Forget 40. What About Martial Arts After 110!

by on April 5, 2012

in Inspiration

You just have to check out this video of this amazing older martial artist.

Lu Zijian is a Bagua master and he was born in 1893! This video was uploaded in 2009, so I guess that means that he was still rocking his martial arts at 116.

To put that into perspective, in the context of our martial arts over 40 theme here. Lu Zijian was aged 40 in 1933! I’m 43 as i write this. So that means he’s 73 years older than I am in this video. 73 years older! Even if you are 66 years old, he’s still got half a century on you. And he’s still rocking out his martial arts.

Lu Zijian’s movement is nothing short of amazing for such an old man. You just gotta watch this, and ask yourself if you would like to be doing this when you hit 100. Or 110, or 120 even.

Of course it’s not just martial arts that have kept this old man so young. He’s led a life of looking after his health and well-being in a totally holistic way. In the video you can see that he’s not only strong, but he’s flexible and fit too. This doesn’t come easily, and especially at his age. He is demonstrating for us the result of a lifetime of looking after yourself!

Here’s some more information about this amazing martial artist, which I found at

From my own perspective, Lu Zijian even after 100 had still a good mastery of martial skills which makes his case even more amazing.

Lu has an open mind, chivalric but has always maintained a disciplined life with well balanced  dietetics. He uses to say: ” I have very
simple habits: “Have breakfast in the morning until sensation of fullness, have a good lunch at noon and a light dinner.”

Sleeping early and waking early to first exercise the body. Then practice Baguazhang. Everyday he needs to practice between one to two hours of meditation.  After having trained internal exercises for more than 100 years, Lu has refined over decades his own Healing method, enjoying until now the fruits of his incessant training efforts.  About his longevity, Lu precices the following: “Move your Qi, nurture your health and cultivate your nature. Training martial arts will make your four members more agile. Combining harmoniously moving and non-moving is the only correct method to reach a long life.

Born in the 19th year of Emperor Guangxu’s Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1893), he is 116 years old. His name is Lu Zijian and he lives in Chongqing City, Sichuan Province, China. Despite his age, he is healthy and lithe.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Soo Shim Kwan April 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Now this is truly inspirational!


Brett Kraiger April 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Yeah… certainly makes me stop and think when I moan about being 43!


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