Alive and Kicking

“Alive and Kicking” was our weekly newsletter, but it has now been discontinued in favor of the Old Farts Martial Arts secret facebook group. You can sign up to that group in the box just over to the left.

You’ll find all our past issues of Alive and Kicking here on this page.

Alive and Kicking #29 – Learning to Fly, Prepare Properly, Failure Is a Privilege, a Thousand Cuts, and Socks

In today’s edition I share a great story about Kristina’s test for black belt, and some of my observations about that. (Even though I wasn’t there, I still have an opinion). I also introduce a really simple concept on how to get fit without even noticing, why failure at a belt test is a privilege and the importance of socks.

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Alive and Kicking #28 – Centenerian Shows the Way, and Exploring Meditation

In today’s edition I introduce you to Master Lu Zijian, and talk about meditation. If you ever wonder whether martial arts really are going to be something that you can do for the rest of your days, this will be a real treat for you.

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Alive and Kicking #27 – Pain Tolerance in Martial Artists, a Breakthrough, and a Pep Talk

In this edition I will be focusing on pain and injury. I’ve got some interesting observations from a sports doctor, news about a major breakthrough in my shoulder treatment, and a pep talk for older martial artists.

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Alive and Kicking #26 – Mindfulness and Proprioception

In all stages of martial arts we have to develop the ability to self-correct. Our instructors cannot be everywhere at once, they cannot see everything. They can guide, and point out the things that we do not see.

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Alive and Kicking #25 – What’s the Best Martial Art

Of course, there is no such thing as “The Best” martial art. Basically because the question is too vague. What is often meant by people asking this question is “Which martial art will win in a fight?”. And yet, there is no answer even to that question, because so much depends on the circumstances of the fight, and also the individuals involved.

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Alive and Kicking #24 – Fit in 3 Minutes a Week, Say No to Alzheimers and 72-Year-Old Karate Master

I have often talked about how you can improve your physical health through martial arts, but how about your mental health? While on the hunt for news related to older martial artists, I came across an interesting piece about how regular exercise can really help prevent Alzheimers. Having seen my grandfather get Alzheimers late in his life this is something that immediately got my attention. It is not something I would wish on anyone.

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Alive and Kicking #23 – Injury Prevention for the Older Martial Artist

But this doesn’t change the fact that your body is undergoing change. It has been since the day you were born, and it will continue until you die. And over time there is an inevitable decline in your body’s ability to recuperate and repair itself. This is why it is vitally important that you include elements of injury prevention into your regimen. As a martial artist you are going to be asking more of your body than the average person in the street. So take care of it!

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Alive and Kicking #22 – I Say Sayonara to Aikido. Plus a New Reader’s Story

You may recall that in last week’s Martial Arts Over 40 newsletter that I was talking about how my shoulder injury was really giving me grief, and that as a result I was seriously contemplating what to do about that. I really would love to do Aikido, but really – when it ceases to be fun you do have to question it. I enjoy everything about Aikido, except that at the moment my body is not really up to it.

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Alive and Kicking #21 – Middle-Aged Martial Artist With a Bung Knee and a Dawning Realization

So here’s where I find myself as a 43 year old middle-aged martial artist…I have a bung left knee, and a bung right shoulder. The shoulder is worse than the knee. I am doing Taekwon-Do. Lots of kicks, jumping, striking and punching. What hurts? Well jumping hurts my knee, bouncing as we do for sparring hurts my knee, punching and striking hurts my injured shoulder.

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Alive and Kicking #20 – Improving Balance, and a Trip to the Surgeon

As well as better cardio fitness, strength and flexibility, one of the biggest findings was that the martial artists had significantly better balance. Of course this is no accident or fluke, as balance is a fundamental part of any martial art, and we work hard to improve it.

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