Here are just a few of our "over fifty" kung fu and t'ai chi students at Shaolin-Do. Ranging from 50 to 62, you will notice that many of them are wearing black belts, some with two or three diamonds on them!
Are you over 50 and wishing for something unique and challenging in your life? Are you over 50 and thinking that you wish you had achieved the dream of a black belt you held growing up?
It is completely possible to study kung fu or t'ai chi with us as a fifty-something year old beginner. Some of the quotes below will illustrate to you what's important to these students about their experience.
Like all students, beginners start slowly and gradually improve in strength, flexibility, memory, balance, stamina, and the list goes on and on. And like all students, some of these people started with little or no background in fitness or with health problems they were in search of solutions to, while others were already somewhat active and fit.
What comes as a big surprise to some people is that martial arts isn't really about learning how to fight at all, but about learning how to be the best you can be...at any age. It's about bringing strength and balance to your life, your health, and your spirit by doing something that engages you mentally, creatively, and physically. Are you over 50 and looking for ways to make new friends and keep growing? We make great friends of all ages at Shaolin-Do too, as you can see by these smiling faces. So don't be afraid to give it a try. Most of these students didn't think they'd still be studying kung fu or t'ai chi five years (or more) after they joined! But they found that they were stronger and healthier than ever and still having fun...so here they are!
(These Students were proud to publish their ages along with their testimonials!)
David Lauterstein (62), Owner of Lauterstein/Conway School of Massage and 2nd degree Black Belt in Kung Fu
"People are surprised when I tell them my age. I am proud of being fit. I deeply enjoy the feeling of health that martial arts fosters in body, mind and spirit."
Bob Pendleton (57), Computer Science Teacher and 1st degree Black Belt in Kung Fu
"My doctor thinks I'm nuts but he agrees that it drastically improves my health. In general it keeps me mentally sharper and gives me a more positive out look on life."
Lesa Walker (55), MD with TX Dept of Health Services and third degree black belt
"I think I was surprised initially with how much of a stress-reducer my training turned out to be. I was also pleasantly surprised with the mental aspects of the martial arts. An unexpected extra perk is that I will know how to wield my cane when I arrive in the nursing home. Watch out nurses!"
Pat Krivoshein (55), High School Math Teacher and 1st degree black belt
"I thought I would get stronger, but I was surprised at the increase in flexibility. I could only reach halfway to my knees when I started."
John Biggers (61), Patent Lawyer and 1st degree Brown Belt
"I appreciate the variety, the weapons forms add particular variety and spice. I like the availability of tai chi, more variety"
Marshall Tiner (51) Electrical Engineer and 1st degree Black Belt
"I had been doing special exercises for years to help my lower back and shoulder problems. The doctors said I was just getting arthritic. Guess what, both are fine now."