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Jack
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2001 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray, I'm a Taekwondo student. True I've only been studying almost 8 months, but the benefits are great! When I started I was quite out of shape, not amazingly flexible, not a very confident person. But now I am in quite possibly the best shape of my life, can roundhouse to higher than my own head height and feel quite positive about life and am higher on self esteem.

If you want something, don't let doubts hold you back. Doubts hold people back in life but some time or another you just have to learn to go past these. You can do just about anything if you set your mind to it!

Oh yes, and welcome to the boards
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taezee
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Joined: 12 Jul 2001
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Location: Bayshore New York

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2001 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome...i had a friend of mine named frank who had wanted to study taekwondo just to get a little excercise....he spent the first six months of training giving excuses about why he would never do splits high kicks or competion.."im too old"..i have back injuries"..i cant even open my legs that far"...tell you the truth i thought he would ouit before ten months...well here it is 10 years later and he just took his second dan test two months ago..and he has acomplished all that he said he couldnt do...we waste so much of life contemplating failure we miss our potentials...get in there a go for it..and enjoy the experience again welcome....buy the way you dont sell cat food do you with that name?

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jakmak52
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Joined: 21 Oct 2001
Posts: 356
Location: Gulfport, Florida
Styles: ITF TKD (Chang Hon) & Shotokan

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2001 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it Ray, I'm 48 y/o and started when I was 38, age and weight are irrelevant, too a point of course, when I started I was on the fence on whether I could really do this or not. After learning my very first Kata (Form) I was hooked, there was no stopping me, except when my school closed, but at least I achieved 1st degree brown. Go for it Ray, because if you don't, you'll always wonder.
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iamrushman
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Location: ft. lauderdale,florida

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2001 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome to karateforums JAKMAK52.....
nice of you to give us your background.......we look forward to your views and insights.............
of by the way ....is there no other schools in your area??

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[CT]pizzaboy
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Styles: blue-belt taekwondo/green belt Yoshukai

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Far better it is to dream mighty things and win glorious triumphs, than to be associated with those poor spirits whom do not win much..or lose much because they live in the grey twilight of self-doubt and defeat.
-paraphase-speech by Franklin Roosevelt to nation.
Think about it.

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tekkenchaos
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello! I think that you should definitely go for it. The exercise you get from tae kwon do will improve your overall flexibility even if you are not all that flexible to begin with. Tae kwon do's for everyone. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish both mentally and physically in a matter of monthsif you decide to take this oppurtunity. Good luck man!
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TKDMaster2B
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Joined: 27 Sep 2001
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2002 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


I started TKD at 30. I was 60lbs overweight and very out of shape. I have been doing TKD for about 2 years and have lost around 30 lbs. The first year I only attended 1 class per week - up to 4 now. I still have a lot of weight to lose and I am working on improving my kicks, style and height, and on my conditioning.

Just give it a chance and keep working.
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KickChick
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2002 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes me wonder what happened to borischowchow Did he or didn't he??

Welcome to KarateForums TKDMaster2B ... and kudos to you for the decision to study TKD at the "ripe old age of 30". I started when I was 34 and took a couple years off to have another child, but would have loved to have started as a teen. (instead of being a ballerina). Better late than never! ... and keep up the training you/ve accomplished a great deal so far!
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Eru
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Joined: 22 Dec 2001
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2002 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know. But age definetly would not be a problem. I have two people in my class older than him, one of them is 44 and he's a purple belt (which is awesome considering he's only in his second year. He also has tons of back problems, but he packs a mean front kick. Besides, if older folk couldn't do it, then who would teach the younger folk ....

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KickChick
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2002 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah yes, that would be another "dilemma!
Remember although age comes with a minimal amount of physical limitations it bears a wealth of knowledge ... "been there, done that ... doesn't work, works for me .... ouch that hurts, will try not to do that again!
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