Posted Tue Nov 16, 2010 01:41 AM
My friend Laura is also a black belt in judo and is an aspiring instructor. I sparred briefly with her brother last week(hes a novice) and got a little education on etiquette. She checked our fingernails and toenails to be sure they are very short, explaining that severe scratches would occur otherwise and she didnt want either one of us looking like we visited a lions cage. She explained the rules as to what was in and what was out. Then she had us bow to each other.
A nearly half century old overweight couch potato held his own against an 18 year old. Both Laura and her brother said im trainable and should pursue a belt but I dont know lol.
My dad was an amateur boxer when he was a young soldier(I know not quite the same thing) and taught me how to take a punch and throw a punch. My mother took karate lessons but never earned a belt although she did learn enough to teach a purse snatcher a lesson he will never forget.
Posted Tue Nov 16, 2010 03:18 AM
Posted Tue Nov 16, 2010 05:17 PM
And I hold a middle kyu colour in Judo.
I teach adults and children, and regularly contribute to discussions on a couple of martial arts websites.
What exactly was this thread for, or is it just a do you know martial arts thread?
Posted Wed Nov 17, 2010 02:42 AM
Posted Wed Nov 17, 2010 07:53 AM
I've always been interested in martial arts... Hey, that's possibly my favourite movie genre. Never really thought about learning a discipline until a few years ago when a dojo opened a block away from where I lived. I actually went to visit it and made some inquiries, but I guess I wasn't ready to start. Now, I feel that I could take something that is not too demanding for a 48-year-old woman.
Can anyone suggest something?
Posted Wed Nov 17, 2010 02:02 PM
Posted Wed Nov 17, 2010 06:10 PM
It really depends on what you mean, the truth is any art can be practised by someone of your age, as long as you have a decent instructor and dojo/dojang/thanqua.
But arts that tend to be popular amoung people over 35 include,
the softer kungfu training groups, as Q mentioned ((not soft as in weak soft as in training style))
Tai-qi or "Taichi" as most people call it, which is the body energy art
Wing Chun tends to be quite popular
Most important is finding a good instructor and a good dojo, beyond that the art is really a secondary consideration, as most arts will bend to accomodate any level of physicallity and age if the instructor and dojo are good.