We have talked a lot so far about martial arts, different disciplines, its features, and advice. But at this point, we should consider what happens when a person who has practiced martial arts throughout his or her life, reaches retirement.
Is it possible to practice martial arts after retirement? We have only one answer to this question: yes. If anyone knows the theory and practice of martial arts, he or she knows that getting older doesn’t stop you from being able to continue practicing. Of course you should still take into account the level of demand and intensity when practicing or competing in a martial art.
If the practitioner feels capable and strong enough, he or she can keep training and even competing regardless of the age it says on his or her identity card.
Of course we recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and to not abuse training. The body is no longer the same as you get older and does not respond the same way to a session of Karate, Kung Fu or Muay Thai.
It is also true that there are martial arts that require physical conditions that are more difficult to attain with age, such as Capoeira. Nevertheless, everyone should be aware of their capabilities and limitations to know how far they can go and which martial arts to avoid.
And remember: martial arts are healthy at any age.