evjon c. asked in SportsMartial Arts · 1 decade ago

i am 40 years old male and i want to learn martial arts for self defense. what martial arts should i enroll?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    the first thing you need to think about is availability,suitability and cost.pick some in your local area and try them if you dont like one try another until you get 1 or 2 you like.dont sign any contracts and that way you can move on any time you wish.most places give you a couple of free lessons any way.you should be able to pay per lesson after that until you work out if that ones for you or not.hers some info that may help.

    A good well rounded style would be freestyle Karate.You will learn stand up,ground,grappling and weapons.What a lot of people don't understand is that freestyle Karate is about practical street defence not who can kick the highest or punch a pad the hardest.It's definitely not a sport martial art like TKD or BJJ.The motto of my style is the best of everything in progression.Basically that means we don't care where the technique comes from we improve it and integrate it into our style while still maintaining tradition as do most freestyle Karate's.

    The hardest thing is finding a good experienced instructor.I would recommend Bushi Kai or Zen Do Kai, but if your not in Australia or New Zealand you may have some difficulty finding some one who teaches these styles.These styles also usually have separate classes available to everyone in Muay Thai and BJJ/Submission/Shoot wrestling.If you can't find one of these i would suggest Kempo or Enshin or another freestyle Karate.

    http://www.zendokai.com.au/countries2/USA/index.ht...

    EDIT>as the young lady suggested below me watch a class,any teacher worth thier salt would encourage you to join in at your own pace.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I went through this not long ago, a 27 year old who has done nothing in the way of physical activity since high school. My advise is already listed here, but I'll repeat it.

    First, Research the various styles and rank them according to thier focus (eg. Karate is a standup art primarily, whereas Jiu Jitsu is more of a ground art) and your interests. If you dont really care, or dont know, go to step 2.

    Step 2 is pull out the phone book and call every martial arts school in the area (unless you've narrowed down the styles). Most good schools will allow you to try a class or two. Try them out, talk to the students and instructor, and decide based on the mood and the people (for example, if all you want is self defense, don't join a club that contains alot of aggressive, tournament focused training). Its the people that make the club, I cant stress that enough. Find one that is compatible to your goals, and have fun.

    Source(s): Im a martial artist myself.
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  • Hagen
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    4 years ago

    40 years male learn martial arts defense martial arts enroll

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  • Mushin
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    1 decade ago

    As 'bushido' hinted at already, do yourself a favour and visit as many different schools as possible. I personally would advise you to cross any off your list that are reluctant to let you watch a lesson. If they have nothing to hide, they should be willing to let you watch, or better still, join in.

    This way, you will see which style interests you.

    Also, look in your 'yellow pages' phone book for listings under 'martial arts'. Adverts can also be found on the internet or in your local community/leisure centre/newspaper.

    Good luck.

    Source(s): Practising martial artist.
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  • Ray H
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    1 decade ago

    Look at the schools in your area, watch a class or two.

    If the school is worthwhile it will most likely let you take one or two free lessons. Don't sign any contracts, schools that depend on contracts, especially long term, are only out to get money and don't have any teaching ethics. Style will matter the least as long as the teachers explain the uses of the techniques.

    Source(s): 24 years in the arts, 14 teaching.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Jujutsu... This martial art uses the opposition's weight and power against them. Can you imagine a 135 lbs Marine take on a 185-200 lbs person with ease?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Eagle claw is an extremely lethal effective system of kung fu. Its alot of hard work but if your up to it it is a truly great style. Also you may be interested to know that are military uses it alot in its self defense training (the US one that is) It has a decent amount of acrobatics for the more enthusiastic think outside the box fighter but also has simple deadly joint locks which can be used to subdue or destroy your oponent. Another good style is Muay Thai but I advise taking it in combo with something else as its an in the ring style same with brazilian jujitsu. Great for ground fighting but weak in multiple/ weapons fights. Go for a good mix of styles that encompass grappling, ground fighting , and striking. But also more important is that you find a good school/instructor. Check his credentials and make sure hes not in it for the money. Also I would advise traveling to several different schools in your area and seeing which style suits you best.

    I hope that you find fortune in your search for a suitable art.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I started Tae Kwon Do at 44. I would stay away from grappling styles, because learning to fall involves a lot of injuries that take a lot of time to heal when you are not so young. Finf a good school that teaches a striking style (Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Karate, etc) near you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Karate. (Go ju ru in particular) If your not intrested in weapons or boxing gloves or sport fighting. Karate should be pure self defense.

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  • 1 decade ago

    if its for self defense learn boxing thats enough

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