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Old 08-02-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
Zachary Kapchan
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Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

I want to start learning a martial art (hopefully either Judo or BJJ), however I'm 17 and I've never done on before. How common is it for someone to start a martial art as a teenager?
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:28 PM   #2
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

Don't worry about what anyone else does, just do it.




That said, it's common.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

If you have wrestling at school do that as well. Its free and a great base.
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

I didn't start martial arts until I was in my early 20's -- I think it's okay to start it whenever you'd like. I know lots of people who started at all different ages. At 17 you've got a head start on a lot of people!
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Old 08-03-2008, 01:46 AM   #5
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

I started at 24, wish I'd been doing it since I was in single digits... Get to it!
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Old 08-03-2008, 02:55 PM   #6
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

Dude-
if you want to do it - just do it!
My best friend just started BJJ at 38, and he got his 13 y/o son and 9 y/o daughter doing it with him.

It is an "all ages" sport.

Ohh - and I started Judo at 22 - but gave it up a couple years later when life (school/work) got in the way... thinking of getting back into now, however - and I'll be 38 next month.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:09 PM   #7
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

Zachary,

I started TKD at 15 and then Ninjutsu at 16 (), 22yrs later I'm still loving it. Getting started early/young sets a great foundation, go for it.

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Old 08-04-2008, 12:45 PM   #8
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

Starting at 17 is great! You're young enough to still absorb knowledge like a sponge and old enough to understand the concepts of the techniques. I started Kali at 17 and had a great time. I just started Krav Maga at 37 and am having a great time as well. Age means nothing when you get down to it. All that is required is eagerness to learn and discipline.
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:44 PM   #9
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

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Ohh - and I started Judo at 22 - but gave it up a couple years later when life (school/work) got in the way... thinking of getting back into now, however - and I'll be 38 next month.
Go back. You will be far from the oldest judoka on the mat.
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:51 PM   #10
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Re: Starting Martial Arts as a Teenager

Ya its one of those things like crossfit almost where whenever you can start it , do it. The benefits to your body, not to mention your mind and spirit, are invaluable going into what will be the beginning of your adulthood. **** i even will get back into it hopefully when i get stationed after basic training. Its something i loved as a child and something that i wish i still did.
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