12 years in this dojo, from white belt to 3rd degree black. I am 57 years old. In 12 years, my weight has gone from 277 to 223 lbs. I still have diabetes and it's progressing but I am doing OK without too many complications. I have a five year old granddaughter and all is fine with the world. I have never stopped training. I still know next to nothing, and will not have enough time on this earth to learn enough, but I will keep trying. All that matters is the path.