A message came in via Best Self Defense Weapons Mailbag which reads, “I am overweight. By overweight, I mean fat. So, I’m just wondering if there is some kind of a martial arts that would fit me.”
Recommended Martial Arts for Overweight People
If you are looking for martial arts for overweight people, go for the ones that will let you fully-utilize your upper body strength and overall size. Avoid disciplines that require too much flexibility and those that involve a lot of kicking if you are really having a hard time shifting your body and balance from time to time.
Some examples of martial arts that require too much flexibility are Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Taek Kwon Do.
Some forms of martial arts that may fit you are the ones that involve throwing and grappling like Judo and wrestling. You can also train under boxing if you prefer striking.
If you want to get a bit of a balance in your fighting ability, you can combine any of the grappling arts with boxing, or better, go for Krav Maga which will let you do both.
It should be noted though that martial arts training is no stroll in the park. Prior to enrolling, make sure that you are physically fit to undergo training.
I am not telling you to lose plenty of weight. What I am saying is that you should make sure that you will have the endurance to complete your martial arts classes. Take a long walk daily or do a regular jog to at least condition yourself in order to get the results that you are targeting once you start your training. In addition, try lifting some weights and work on improving your balance as these will aid you in the proper execution of your moves later on when you undergo martial arts classes.