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Martial Arts After 40 [Kindle Edition]

Sang H. Kim
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This 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 mums 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 ageing 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3953 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Press (1 Oct 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GIP4QA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!! 16 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
It's about time someone wrote a book for those of us "over-the-hill" martial artists. Seriously, though, this is a great reference for any adult martial artist, regardless of age - sort of user's manual for the martial artist's body. And some of the information is very advanced - this is not just an introductory book for beginners. Great insight by the author into what it means to be one of the oldest students in the class.

I hope Mr Kim gets around to publishing a similar work on Martial Arts after 50!!

A VERY informative and inspiring book!
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 9 April 2010
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The book does describe good/safe training practises, but if you are not already following these well before the age of 40, then you are not likely to be still a practising martial artist or any other sport after 40! So, a reasonable attempt but the title is a bit of a misnomer.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! 30 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's about time someone wrote a book for those of us "over-the-hill" martial artists. Seriously, though, this is a great reference for any adult martial artist, regardless of age - sort of user's manual for the martial artist's body. And some of the information is very advanced - this is not just an introductory book for beginners. Great insight by the author into what it means to be one of the oldest students in the class. Very informative and inspiring book!
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are never too old 14 July 2006
By Brenda J. Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
94 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If it is your first book, buy it; otherwise take a pass 16 Nov 2004
By L. A. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The hardest I've ever been hit was by a 57 year-old Japanese martial artist who nearly broke my leg with an arm block, a truly amazing feat. If you truly understand the techniques and bio-mechanics, age matters not in the martial arts.

This interesting book covers attributes of fitness, flexibility, power, reflexes, coordination, speed, and endurance with a focus on older martial artists. There is pretty good coverage on the effects of aging and how to train hard without hurting yourself. The sections on injury prevention, self-care, and over training are worth the price of admission. If you've never practiced martial arts before, the sections on progression in the martial arts, sparring, and forms are also very good. They are not particularly useful if you've been doing this a while, however. The introduction and the first few chapters are very basic indeed. The section on weapons forms near the end is a nice bonus though.

All in all the vast majority of material in this tome has been covered better in other books, some written by Kim himself. The target audience is the middle-aged beginner who is interested in pursuing an education in martial arts. If you are over 40, new to martial arts, and only going to purchase one book, this is it.

If you have been training for a while I wouldn't put this too high on the priority list. I'd recommend "Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts" by Sang H. Kim along with "The Fighter's Body: An Owner's Manual: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts" by Loren W. Christensen instead. Yeah, it's two books rather than one, but I think that combined they have the depth advanced practitioners require.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the approach 27 Dec 2003
By Neil Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I got a bunch of martial arts books for christmas and this is already my favorite. The author's approach is one step beyond the average martial arts how-to book. You can tell he's really been a martial artist all his life and knows how getting older impacts your performance. I'm enjoying his "big picture" approach and even though i've been doing martial arts for more yeras than some of the kids I train with have been alive, I found some excellent tips to cope with my creaking joints and sore muscles. There's also an unexpected bonus - a section on weapons training, specifically the short stick. I think this is a great addition to training as you get older. A weapon is a whole new ballgame for an empty hand martial artist like me and will give me new goals to work toward.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed.....when I needed it. 19 Jun 2005
By SWM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I started training again after a 22 year absence from formal martial arts instruction. Although I continued limited solo training and stretching, I didn't realize what kind of toll the years can take on the body until I began training with teenagers and 20 somethings at the age of 42. Dr. Kim's book has helped me address problem areas that I once thought were un-changeable due to age. I still have lots of room for improvement but am thankful I bought this book. It has helped immeasureably. Highly recommended!!
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