Aging Martial Artists

When older martial arts are practice many tend to think, Tai Chi Chuan. Where older practitoners are seen in parks, etc. making slow movements that are graceful, rhythmic and peaceful. Aging martial artists have to deal with those aging issues just like people who are not martial artist but one of the great things about martial arts is that one can practice the arts regardless of their age.

Tai Chi Chuan is a wonderful and beneficial system for any age but is especially beneficial, in my view, to those who have reached the, “Winter Years” of life. It is a wonderful time of life, the age beyond the first sixty years. The changes nature inflicts on us can be mitigated by certain mental and physical efforts and this blog is about how the effort of martial arts practice can and does mitigate and alleviate the aging processes.

So, this blog will be about that aging process and how the practice of martial arts can help. The first article that will follow will simply list those aging issues that directly relate to the practice of martial arts such as balance as it relates to falling. As with any effort such as this it warrants the readers effort in understanding that this effort is from a non-professional view and with that stated I encourage each reader review the caveat provided here and at the start of each article. I also encourage each and every person who is taking up this practice to make sure it meets approval by your personal medical professional. Get that before you try to participate in martial arts or any program that would benefit you as you age.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Age and Targeting as a Victim

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Well, not just as a victim but even a potential victim. When we age a time will arrive that to an attacker, a resource and/or process predator, etc., may start to see us old one’s as easy targets as if we are just a convenient money teller machine on legs begging to give up money to any dildo who has the nuts to approach and insist. 

Aging does not necessarily mean we will be a target. When we actually reach such an age where our bodies just won’t support that type of defensive activities and aura’s it won’t truly matter since we just might be home bound anyway but that is a pretty high number in years from my view. Regardless, martial arts training for an aging practitioner still provides us the type of movement, confidence and attitude that can tell an attacker to leave this old fart alone. 

To combat aging you have to move and keep on moving. In the martial arts world you are always moving because it is a physical discipline. What most people who are either approaching or in those winter years of life may not realize is this, martial arts as depicted in movies and through sport events like MMA, etc., are not necessary in practice for those who want defense and that includes a mode of defense of the older folks through awareness, confidence and an aura of ability, etc. 

Martial Arts is one of those disciplines that with some adjustments allows a person to continue its practices no matter your age and even physical issues, i.e., those issues can and are manageable and mitigated by the active discipline of martial arts. You can take up and practice any and all forms of martial arts and benefit physically, mentally and spiritually along with a level of defense capability, etc. 

I realized this recently when a few folks were talking to a friend the same age where the conversation rounded toward health, etc., so I asked why they didn’t see me that way. The response I got was pretty much about their perception of me as physically fit, confident and a very abled bodied person. They said I had a certain bearing in the way I moved, etc. I attribute this to a lifetime of martial arts and physical fitness effort. 

Aging does not mean you are a target or will become a target unless you allow your age to govern how you live. You can take charge by applying your efforts to a positive activity that keeps you moving, builds on your confidence and sends out signals that your are NOT a VICTIM. Now, ain’t life grand?

As an aging martial artists and as an experience martial artists I have learned, developed and do practice a more principled based way and it is that principled based way of moving, etc. that makes for a confident personal physical bearing. It is the principles of martial arts that make them unique and variable to the age in which one practices, trains and applies their skills - now that is a trait that carries on regardless, SKILLS!

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Read also a great article by God's Bastard "My First Mugging." 

1 comment:

  1. Right now at 58, Taijiquan and distance running. I am agile, relaxed, strong and sort of road toughened.