is like trying to grab an iron bar - you really feel it when he puts a wrist lock on!

:omg:

Rodney2q
 
#18
Ace...I have taken into account what you have all said. On thu I did circuit trg and after i spoke to karate Dan but I wasnt feeling "vibes". (if that makes sense!)

I like the sound of kickboxing...sounds right up my alley! I am female, 23 in TA (for now), RMP and did PSPO crse/Instr. crse in Aldershot last year..got absolutely BATTERED!! But I liked it! :p (only doris on crse)

So...bear with me... Its my boozy wkend...Kickboxing is a CONTACT sport?

Tae Kwando sound good, however being unflexible and muscley..maybe its not not for me...(bu i can do a roundhouse kick!?)

sooo confused!? :-S....and drunk!!

cheers guys
 
#20
monkey_wench said:
Ace...I have taken into account what you have all said. On thu I did circuit trg and after i spoke to karate Dan but I wasnt feeling "vibes". (if that makes sense!)

I like the sound of kickboxing...sounds right up my alley! I am female, 23 in TA (for now), RMP and did PSPO crse/Instr. crse in Aldershot last year..got absolutely BATTERED!! But I liked it! :p (only doris on crse)

So...bear with me... Its my boozy wkend...Kickboxing is a CONTACT sport?

Tae Kwando sound good, however being unflexible and muscley..maybe its not not for me...(bu i can do a roundhouse kick!?)

sooo confused!? :-S....and drunk!!

cheers guys

Yeah, but there are different styles of kickboxing and different levels of contact.

Some styles fight SEMI-contact and still call themselves Kickboxing. In fact, a lot of these styles are closer to Kung Fu, TKD etc. IMHO, if you're not trying to knock the opponent out, you are not in a Kickboxing competition.

Some styles of Kickboxing are basically Western Boxing punches with Karate/Tae Kwon Do/Kung Fu kicks; they kick to the head and body, but not to the legs.

Thai Boxing, which I practice but do not fight in competitions, includes punches, kicks to the legs as well as body and head, knees to the head, body and legs and, most dangerous of all, elbow strikes. The majority of fatalities in Thai Boxing - or Muay Thai, to use the traditional, "correct" name - are caused by elbow strikes to the head.

Just to make things even more confusing, the "Olympic" style of Tae Kwon Do is supposed to be Full Contact...but they wear body protection, are allowed to kick full power to the head and body, but not allowed to punch to the head. :?

Finally, we have Savate, a French Martial Art - you at the back, stop laughing! :twisted: - which has slightly different types of kicks to Western Kickboxing. Some of the body positions resemble Fencing, with an arm held out for balance as you kick.

The one thing that almost EVERY type of Kickboxing has in common is that they SPAR regularly during training. As Bruce Lee said, you can't learn to swim without getting in the water. Kickboxers also use Focus Mitts and Thai Pads during training to develop speed, power and accuracy. A lot of Traditional Martial Arts, like Karate, punch into thin air, so there is no "feedback". This is changing though as Karate, TKD etc update their training.

Hope this helps. :D
 

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