Baby Boomer Martial Arts Speak Wisdom?
Old karate baby boomer speaks wisdom? When you reach a certain age, say baby boomer age, ideas spin in your head; ideas, that may or may not make sense due to informational overload, years of experience doing way too many things, but yet yearning to do so much more. In the movie Shaolin, lyrics in the title song said...let me plant a seed of good will and walk this road of life together with you. Sometimes, all it takes is a seed. How we define this, is totally up to us.
As we age, we still have opportunities to learn, fulfill dreams, experience more, make a difference and help make this world a better place to live.
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Friday, November 1, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
|Sensei Harry Grimm Bucket List Master|
Last week I got a nice email from Harry Grimm, founder and instructor of Bucket List Martial Arts in Naples, Florida. Don’t know exactly where Naples is but I know that Florida is clear across the United States from California, way too far for me to take a week end drive, share ice tea and strike up a conversation. Instead, I decided to do the next best thing: visit his website and read his blog. As with many blogs written by martial artists, he provided similar ideas to my own, concepts I’m familiar with. One posting, however, intrigued me and touched my heart. It was a simple story about Arnie Salo, who at 77-years-old enrolled in one of his classes as part of something he wanted to cross off from his personal “bucket list.” True to his goal, Arnie practiced till he reached 80-years-old and earned a brown belt.
The first time I heard of the term “bucket list” was when I saw the movie with the same name starring Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Though it didn’t do well in theaters and reviews were less than impressive, I liked the movie. I was able to see how important it was to reach personal goals regardless of how farfetched they were.
With that said, I still had to ask the question: Why now? Why wait till 77-years-old? The blog did not say what motivated Mr. Salo or why he waited so long. Perhaps as retirement resolved careers and family commitments, he like many individuals in the twilight years of our lives have an opportunity to be selfish but yet still make an impact: to finally earn that college degree; rebuild the beat up old 1958 Chevy that sits quietly in the garage; run a marathon or triathlon; write a book; start a new business; paint a picture; learn to play a piano; teach under privilege children some of our wisdom; walk the face of Mt. Whitney…fulfill an urge that started way back when actors like Robert Conrad in “Wild Wild West,” David Carradine in “Kung Fu” and Bruce Lee in “The Green Hornet” and “Enter the Dragon” opened our eyes to Asian martial arts?
Sensei Harry for years taught martial arts for all ages. Now he has a school specifically for Bucket List students. Never in my mind I'd consider teaching a class specifically for old folks, but then, in the past few years, my body has reminded me of my age, how I've changed, gotten older. Could it be possible for the Baby Boomer Sensei to un-retire the starchy white uniform and open up a school for those who don’t care about fighting in an MMA cage, or perform acrobatic kata, or win eight foot trophies; but instead, learn martial arts for what it is, a method to perfect one’s character; endeavor for something worthwhile; be true to a culture and custom; respect oneself and another’s way of life; and finally participate in a behavior that is positive and beneficial. Could this be one of many reasons why Sensei Harry Grimm decided to start up a Bucket List of his own by helping others cross off a line on theirs?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
"Taekwondo for Seniors," www.seniortkd.com. "Master Russ Johnson, a 67-year-old 5th Dan in Taekwondo, maintains a website that encourages seniors to participate in the martial arts.
Among the advice he offers is this: "What do you get from a martial-arts workout? Strength training. Cardio fitness. Increased flexibility. Brain fitness from learning new things. And, on top of all this, a setting in which to make new friends. The social aspect of martial-arts training is something you shouldn't underestimate, because researchers agree that maintaining an active social life as you age is extremely important to your overall health."
You can find Taekwondo for Seniors at www.seniortkd.com."
Sunday, October 27, 2013
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By now almost everyone has heard about Tai Chi, slow motion movements that looks like a dance practiced by healthy but old Asians at a city park. There are benefits, no doubt; thousands of years of evidence prove it.
No one should be denied the opportunities of learning it. Though going to a certified instructor is the preferred method, other ways are available. This video or series of videos I produced and published in this blog could be that opportunity.
Yang Style Long Form Tai Chi has about 88 sequential movements and when done correctly takes about 20 minutes. Because of its length, aside from making your body move in ways you're not used to moving, the biggest challenge is retaining or remembering. When I learned it many years ago, I mimicked my instructor’s movements for about three years till it finally set in. Through the wonders of technology and the Internet, I can produce a series of training videos that almost anyone can view and follow. I performed this form in fast speed, about double time normal speed and in back view for easy reference. When movements are reviewed in fast motion, it allows you the opportunity to repeat and toggle back and forth, review mentally and practice along. Also, broken down into six sequential parts or chapters, you can learn in "bite sized" pieces.
To view the remaining Chapters 2 through 6, go to:
Once you've learned the movements, then practice at the normal slow pace.
Normal slow speed, front view.