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Martial Arts After 40
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8
EAN: 9781880336298
ISBN: 1880336294
Label: Turtle Press
Manufacturer: Turtle Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
Publisher: Turtle Press
Studio: Turtle Press

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Martial Arts After 40 is the first book on the market to cater to two growing populations, martial artists and baby boomers. Once a blood and guts sport for tough young men, martial arts is now touted by athletes, aerobics trainers, actors, super models and soccer moms as the number one way for adults to get fit and stay in shape. This book addresses important questions like:

How old is too old start a marital art?
What type of exercises are best (and which ones are dangerous) for the over-40 martial artist?
What are the effects of aging and how can martial arts combat them?
How can baby boomers keep up in a martial arts class full of gen-Xers?
What types of injuries are most prevalent after 40 and how can they be prevented?

This book takes a positive and enthusiastic approach to taking up or continuing a martial art in middle age or later. Readers will be inspired, reassured and educated.

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Summary: great book!
Comment: I can't say enough good things about this book. I am 45 and started Taekwondo 8 months ago. My body does not move like the 15 yr olds in our class. It talks about everything I need to know about training, diet, exercise..plus a good amount of humor mixed in. It was such a fast read..but I will also use it as a reference book. I tried the "tournament diet" and it worked like a charm.
If you are over 40 and are taking Taekwondo you have to get this book!

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Summary: Easy to read and a great value!
Comment: This book is written by an over 40 Martial artist who knows what he is talking about, Sang H. Kim, Ph.D.. Dr. Kim is positive, optimistic, and writes well. This book is easy to read. This is an excellent book for the over 40 person considering beginning a martial art. The information is realistic for the mature artist. (This reviewer is over 50, is still progressing in Taekwondo, and can attest to much of Dr. Kim's advice).

Dr. Kim's health advice is current, and is consistent with what we have been hearing from many health conscious sources. His advice on monitoring heart rate in chapter 2 is a very good idea for an over-40 martial artist attending class with younger students. Dr. Kim gives advice on how to work with limitations such as previous injuries, as by the time we are 40 we are more likely to have had previous injuries. His diet advice in chapter three is accurate, practical and easy to follow. For those of you who are willing to more radically modify your diet to extend your life and health may wish to read Dr. Gabriel Cousins book on Rainbow Green Live food CuisineRainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine. Chapters 5 to 7 discuss changes in our fitness, agility, flexibility as we age, and what we can do to improve them safely.

The rest of the book (chapters 8 through 22) discuss things you can do to safely improve as a martial artist. This reviewer suggests that the reader complete the whole book before choosing a martial arts school. Scattered through the chapters are things an aspiring over 40s martial artist should look for in a martial arts school.

This book is well worth the price. There are many practical suggestions that can help you avoid injury and be the most youthful martial artist you can be.

Paul Trogen, Ph.D.

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Summary: Save your money
Comment: This book is too generic and full of platitudes, plus poor grammar and typos. The sloppy editing gets worse at the end of the book. For anyone over 40 who has ever done martial arts, there is nothing new here. For anyone who is just beginning in their 40s or later, it is okay but not great. If you are into fitness or are even aware of your body and have anything resembling an active lifestyle, you will be disappointed.

The first four chapters are a waste of space - why fitness is good; the fact that exercise, diet, and mental attitude contribute to health; that most people over 40 resist exercise because it is work and can hurt; etc. Most of the rest of the book discusses the changes in fitness you can expect when you are older, and tells you to keep your chin up and not give up even if tempted. There is also not nearly enough specific information on how to compensate for various physical limitations due to injury, etc. that prevent a full range of motion for many older martial artists.

The only thing I found of value was Chapter 19 Sparring: a few recommendations on how to modify sparring technique to compensate for a loss of power, speed, flexibility, and agility for the older martial artist. Most of it was fairly obvious (circle away from your opponent to avoid being hit!), but there was some good info about disrupting the fight rhythm and using a few simple techniques that you know well and that work for your particular body.

The book finishes with some guidance on meditation and mind/body connection. A good final chapter would have been how to know when to call it quits and stop training for good, or at least change styles to something easier on the body like tai chi.

If I had glanced through this at Barnes and Noble, I would not have bought it. You can have mine.

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Summary: You are never too old
Comment: I started my martial arts journey 10 years ago when I was just 40 years old with my autistic son. Now, as an instructor I have many parents say they are too old to start martial arts. I show them this book and we talk about effective modifications like starting out slow, eating right and going at a pace that works for them as individuals. This book explains how to successfully spar a younger, faster apponent. It offers tricks of the trade that I've never learned before which have been helpful for me. This is a great book for those who are just starting in martial arts as well as those who have been doing it for a while. Getting into martial arts at 40, or older, is a great way to keep yourself in shape which in turn will drasticly slow down your aging process. It can be as mild or agressive as you like. Not only will you stay in shape, which can save your life, but you will also learn skills that can save your life as well or the lives of someone else. A training partner of mine (who is 65)once asked me; "What happens to a tomato when it stops growing? It dies! The same will happen to us." We have to keep growing mentally, physically and spiritually.

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Summary: Very encouraging and informative
Comment: This book actually convinced me that it wasn't such a crazy idea to take up taekwondo at 48. I'd always wanted to learn a martial art but never had the opportunity until recently. A little voice in my head said "too late" but after taking a few introductory classes and then finding this book I realized that it's definitely not too late. Kim's book is 80% instruction and 20% inspiration. I learned a lot about what's "normal" for someone in my age bracket, especially what to expect to be able to do and what to focus on improving, both in class and at home on my own. Very helpful guide if you are "of a certain age" and interested in taking up a great new sport.

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