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The 64-Year-Old Judo Master



The place of martial arts in American culture varies. There are, of course, the imported kung fu and karate movies that have inspired and amazed generations of kids, and that inspiration has resulted in a huge popularity among would-be practitioners. By taking martial arts classes in kung fu and taekwondo, the very same boys and girls who started out simply watching martial arts movies are now constantly gaining new belts and ranks.

What you hear less about in the U.S., however, outside of organized competitions like mixed martial arts, are the adults still practicing martial arts – the senseis and masters. Here we have a particularly impressive example of that. At 64, this judo master looks to have the body of a 25-year-old man, accomplishing remarkable feats of physical strength that most people in their 20s certainly wouldn’t be able to. Martial arts, after all, is one of the best forms of exercise there is, disciplining both your mind and your body, and this is a perfect example of why.

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