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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

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I am a 14 year old female and I've always wanted to try taekwondo, however I am not the most flexible of people, and I am concerned to whether that will affect learning the sport in any way. I've also seen that the best people start at the ages under 10 years old, is it too late to start at the age of 14?

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I started at 14 and continued throughout high school. I don't know how much it helped me learn to fight, but it started me in a habit of being physically active that's lasted me into my 30s and served me well. Plus it's cool to be able to say I'm a black belt, even if I probably can't kick past my waist anymore :)

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Yes, it's fine (good, even!) to start at age 14.

It's a common concern from beginners that they do not have enough strength or fitness or flexibility to start martial arts. Do not worry about this; you train martial arts to acquire these attributes and improve yourself. It's never too late to train to improve yourself.


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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

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I am a 14 year old female and I've always wanted to try taekwondo, however I am not the most flexible of people, and I am concerned to whether that will affect learning the sport in any way. I've also seen that the best people start at the ages under 10 years old, is it too late to start at the age of 14?


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I started at 14 and continued throughout high school. I don't know how much it helped me learn to fight, but it started me in a habit of being physically active that's lasted me into my 30s and served me well. Plus it's cool to be able to say I'm a black belt, even if I probably can't kick past my waist anymore :)

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Waist is high enough the for most common self defense ;-). - Peter - Reinstate Monica Jun 9 at 7:01

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