Sunday, July 25, 2010

Studying Martial Arts at my age

I just found two new blogs and a book along the same themes as this blog.  I'll follow them and I just ordered the book. I'll tell you if I like it.

Michele's blog is Just a ThoughtI am a student and instructor of Okinawa Kenpo and a student of Tai Chi. In April 2007, I injured my knee during a two-person bo form. I had a complete ACL tear. On May 15, 2007, I had my ACL reconstructed using a hamstring graft. This blog shares my thoughts on Karate, Tai Chi, ACL Reconstruction and the Challenges of Parenting.

BobSpar -  I'm 54 and a student at a mixed-martial-arts school in the New York area. Years ago, my school taught Shotokan karate, but the school has changed; although it still contains many of the attributes of karate, including belts and respect, the school no longer teaches kata, and instead focuses on kickboxing and grappling. As I began this blog, I was recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery.

The book is called: Martial Arts After 40.  Martial Arts After Forty is the first book ever to explore the needs and advantages of the over-forty martial artist. It takes an in-depth look at the realities of training in mid-life including:

• What type of exercises are beneficial and which ones are dangerous? 
• What are the effects of aging and what impact do they have on training? 
• How can baby boomers keep up in a class of Gen-Xers? 
• What types of injuries are common after forty and how can you prevent them? 

In addition to providing a wealth of fitness and training information, author Sang H. Kim addresses the fact that many older martial artists are looking for something more meaningful than just a good workout. 

His positive and knowledgeable approach to taking up or continuing martial arts training after 40 is inspiring, reassuring and informative. This book should be read by every adult martial artist regardless of age.


Michele said...

Thank you for the mention!

Bob M said...

It's fun to have fellow travelers on the journey--Osu and welcome! And thanks for the callout.

Michael said...

Good luck in your journey!
It's a wonderful path.

Bobby J. Gallo said...

Very inspiring! I too have started the journey to Black Belt late in life... I am a 47 year old white belt as I write this. But I have the intention of going all the way to Black. Thank you so much for the motivation!