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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Absolutely. I was 27ish when I took my first lessons, and was so inflexible that when I sat on the floor and stretched my leg out I could only reach halfway down my shin towards my foot. And the ...
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What is happening physiologically when the whole body violently shakes during standing qigong?

Every individual muscle fiber cannot contract for long without being damaged. Therefore, in any static posture or exertion of strength over a significant period of time, muscle fibers within muscle ...
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If partner is using additional moves in drill, should you tell him not to?

Short answer I would like to mention five takeaways for you that these situations exemplify and are important for every martial arts student before I go into the specifics of the described situations: ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Yes. Without a question. I'm a Taekwon-Do instructor, and we have students join us from 5 years old through to 40/50+. It's a bit clichéd but you're really never too old to start, like some others ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Yep! I'm going to back this up with a few points: Learning anything, not only martial arts, is always best to be started at a young age. 14 is the age that many people would consider to be one of ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Yes, it's fine (good, even!) to start at age 14. It's a common concern from beginners that they do not have enough strength or fitness or flexibility to start martial arts. Do not worry about this; ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

I'm not involved in Taekwondo (so, answer from Taekwondo master should definitely be the best and accepted here), but the question is a bit wider, I think. Short answer: from my opinion it is OK. ...
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With whom do judo beginners train?

You can only train with the people who are present. If there are a large number of beginners, there may be a separate beginner class, but if not, you can expect to be in the regular class where others ...
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Taekwondo: Is it too late to start TKD at 14 and still become an Olympian?

The average age of medalists in Olympic Taekwondo is 24 years old for males, 23 years old for females. The medalists go up to over age 30. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3863920/ The ...
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If partner is using additional moves in drill, should you tell him not to?

First, if the instructor says "game to touch other person's knee" is it pretty clear the idea isn't to put your partner in a headlock, even if he didn't explicitly prohibit it? No, it's not ...
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Martial arts for teen with arthritis

Moving joints suddenly and with force while having arthritis can cause intense pain and wear damage of the joints over time. A qualified specialist is necessary for evaluating what exercises are ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning a solo martial arts practice online at different levels?

I've had experience on both sides, instructing and taking lessons via remote/zoom/teams/etc. What I've found is that it is more useful the higher up in ranking you go, mainly because the refinements ...
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With whom do judo beginners train?

You'll train with the other students and instructors at the dojo. With specific techniques, good students and instructors will present rank-appropriate material. One strong benefit of being surrounded ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Absolutely! I was 14 when I started martial arts. Originally, I trained in karate for three years, but I moved to Taekwondo at 17 and earned my 1st Dan at 21. That was some 30 years ago now, and I ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

I started at 13. I got reasonably good before I gave it up around 16. So yes, you absolutely can. You might not be able to do the splits like the little kids can, but it won't stop you getting good, ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

You can start Taekwondo at 14 or like me at 28. Your flexibility will improve with time and it will depend on your work not your age. Have seen people in their 60s being better than someone in their ...
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Can I start training in tae kwon do at age 16?

I personally didn't start Taekwondo until I was in my late 20s; I wish I'd started at 16! In my school, we have a gentleman who started after he retired! He is now 74 and a 1st Kup, so it really ...
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Are there specific martial arts that can help with (or at least not aggravate) sciatica?

The question asks which martial arts would improve sciatica. First off, this sounds like a question for a physical therapist, not a collection of martial artists. Go to your doctor first. And you can ...
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If partner is using additional moves in drill, should you tell him not to?

Anyone who is not doing what the instructor is asking the class to do is disrespecting the instructor, the partner, and the class. It is most inappropriate to have the student - a new one - be ...
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What is happening physiologically when the whole body violently shakes during standing qigong?

I do not have experience in qigong, but I have seen this behavior in yoga, when standing at attention in odd poses in marching band Color Guard, and in some martial arts. It basically comes down to ...
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Is a dualistic perspective required to grasp nei gong?

There is nothing that anyone can claim about anything which does not manifest. If it doesn't manifest, how can anyone observe it in order to know anything about it? You can hold a qigong pose and feel ...
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Are there specific martial arts that can help with (or at least not aggravate) sciatica?

Many (most?) martial arts are concerned primarily with fighting and/or sport, and health benefits are a side effect. With a condition like sciatica, I expect your primary motivation is health and not ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

I started at 14 and continued throughout high school. I don't know how much it helped me learn to fight, but it started me in a habit of being physically active that's lasted me into my 30s and served ...
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Can I start training in tae kwon do at age 16?

Definitely give it a go, if you enjoy it and you're willing to work, you can do well. I started in my mid twenties and I've competed in patterns, sparring and breaking at countless competitions, ...
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