Likes Likes:  10
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Budo and the Aging Budoka

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Posts
    270
    Likes (received)
    137

    Default Budo and the Aging Budoka

    So I had a milestone birthday last month, and the conversations surrounding that got me thinking about how my journey on the budo path has changed over the years, and how I have adapted to the requirements of doing budo. This lead me to write a blog post about it at
    http://budobum.blogspot.com/2017/09/...ng-budoka.html

    My question is, how has your practice changed over the decades? What do you do differently now? Do you consciously limit yourself? How do you handle training as your body ages but your spirit doesn't?
    Peter Boylan
    Mugendo Budogu LLC
    Fine Budo Books, Videos, Clothes and Equipment Direct from Japan
    http://www.budogu.com

    Find my Budo Blog at http://budobum.blogspot.com/

  2. Likes Grimlock liked this post
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    221
    Likes (received)
    6

    Default

    One of the good things with having done my current style for the last 23 years is that generally I know what is about to happen and can adjust my body to take the throw or minimize the effect on me (ease the throw or joint lock but not resist my partner).

    I take more breaks now and get a drink of water when needed. My instructor has done our art for over 50 years so it is easier to do these things since he does them too now that he is much older then when I started. Take the time to take care of yourself and remember that you ARE older but it doesn't mean you have to stop. Just learn your limitations!

    Here's to many more years of training!
    Robert Cheshire
    Yoseikan Teacher
    www.yoseikanbudo.us
    www.fagri-igraf.org/

  4. Likes pboylan, Cady Goldfield, hyaku, pgsmith liked this post
  5. #3
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    JAPAN
    Posts
    1,604
    Likes (received)
    96

    Default

    Few wasted movements now. An excellent sense of timing and ma-ai. Some things you learn only come with age. No limits, train until you drop (you drop quicker).

    My seiza is better than ever before. Just need two guys to pull me up! Once on my feet I'm untouchable.
    Hyakutake Colin

    All the best techniques are taught by survivors.


    http://www.hyoho.com

  6. Likes pboylan, pgsmith liked this post
  7. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    1,160
    Likes (received)
    330

    Default

    Milestone for me this year as well. I find I pay much more attention to posture as it saves on wear and tear, especially in grappling with the younger set.
    Kit Leblanc

    In Harm's Way

  8. Likes pboylan liked this post
  9. #5
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Blue Ridge, Texas
    Posts
    1,970
    Likes (received)
    109

    Default

    I wish I had taken more care in my younger days. Now I am having to get things fixed. Reattached ligaments in the right shoulder, and will have to do the left once this one is healed all the way. Going to have to eventually do the knees also.

    As my Mom used to say ... getting old is not for sissies, but it certainly beats the alternative!
    Paul Smith
    "Always keep the sharp side and the pointy end between you and your opponent"

  10. Likes pboylan liked this post
  11. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Hiroshima, Japan.
    Posts
    2,511
    Likes (received)
    129

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pgsmith View Post
    I wish I had taken more care in my younger days. Now I am having to get things fixed. Reattached ligaments in the right shoulder, and will have to do the left once this one is healed all the way. Going to have to eventually do the knees also.

    As my Mom used to say ... getting old is not for sissies, but it certainly beats the alternative!
    Hello Paul,

    I came to aikido relatively late, around 25, unlike some of my younger students. We have some whole families training here, but especially fathers and sons -- and the latters' younger brothers, down to the age of six or seven. However, all my injuries were caused by dojo accidents, not by simple wear and tear. I am still training, but mainly teaching and there are certain things I no longer do now, like taking break-falls. I second Colin H's sentiment that some things you learn only come with age.
    Peter Goldsbury,
    Forum Administrator,
    Hiroshima, Japan

  12. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Western MA
    Posts
    29
    Likes (received)
    3

    Default

    I'm paying more attention to flexibility and joint mobility, as I'm realizing how important it is. For instance, if I have knee or hip pain I'm looking first to tight quads or core muscles. The foam roller is my friend.

    I've also realized that I need more than budo to maintain my fitness for budo. So I began running several years ago, mostly trail running--fairly short distances and quasi-barefoot, so I'm not pounding my joints. I added a kettlebell routine this year and was surprised at how much restriction was revealed in my "good" shoulder (resolved now). Being a woman of a certain age, I also have to keep bone density in mind and both those activities help with that.

    Having said all that, I'm recovering from a pair of injuries suffered earlier this year--the second of which occurred I think as a result of over-stretching while recovering from the first. I have yet to learn when to ease off to avoid making things worse.
    Beth's Buki
    Walk softly and carry a big stick.

  13. Likes pgsmith liked this post

Similar Threads

  1. New Budoka!
    By urbalte in forum Member's Lounge
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16th October 2005, 07:00
  2. How many E-budo budoka/bugeisha...
    By Shison in forum Member's Lounge
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 18th May 2004, 16:48
  3. For the UK E-budoka Musicians ...
    By larsen_huw in forum Member's Lounge
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11th November 2003, 10:17

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •