Many new students often ask how often they should be training. There are 2 separate answers to this question. The answers depend on your current goals in martial arts as well as the type / fighting style of martial art you are doing.
If your goal is competitive martial arts fighting, such as MMA or jiu-jitsu, the answer is as much as you can! Top fighters and up and coming fighters typically train 5+ days a week and around 2-4 hours a day. This includes supplemental training such as conditioning and strength training, but a lot of it does focus on their respective martial art.
If you are a brand new student or taking martial arts to defend yourself or as a hobby; you should typically train 2-4 times a week and about 1-3 hours a session. This is a good base for any new student. As you progress, you can increase the amount of time to work on specific tasks or goals.; such as a belt test or demonstration.
The biggest concern for new students is that sometimes they get so enthralled with their new found love for martial arts that they train TOO much and burn themselves out quickly. In the end, instead of remembering how much fun martial arts training is, it becomes a chore and a negative experience.
So, the answer to the question really depends on where you want to go. If you want to fight, you need to train as much as possible. If you want to learn and progress, you need to train enough to keep learning. Your instructor can also help you decide how often you should be training. Use your instructor as a guide on your path of martial arts.
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