Often times aging Martial Artists are not a pretty thing to see. Many put on vast amounts of weight, and are then ridiculed for it, which is funny because it is often the kettle calling the pot black. The harder you trained, often the more sever the issues later. Injuries catch up with you, for most arthritis sets in. Physically we change, but in our hearts we remain young. This in Kyusho Jitsu is part of the seasons of life.
Growing Old with Grace
This is what we all hope, to grow old and have a little grace with it. Maybe some wisdom. Wisdom will tell you that it is perhaps time to control the ego, relax and enjoy life. I know that is what I have done here moving to East Europe. I am not taking it “easy” but I have made life simpler.
Today the face of martial arts is very different. Sport is now the BIG fad, and yes it is a fad. The fad will last, but personally I see little to no value in it. But hey that is just me, does not mean I am right or I am wrong. However, what concerns me is the attitude of some, that they will never age, or have the concerns that we have. I am not expecting to see much wisdom from this generation.
What exactly do I mean? People today, martial artists today do not see the long term consequences or karma of their actions.
Youth and Consequences of Actions
Are you aware that there is a part of the human brain that does not stop its development until the age of 21 on average? This is the part that understands the consequences of actions. This is why so many teenagers smoke, take drugs, have unprotected sex, drive to fast, and live life on the edge.
Today I think perhaps for some the brain never matures. However, there comes a time when you need to understand the body, and protect it and your loved ones. Self Defense becomes the focus, not winning a trophy.
Aging Martial Artists - in Walks Kyusho Jitsu
The art and science of pressure point self defense helps to take the focus off a fitness level that cannot be maintained as we grow older. And honestly who would want too?
Kyusho Jitsu will help to compensate for injury and illness to the body by teaching you to be more effective in self defense, and not egotistical about it.
Kyusho Jitsu is a game changer, but it must be studied in earnest to be effective. But then everything does have a price! That price is dedication. To my way of thinking while Kyusho Jitsu should be for everyone, it is really a calling for most.
And for aging martial artists, it is critical knowledge with far more benefits than the work that must be put into it. And learning can also help to prevent the onset of different mental problems like memory loss.
Oh and a question. Can you spot me in the picture at the top of this article? Leave me a comment here and point me out!
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