Is martial arts for older adults also – not just kids and younger people with lots of energy to burn? Strange question, you say?
To anyone familiar with the fighting arts, this may indeed appear to be an odd thing to ask about.
However, this is actually a rather common question – or should I say worry – that we get from time to time: Am I too old to take up a martial art without making a fool of myself or risk getting injured? Or phrased like this: Martial arts is something that only young people do, right?
Just like any other form of physical activity, it is safe to say that taking up combative arts is not for everyone – be that young or old. It would be plain silly to state that martial arts suites anyone (A statement we have seen or heard more than once).
Although the chances of getting an injury is very slim in most properly run martial arts classes, it is always a possibility – just as it is with any type of comparable physical sports activity. Also, it should be noted that the class formats, group activity, techniques, intensity level, as well as a lot of other things involved, may not suit everyone.
That said, the arts cover such a broad specter of styles, techniques, applications and teaching formats that is should be possible to find a suitable form of training for a lot of people – including senior citizens.
And let us give you a prime example… Introducing 69-year-old Annie Carter who recently was graded to black belt.
Martial arts for older adults
“People over 50 really buy into the stereotypes that they really can’t do certain things because the media and their friends and their family tell them, ‘You can’t do this, you can’t do that,’” Wilson said. “Mentally, they think they can’t.”
Carter’s accomplishment has made her an inspiration to people all over the world. Visitors from the United Kingdom were in town for a seminar and were ecstatic to see her and watch her test, (…)
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What do you say – isn’t this a cool story about martial arts for older adults, represented by Mrs Carter, a sporty senior who reportedly gets her kicks by literally kicking with her grandchildren?
I’d love to hear if you have any other nice stories about older people who have taken up martial arts!