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Offline hunter

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Young AND Old alike?
« on: November 11, 2005, 06:58:04 PM »
When is it too young to start KJKB training?
What age is too old, if such a thing??
Boston
(where kajukenbo is rare)

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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005, 07:01:29 PM »
I don't think there would be such a thing, Because you could always go into the interal side of kajukenbo like tum pia branch. I'll leave it to the Experts though.
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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2006, 09:14:21 PM »
I hope to hear more on this issue ???.  I started 2 years ago, I'm 38, orange belt.  I want to be good at it.  I go 4 times a week and not missing any of my sessions atleast try not to.
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Offline Sifu Terry McBride

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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2006, 12:30:40 AM »
My youngest student is 6 years old and my oldest is 58.  John started with me when he was 55 years old and now has a green belt.  I have several others in the "over 40" group.  You work with their bodies, joints generally are a little stiffer and if they haven't been very active (John ran triathalons, so was in pretty good shape) they'll be out of shape.  I let them go at their own pace, stretching if they've met their limit and we're still going.  If I need to, I can modify tech's and even forms if they can't do a manuever due to physical limitations.

Age is really a matter of mind set, common sense and the right attitude is what it takes. 

Best of luck to both of you in your training.

Terry McBride, 5th degree under Professor Joel Purvis, under Grandmaster Emil Bautista
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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2006, 09:40:06 AM »
Yeah, but John fights with the energy of a 15 year old!  Something special there ;)
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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2006, 10:33:07 AM »
I guess so.  Last week he comes off the mat with a welt under his eye from grappling with guys 18-26 years old, (I asked him when he was going to grow up and he just grinned.), he leaves plenty of bruises on them too.  Monday night, Chris (who is training for a cage fight at Black Oak Casino in June) and John play, the next day, the man has 2 black eyes and is still grinning.
As I say, it's attitude, some common sense and a desire, more then anything when age is involved.  When he tested for his green, I told him he has all our admiration for the energy, integrity and hard work he puts into his training when many at his age are playing golf and watching TV.  I definitly respect him for that.
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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2006, 09:21:43 PM »
I guess so.  Last week he comes off the mat with a welt under his eye from grappling with guys 18-26 years old, (I asked him when he was going to grow up and he just grinned.), he leaves plenty of bruises on them too.  Monday night, Chris (who is training for a cage fight at Black Oak Casino in June) and John play, the next day, the man has 2 black eyes and is still grinning.
As I say, it's attitude, some common sense and a desire, more then anything when age is involved.  When he tested for his green, I told him he has all our admiration for the energy, integrity and hard work he puts into his training when many at his age are playing golf and watching TV.  I definitly respect him for that.

And there is something wrong with playing golf?!?!?!?!?!?  >:(
We have no upper age limit.  As has been said, age is a state of mind.  We do not take kids generally younger than seven.
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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2006, 01:18:10 AM »
There was a news piece today on  women 70+ years called "Grandmothers of Tae Kwan Do" in Korea.  They showed a short demo and they were chopping boards and kicking high and quite a few had black belts.  One thing I've learned as an older (55 years-started 5 years ago) student...it's not reallly about the age- it's about the commitment.  Sure, some adjustments have to be made in terms of say stamina (what kind of training to do so you can keep up) and some adjustments in kick heights, healing time for injuries and bruises, etc.  But the mainstay of our training which is really practice, practice, practice holds for any age. Professor Bishop's moniker of "time will either promote you or expose you" sums it all up for me.  I've been watching the Olympics and I am in awe of the dedication to their training that these athletes make for themselves and it's very inspiring to see their performances.  To me, it's tantamount to that of a martial artist who earns their Black Belt in Kajukenbo, particularly when going from green and onwards.

Just some thoughts from an old-timer 8)

Our children are watching us...
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Re: Young AND Old alike?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2006, 11:22:57 AM »
Me, put down golf?  It is not for me, heck I have a hard time getting the darn bowling ball to stay out of the gutter, imagine, I'd probably break the record on worse shots on the golf course.  We are surrounded by golf courses, and I don't want anyone coming after me with a golf club (the other day I saw my neighbor walking with his golf club, great dog defense (ouch  ;)), so golf is fine.  Gets folks outside and moving around.  Good stuff.

But Kaju is a long way from the type of activity of golf.  And that John, who will be 60 or near about when he goes up for his black belt, I think that's pretty cool.
Terry McBride, 5th degree under Professor Joel Purvis, under Grandmaster Emil Bautista
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