I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how martial arts like taekwondo and karate are attracting a larger number of “older” students. The article features a 52 year-old cardiologist who claims that martial arts are good for the heart. Also mentioned is a 64 year-old lawyer who has been a Taekwondo practitioner for over 35 years! Other people in there 50’s and even 70’s are featured. A 71-year-old retired tavern owner in Warren, Ohio, says that after his Taekwondo classes four times a week, "I feel like a million bucks. I think it's the best exercise there is."
The article points out that a growing number of older Americans are exploring martial arts such as Taekwondo as a way to stay physically and mentally fit. “With its kicks and punches, they are finding the sport brings a number of health benefits as well as increased confidence and respect”.
I have heard many times from people much younger than those mentioned above that they consider themselves “too old” for martial arts. I chuckle inside because they are usually much younger than me! But I also feel sad for them because they have placed an artificial limitation on their life experiences. I love seeing our adult students after a class. They are so excited and energized! There are so many benefits of adult martial arts. Staying “forever young” I believe is one of them.
So I hope your realize you are not too old for martial arts. Why not join with so many others who are adventurous and proactive in their physical and mental well being, and make martial arts part of your life story?