Under: karate, martial arts, Self-defense
11 Jul 2015

6 Responses to “Can Older Aged Men Train Effectively for Fighting?”

  1. StrykerToby Says:

    Hey John this is a great write up. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insight. As we get older we need to structure our training accordingly.
    Some of us have injuries that keep us from moving like we used to.

  2. Dr. J Says:

    This is so timely for me, John! As you, I am older and very committed to recapturing my youth. Okay, I’ll buy a Harley for that, lol. As you, I am committed to being the best martial artist I can be. It’s a challenge being older, and the path has it’s ups and down for sure. Thank you for your sage advice, Sensei. I am complying with it!

  3. Kim Says:

    I know belief & faith will only get you so far in the fight game. I understand completely what you are saying here. So I believe I have the faith to achieve this current goal by working hard and doing as I am instructed. Fortunately I have a very skilled and wise instuctor! “The use of the head abridges the labor of the hands”

  4. Jim M Says:

    Good stuff, Sir.

    Personally for me along with – Avoid and Deescalate, other key components are Cognizance/Awareness. True, our reflexes are slightly slower and that ability to flee might be reduced in speed and distance. However, I dare say our minds are still pretty sharp and with age comes wisdom, so I would even say we can each still assess a situation quickly and accurately. Watch and listen or as I’ve told people, hear with your eyes and ears. (And keep your mouth out of the equation.)

    With all that passive dialogue said, I think you’re right – when it’s go time, do the job. Be fast, be effective, be efficient. I have no preconceived notion of delivering a spinning heel hook to the head, but I know I can take out a knee.

    As far as training with age – I’m a firm believer in stretching, cardio and moderate weight work. I shadow box/train regularly because I’m supposed to watch the impact to my damaged, aged shoulder. So while my bag work is limited, the muscle memory and reflex drills still keep the right reactions active.

  5. Matt Klein Says:

    Hi John,

    Good stuff here, and very relevant for me! You are so right in saying sparring is important. It keeps the distance, timing, and flexibility up. Also, I am finding that BJJ is a game changer for endurance, strength, and complementing the stand up game.

    Also, us old guys have a lot less to prove, so much less likely to ever get into it in the first place. But beware, experience and treachery beat youth and strength every time!

  6. Ed Says:


    Glad to see you mentioned Jow Lewis.

    Even though Joe was in his sixties he was still someone to be reckoned with.

    We are never too old to hone the fundamentals and principles.