When is it Too Late to Start Learning Wing Chun?
I am 30 years old. Isn't it a little too late to start my Wing Chun training?
No! However, if you're starting from scratch, you're out of shape, haven't exercised for 15 years, never studied any martial art AND
you want to start training Wing Chun to compete as a professional fighter
, you will have challenges to overcome.
... if you want to learn Wing Chun for self-defense, to get into shape, because you have a passion for kung fu and martial arts, you want to have fun and you're dedicated to learn the art -- then it's never too late!
Where I study we have many gray-hair students. I've never asked how old they are but I'm pretty sure they're older than 30.
In fact, one past student was a retired man in his 70s when he started learning Wing Chun. He had a slight disability when he began training.
But after 5 years his disability went away (Wing Chun has health benefits
and often exercise and getting your blood and lymph to flow is a great cure) and he reached an intermediate-advanced level.
Also, overweight students successfully train Wing Chun
. I believe starting Wing Chun kung fu training while in poor shape is more challenging than starting at age 30, which is not old by the way.
Lastly, learning something new is good for your brain health as well. Keeping your brain entertained is important to staying young and vibrant.
In Wing Chun we train to use both sides of our bodies (the left-side and right-side). This actually gives Wing Chun an ambidextrous nature, which further develops and stimulates the brain.
So whether you're 30 or 80 years old, it's never too late to start learning Wing Chun. Here's someone that started at 45
In fact, doing so could keep you young and healthy.