Age is simply a number and Alan Hoverd is a perfect example of this fact. The man has spend over 50 years in the sport and hasn’t slowed down to date. Alan dominates this sport and has many accomplishments to show for his hard work. This man is determined however is still human and has had to deal with normal wear and tear like the rest of us. Recently he was promoted to sixth dan which is only held by 10 people in the entire country. Many people run into him and are surprised that he is still teaching this art but his reply is simply ‘You are what you eat’.
- Physical prowess is not the only strength in judo. It also takes flexibility and balance.
- The difference between black belt and sixth den also marks the line between student and teacher.
- If you love the sport, you will continue to be involved in it even as you grow older.
“Judo master Alan Hoverd turns 71 next month, but after more than 50 years in the sport he’s still fighting fit.”