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MMA for People Over 30

Updated on September 14, 2016

MMA training covers a wide spectrum of ages

What would be one of the most incorrect impressions you could ever have about Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)? Probably the most off base impression would be the notion that is is solely for young and active men in their 20's. Yes, the vast majority of the fighters that compete in MMA would fit this description. This does not mean, however, that the only people that take part in MMA are young in age. Many people over the age of 30 can get a lot out of enrolling in a MMA school. You might even end up like Charles Bronson in that old favorite Hard Times.

Martial Arts for Health, Fitness and Hobby

MMA training is not just about competition. While the entire industry of MMA gyms draws its popularity from the professional and amateur fight circuits so many are enamored with, the members of the gyms reflect a great many different demographics. In other words, people of all ages and athletic backgrounds are enrolled in the gyms. Many of these people are over the age of 30 and are interested in participating in an active hobby and Mixed Martial Arts offers the perfect physical endeavor to take part in. Training in boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu definitely gives you a great workout although to a MMA program a workout really is to sell it short. You can get a workout running around your block three times. With a MMA program, you develop proficiency in various fighting disciplines. Even if you are not interested in competing, developing fighting skills has many other benefits to it from a personal achievement perspective. This is why so many people enroll in MMA programs as a hobby.

As for the health benefits, MMA programs help you develop your body in many ways. You can burn a tremendous amount of calories, develop solid, functional lean muscle mass, and enhance many of the physical attributes that can contribute to an improved quality of life.

Oh By The Way, You Can Compete Over the Age of 30

What happens if you do want to compete in the cage when you are in your 30’s or 40’s? Basically, you would apply for a license from your state athletic commission and if you can meet the medical requirements for amateur fighting, you will be approved. Once you are approved, you can work with your trainer to take part in an amateur bout. It is possible to ask the promoters to book you in a bout against someone close to your age. You might find yourself relegated to the opening match but this is okay. You are not looking for a long career as a fighter. You are just looking to enjoy the experience of fighting in a MMA bout in a safe manner.

Then again, you may end up becoming a pro. You never know. Others have done it and done so successfully. You never know.


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    • MMAgearmaster profile image

      MMAgearmaster 5 years ago

      Yes i know many people who have crossed their 30's but they are in MMA. I think more people taking it as sport for fitness rather then a profession.

    • Sarejina profile image

      Sarejina 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      very interesting, never thought about MMA as exercise for us old people!