- Aug 3, 2015
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The exceptions shouldn't mislead, they should inspire., they show what's possible and it breaks the stereotype that "when I get a certain age than, I'm too old to do something" How many people do we already see come into this group asking if they are too old for martial arts. They already have that mentality of age defining what they can and cannot do before they even turn 40. Genetics for many people are unpredictable, it may be what screws you up or it may not be.There will be exceptions, and we can't let those mislead us. Very few of us will have the genetics to maintain high physical activity (like hard sparring) into our 80's.
For me, I don't think I've ever done hard sparring. I don't think I've ever gone beyond an intermediate sparring level and that's only because hard sparring is damaging to the body in ways that may be permanent. It's no different than someone doing hard training for a sport, only to damage themselves and then be useless for actual game time. This is even more so with "fighting systems." So If I can't do hard sparring at 80 then nothing has changed. Besides at 80 I'm pretty sure intermediate level sparring for an 80 year old me is not at the same level the 40 year old me.