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ciorbaremus
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Training methods for aging Karateka

I am 51 and started Karate at 45. I have a confirmed right hip arthritis and I am starting to accumulate more and more injuries. To achieve my goals I may have trained hard but not smart so I am looking for your opinion on this topic. Thank you

P.S. The topic sprung after listening to Iain’s interview with Jeremy Lesniak and after I listen his podcast on Self Protection, Injuries

Marc
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First question would be:

Why do you train? What do you want to get out of it?

Depending on your goal, there may be different suggestions. Could be more than one goal, though.

Regards,

Marc  

Wastelander
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Marc is right about the first question--until you identify why you train, it can be a bit hard to nail down a training plan. I would say, in general, that making your stances a bit higher and more natural would be a good idea, and to evaluate how much mobility your hips have and what limitations that puts on your kicking ability. A good amount of mobility training would probably be a good idea, too. Admittedly, I'm only 30, but I have a good number of joint issues, these days, which I have to train around.

ciorbaremus
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I train primarily because I love Martial Arts since I was a kid and practiced Judo for 6 years. I also appreciate the physical and mental benefits of doing it and don’t practice for the competitions (our dojo does not compete at all now and we only had some Kata completions in the past that I enjoyed ok) nor for fighting (not a requirement of my profession and not my character). I train to be the best that I can be in my pursuit of Karate 

Thank you 

Remus

ciorbaremus
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Thank you Noah for your comments.

I was never very flexible and I know the its importance as well as the importance of stretching and exercising for increasing mobility and flexibility, I always come to the Dojo at lest half an hour earlier to stretch and do such exercises and I do them at home too. What I should do more is stretching and to these exercises after the practice.

I was told to limit kicking the heavy bags with my right leg so I kick a lighter bag we have and also kick with less intensity. It is frustrating that I cannot kick better when doing  partner work since it hinders both partners.

I agree with higher stances and I am trying to do them albeit when doing my katas with intent and intensity I forget about it and do try to maintain a proper stance. My right knee is trying to compensate for the injured hip and now is hurting more than before. Also my right foot toe is developing a bunion that I did not have before, due to collapsing knee.

But I keep doing it and I will practice as long as I can. I may end up having a hip surgery and Peter Constantine’s article after his surgery was a great relief to me that there is a chance to continue my training even after such surgery

Thanks again

Remus