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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I have had the occasion to spar with a national senior champion in karate (the guy is a little over 60). I am 30 years old and reasonnably fit as well, and I have 10+ years of practice of light ...
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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

It is also a simple fact of aging. You could look at any sport, and see the same thing. Champions in any sport at extended ages are outliers. Some examples of these outliers would be: Al Oerter - ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

Yes, a trained 60 year-old can outfight an untrained 20 year-old, provided they maintain a healthy body. The average 60 year-old has already lost joint flexibility and mobility, which causes the body ...
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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

If you compete in MMA for long enough you will get hurt. Every time you are gambling with your health. If you start competing young you won't get to be good when you are old. Or rather, you may be ...
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What are some good low impact martial arts?

I've been In a similar situation after 13+ years of judo. I'm a fan of more formal training so I choose shotokan karate due mainly to the before mentioned formal part and positions that will improve ...
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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

Techniques require speed and power (some more than others) Take a technique like a straight punch at range to the face. To land this punch, the attacker need speeds to move across distance to reach ...
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What are some good low impact martial arts?

First, let's talk about your vertigo issue. Vertigo means you lose your balance and can fall down during spells of vertigo. It can be triggered by some types of exercise, but in many cases it comes ...
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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

Martial arts school attendance in general peaks sometime around age 17 or 18. Then it falls off. By the time you reach age 62, you'll be lucky to find even a single competitor. This has to do with ...
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What are good martial arts for aging bodies?

I'd like to address the "how to evaluate a school" part of the question from personal experience. Brief context: I fenced foil in my teens, did aikido and wing chun in my 20s. I got osteoarthritis ...
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What are good martial arts for aging bodies?

Although there are many answers, it doesn't seem like your question has been adequately addressed. You list two requirements: kind to my joints (etc.) practical outside the ring (by this I assume ...
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Old student looking for a new style

I understand where you're coming from. I'm 45. I've had knee problems and back injuries in the past. The knee problems pretty much mean you can't kick, which is what you indicated. You can maybe do ...
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What are some good low impact martial arts?

I'm past that age; I've had brushed with BPV (Benign Postural Vertigo), but training partners have had it worse. Most of my time I spend in Aikido (but we're an aging dojo and we accommodate a ...
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What are some good low impact martial arts?

I'm with Steve on this matter (nice post btw). The only thing I might add is Aikido as it is (especially in beginning stages) a more slow and fluent way of martial arts. But as for the vertigo you ...
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Old student looking for a new style

Usually I would recommend BJJ for a low impact MA (due to there being no strikes), but if you have lower back issues that would be a bad idea. Plus it sounds like you have a lot of fun striking. It ...
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What are good martial arts for aging bodies?

Ving tsun, wing chun, are easy one the legs, it's mostly close range hand techniques. Not as much pushing and pulling and jumping as other arts. The idea is to immobilize fast. Simultaneously as you ...
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