Thread: That didn't take long....
1/25/2007 12:43pm, #141Originally Posted by patfromlogan
How absurd would it be for someone to say "football is for everyone, regardless of age". We're talking about an athletic endeavor that should require a fair amount of physicality, physicality that many 90 year olds (and of course 60+) are going to lack.
Getting in and coaching when you're older and have been doing something most of your life is a lot different than bringing in a 65 year old and expecting them to work at the same level as younger people, unless your school is crap.
1/25/2007 9:12pm, #142
At work today I feared that I'm just a sucker for Boyd's trolling: that of course he's a bright guy and MUST be just trolling, and I fell for it.
Originally Posted by UpaLumpa
2005 Age Group Breakdown of the top 25 US marathon runs:
AgeGroup Avg. Time Percent
M0-19 5:04:39 1.17%
M20-24 4:22:21 3.10%
M25-29 4:24:42 6.03%
M30-34 4:25:28 8.14%
M35-39 4:22:45 9.72%
M40-44 4:21:46 9.83%
M45-49 4:26:23 8.37%
M50-54 4:37:25 6.22%
M55-59 4:49:04 3.82%
M60+ 5:13:32 2.96% (take 'em out and shoot 'em division, I mean why do they even bother to show up, they can't WIN!!!!!!!)
and link to a Jon Bluming video, bout 1/2 way down, click on the picture - is that "live" enough for a guy near 80?
http://shoshindo.dk/kravmaga.htm - now to find out how to put it on you tube or this site or both.
Last edited by patfromlogan; 1/25/2007 9:15pm at ."Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
1/25/2007 10:17pm, #143
Participating is great, I hope to keep training far into senility like you obviously have done. I'd love to be competing in Masters divisions 20 years from now.
However, the pretend all-inclusivity of many schools ignores (or lies to prospective students) very real issues regarding the required physicality for a martial art.
1/28/2007 7:28pm, #144Originally Posted by patfromlogan
To elaborate: two people, both in their mid-50's, decide to start karate.
One has reoccuring knee and back injuries that prevent him from doing hard sparring and certain types of drills. However, in spite of his handicap, he trains as hard as he can, taking extra caution around exercises that could aggravate his condition.
The other is out of shape but otherwise has no debilitating factors, but has the mindset that because he is "old", he should not have to train as hard.
While the latter may appear harmless, in large numbers his mentality can be damaging to the integrity of martial arts, because it focuses on notions of unrealistic inclusion over quality. It tells school owners that they can decrease turnover by creating an easier, more "inclusive" curriculum.
I'd like to stress this isn't about every single person training to be a cage fighter, or about any perceived elitism, but rather the cold reality that any athletic endeavor is going to be inherently limiting. That's its nature. While it is possible to bring in more people by removing the athletic nature of martial arts...why would you want to?Captain's Log: Just a little update for all my TRUE and HONEST friends out there:
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1/28/2007 11:03pm, #145
I see your point better Boyd (and thanks for not ranting or giving me **** - I'm too old to learn those type of personal skills myself, but I'm sure that they have value).
My experience has been in pretty realistic arts that usually don't weaken the training for the elderly or infirm, thank God, and the older guys (and weaker people in general) in styles like Kyokushin or Hawaiian Kempo are expected to do the best they can, just like everyone else. That one can or can't make the jump rope buzz for ten minutes is just where people are at. like the Hawaiians say, "No shame, give 'em."
Oyama wrote that karate was beneficial for all ages (and made women more beautiful), he of course wasn't saying that 60 year olds would be smart to enter full contact knock down tournies.
p.s. The local karate tournie was hilarious when the "masters" fought. Guys being chewed out by the ref (who was at least 25 years junior) for going too hard, multiple injuries, big egos refusing to give up etc"Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez