If you?re an adult who is just getting into Taekwondo, there is no reason to worry about your age being a factor. Aside from the self-esteem boost, it will also help develop self-confidence and discipline even in senior citizens. To prepare for your journey into the martial arts, start by seeing a doctor who will evaluate you before enrolling. Stretching is a must, as with aging comes loss of flexibility. 10 minutes of stretching before each class will help your training. Never be afraid to ask the master for help, as they are there to help you and are very accommodating. If you?re overweight, losing some pounds will also help minimize the stress on knees and feet. On the topic of feet, good footwear will also help keep you comfortable. A light comfy Taekwondo show will protect your feat when kicking a heavy bag. If you choose to practice Taekwondo without footwear be sure to tape the toes and ankles in order to prevent injuries. Remember above all to have fun! Taekwondo can be a wonderful way to bond with family, so bring your children and enjoy the stress relief after a long day of work.
- Since it is a very rigorous sport, it is imperative to clear a course of taekwondo training with a physician before diving in.
- Know that masters of the art of taekwondo are very willing to clarify things for an older beginner, especially as it may open a new demographic for the teacher.
- Older students should spend much more time stretching their tendons and joints before a class than younger students.
“Did you know that there are lots of senior citizens who continue practicing taekwondo despite their advanced age? In fact, a 96 year old man named Cole Becker is the oldest American to receive a taekwondo black belt.”