How long is class?
How long are typical martial arts classes?
Learning martial arts is a great way to make your life more exciting. It can also help keep your health in check. This is especially true now that classes have become more accessible and comprehensive.
The typical martial arts class was originally taught for an hour and a half. Today, it’s common to see multiple variations in the length of classes. This is great news for many students who are time-poor from working longer hours and keeping themselves busy with other activities.
Nowadays, the common timeframe of martial arts classes for adults is 60 minutes. This is prevalent in many martial arts schools. However, institutions like Northstar now offer 45- and 50-minute classes. They are easier to teach, despite being more condensed and intense compared to longer sessions.
The standard class for children usually lasts for 60 minutes. But in recent years, many institutions have taken into consideration the limited attention span of the average three-, four- and five-year-olds. Keeping these children in a class that lasts more than an hour can be very difficult. So the time frame now considered ideal is more or less 30 minutes.
Of course, some parents believe that 30 minutes is a very short amount of time for a comprehensive class. However, even though some schools and dojos offer classes that are longer than one hour, a shorter class is undoubtedly much better as learning is more concentrated. After all, it is rare to see toddlers doing 60-minute gymnastics or swimming classes since they usually find it too difficult to focus that long.
For children between the ages of nine and twelve, self defence classes can last a lot longer. Pre-teens don’t have a problem with sessions that last for 45 or 50 minutes. Their longer attention span allows them to absorb new information and continue their training without being easily distracted.
For the average person who wants to learn and train in a martial art for the first time, a 60-minute session is most ideal. Martial arts students, instructors and enthusiasts who prefer longer sessions can attend seminars and workshops. These comprehensive gatherings can last for as long as two hours.