From my Friend Greg Silva - President Black Belt Schools International.
I have been involved in the Martial Arts for 50 years now. I first began because my father wanted me to learn to defend myself. At that time I was in a fight after a baseball game at age 13. In the following 50 years I was never in another self defense situation. So why did I continue with martial arts? Simple, self defense is just one of many benefits of martial arts training. I happened to love the logic and analytical thinking involved in the training. I also know that martial arts has kept me more flexible , in shape and confident. Not to mention the friendships I made and the great spectrum of people I met and enjoyed training with and learning from. Now in my 60's I find the same benefits and something extra. The focus, concentration, learning and memorization is keeping me mentally sharp.
I would recommend it to everyone of all ages. My kids as well as grandkids have either received black belts or are training to be black belts. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Try Before You "Buy". Most martial arts schools will offer a Free trial program or short term mini program for new students. You want to make sure it's a fit for you.
*Talk To The Instructor - Most instructors are very accommodating to adults. Remember we are ones that write the checks, have kids who might attend the school and who have friends who might become members. So talk to the instructors if you have a problem or a question.
*Ask For Help - If you are having a problem with a technique, ask for help. The instructors and other students want to help. They remember what it was like when they were "newbies".
*Lose Some Weight - If you are lighter, it will help to reduce the pressure on your knees & feet. You will also have more energy because you will be hauling around fewer pounds. This should be a first goal when starting. Many martial arts schools have fitness program for new students wanting more weight loss than self defense.
*Balance Training - As we become less active due to desk work, some of us become less steady on our feet. Martial Arts will teach balance with stance and foundation skills. A huge benefit for everything else you do.
*Kids - If you have children, you should try to take martial arts classes with them. It is a great family bonding experience!
*Have Fun - Last but not least, you should just focus on having some fun and blowing off steam after a long day at work. You won't be as flexible as the kids in your martial arts class or as strong as the 25 year olds but who cares! Just enjoy yourself. You will love the camaraderie, weight loss, stress relief and non-stop aerobic exercise.
*Take action and sign up for a Beginners Martial Arts Workshop