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Best Martial Art Styles For 50+

Staying active is important at any age, here are some of the best martial art styles for people over 50.

To start with, martial arts is another way of working out for a lot of people while learning how to defend, how to relax and how to clear the mind. It can provide a sense of peace in many ways but since there are many different styles, each style is not meant for every person. Learn your style so you can learn how to get the most benefits from martial arts.

Martial arts contains a lot of striking and grappling and certain ones also contain kicking and punching, which you might find harder to do as a senior. Muy Thai and Savat are two styles that incorporate a lot of these different moves. Martial art styles such as judo involve pins, throws and even submissions. These three different styles are not meant for older adults and instead are meant for younger adults and even children who are more limber.

While marital art style Brazilian JuJitsu (BJJ) is very aerobic and can provide the intense training that one’s body needs while also helping to understand submission and passes, it too can be a complex style when it comes to seniors because it exerts the hip and through aging, the hip begin the deteriorate after the age of 50.

Chinese Kung Fu seems to be a great martial art style for seniors and includes forms like Wing Chun and Shaolin Five Animal Style. Most of the striking done within this martial art form is done open-handed rather than through the fist and it focuses less on raw power and more on speed.

It’s important to find a martial art style that doesn’t exert your body to the point of causing pain. Some pain is expected, after all, martial arts is a form of exercise and if your body is not used to exercise, of course muscles are going to get sore.  You want to find a martial art style that provides strength, cardio and mobility training.

When it comes to the different martial art styles there are many choose from and one thing remains the same, not every style is meant for every person. There are so many to choose from and it might take sampling some of them before choosing the right one for you. Give it time and the right one will come along.











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  1. I do not know why Tai Chi was not mentioned in the article.

    • I agree, I’ve been doing Tai Chi since my mid-to-late 40s and continue now in my mid 55s. I combine this with a chair yoga and Pilates reformer classes, with the three it has helped me stay a lot more flexible than anything else. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was a child and have had one hip replaced due to AVascular Necrosis (dying bones) and these are the types of activities my rheumatologist has recommended for years.

      So i wonder did the author even ask a rheumatologist at all? Rheumatologist specialize in alll types of Arthritis (which is inflammation of the joints, organs, musles etc.) As there are over 200 different forms of Autoimmune disease that it would encompass for anyone with them no matter their age would be included in the over 50 physical challenges. Just sharing what ive learned over 50 years with the disease.

    • As you already know, Tai Chi is a series of fluid, beneficial movements. The actual martial art form is Tai Chi Chuan – I believe.

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  3. Eric Knabenschuh

    Toward the comment that Judo is not a martial art, but an Olympic sport…you could not be more wrong as it is indeed a martial art. Just for your information, Tae Kwon Do is also an Olympic sport and is most assuredly a martial art. I have a 14 yr. old daughter who has been in Tae Kwon Do training for almost 8 years. She just earned her 2nd degree black belt last month, and has been a registered black belt in the Kukkiwon in Korea for 2 years. It takes a very certain personal discipline to achieve her level at her age, and her instructor does not cut corners or “hand out” belts due to length of time with the school like some of the what I call “Belt Mills” do. Bottom line is that if someone is considering entering into the martial arts, they should realize that there is a great deal of commitment involved, and it is not, nor should be like going to the gym once or twice a week.

  4. I agree , why an article at all. Youngsters think college and a position is all the wisdom you need.lol. lol extended laugh and wheeze.lol NASA Auditors know dry mouth conversations. Not so smart like (cars/phones), try using Googled Maps on 200 year old roads lately? Lol . You are Correct, should be called idiot phones just for trouble and heartrates they cause. Not so Funny now. Get Smart America, Babble is Dead , Knowledge and Experience equals Wisdom . Knowing that treasure Lords Gifts and the Elder.

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