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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Monday, December 7, 2015

Age Benefits of Martial Disciplines

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1. Teaches various principles, i.e., physiokinetic, such as proper alignment of the skeletal system resulting is proper posture, alignment, full diaphragmatic breathing, mind clarity, core or centeredness strength and control and a full range of motions for the entire body.

2. It teaches and trains physical-mental skills to actively cause the mind to work and control the body and the body to work and control the mind. The constant use of the various aspects of the mind-body are exercises of the mind where that use and continued use keeps the mind, the brain, active and flexible countering the often negative effects aging of the mind tend toward during the aging process. 

3. It teaches the body and mind to maintain balance, a huge danger to those who age and limit or stop movement. Movement is the one great key along with balance to keep the mind-body connection fresh and active. 

4. The yin-yang aspects of physical and mental training also contribute toward the soft and dynamic tensions aspects to keep our stress levels lower and remove the often physical manifestations of daily stresses. It promotes continued fluid movement when the muscles, tendons and other connecting tissues tend to lose elasticity, strength and connected movement. 

5. It in its movement through training and practice of kata generate and maintain energy levels within the body coupled with the positive effects of breathing deeply, continuously and diaphragmatically releasing healthy body chemicals that counter those released from stress, a counter to the adrenal stress releases often encountered in daily life. 

6. Through the body-mind mind-body connections, training and practices it maintains and supports continued body awareness because MA tends to teach us how to remain aware of our senses such as visual acuity, tactile sensitivity and audio detection processes used in daily life and tend to diminish as we age unless we practice to maintain and MA disciplines adjusted accordingly promote such higher levels of body-mind health, fitness and strength, etc.

7. Through its practice, especially in group settings, it also promotes a group dynamic of a social nature resulting in a body-mind-social driven life with contentment, happiness and enjoyment that comes with extended life, longevity, often promoted only through such practices and disciplines.

8. The connectedness and centeredness of practice and training lead to a natural power from alignment, breath, and movement that maintains and generates energy often referred to as “Ki or Chi.” 

The age benefits that come from the practice of such a diverse discipline that is adjustable and fluid in nature toward changes one can achieve themselves to adjust and reform toward benefits of aging to combat aging not as a stop but a fluid adjustment that many other disciplines do not advocate as can be seen by athletes who retire from sports in the early “Summer Years,” i.e., thirties and sometimes forties over after the sixty entry point of the winter years. 

Unlike most sport disciplines one can continue in the winter years in practice of martial disciplines with a focus on principles with emphasis of the sub-principles of the principle of Physiokinetics removing the contact aspects for sport or self-defense or combatives, etc.

MAD (Martial Art Disciplines) are practices that transcend most human foibles of stature, strength and most of all - Age - to achieve a well-rounded discipline that can and does take us from our youth well into our winter years for a happy, healthy, and fit time most needed in life, our winter years.

We all face many battles in our lives with some actually for our very lives but the one battle we will all face sooner or later is that of the human aging process. It is our choice how we face that greatest of battles and this venue, MAD, is a most advantageous model to win the battle of the ages. 

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