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rehodges
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Joined: 20 Feb 2022
Posts: 2
Location: Texas
Styles: JKS - Shotokan

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2022 11:50 am    Post subject: 68 Starting Over Reply with quote

Hello and new to forum.

I am soon to be 68-year male that re-started JKS Shotokan after a 47-year break. I trained both in Karate and Judo in college in my early twenties.

Life got in the way stopped training. On 10/31/21 while lying in bed overweight for my 6'1 body frame at 265, middle and both sides lower back in pain, and generally out of shape, I made a decision to start training in Karate again. Best decision one could ever make.

I have lost nearly 7 pounds since 10/21, I will be belt testing for 9 Kyu 2/22, and having been working out Dojo for 1-hour 5 times and going to gym in morning 5 times a week.

I am so pleased with my progress that I wanted to share it here. While I still have issues and problems related to flexibility and range of motion with round house and sidekicks, I hope as I lose more weight and develop a stronger at-home stretching program this will change.

I am so happy to personally at 68 first to be alive and second improve my conditioning in JKS karate. Will keep posted as if I pass my belt test this upcoming week.
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crash
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Joined: 21 Jan 2003
Posts: 143

Styles: karate,

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2022 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congratulations on getting back in there. i started in my teens back in the early 80's and like most, life takes turns one way or the other...lol... military, marriage, work, etc.... and as such there were breaks along the way. i always either stayed in the martial arts or the gym, or a combination of both. but there were still breaks away for short time limits, a year here, two years there and such, but always would feel something missing and return to training or teaching. its a lifestyle for some of us that we just need. congratulations on your return and best wishes on your journey, keep us informed and if you have questions im sure someone here will be more than glad to share their knowledge, there are a lot of knowledgeable members here with a wealth if information and years of experience to share. good luck and welcome aboard.
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BoothJ9
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Joined: 15 Feb 2022
Posts: 23
Location: Wales
Styles: Shukokai

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2022 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair play! It's a very nice reminder to me about how much karate can mean to people. It's amazing to hear that you've picked it up again. Good luck with the belt testing!
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Joined: 12 Oct 2021
Posts: 162

Styles: Ryusei-ha Ryukyu Kempo Karate-jutsu

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2022 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum and congrats on getting started in the martial arts again!

Also good to see a fellow Texan here!
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Joined: 18 Oct 2010
Posts: 2636
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Styles: Shorin-Ryu, Shuri-Ryu, Judo, KishimotoDi

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2022 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum, and welcome back to karate!
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Joined: 13 Nov 2006
Posts: 677
Location: UK
Styles: Shotokan, IJR Karate, Iaido, Kobudo

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2022 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Forum! and congratulations on getting back into Karate! Good luck in your upcoming belt testing!
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Zaine
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Joined: 31 Aug 2005
Posts: 2000
Location: Dallas, TX
Styles: Matsumura-Seito, Shobayashi-Ryu, Shudokan, Long Fist, American Street Karate, Southern Mantis, HEMA

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum! It's great to have you!
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 15853
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2022 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF, rehodges; glad that you're here!!

You've ever thing to be proud of. Your progress is exciting to read, and I wish your continued success on and off the floor.

Train hard and train well!!



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Joined: 31 Mar 2006
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Location: Hays, KS
Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2022 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF! Looking forward to keeping up with your training progression! It's great that you have decided to come back to the journey!
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Joined: 01 May 2001
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Location: Los Angeles, California

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2022 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome rehodges! Happy to have you.

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