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Martial Arts: An Unexpectedly Great Activity for Seniors

Why Taekwondo Is Worth Exploring for Older Adults


As martial arts for older adults continue to grow in popularity, more community centers and towns are offering classes specifically for this demographic. Classes geared toward older adults can be tailored for different levels of fitness, injury issues, and mobility ranges. Many older adults who engage in this ancient practice notice a significant change in how they relate to their bodies, as well as the world around them. By focusing on the mental and spiritual aspects, martial arts can help seniors exceed their own expectations of what they’re physical body is capable of. More than just a fun hobby, martial arts offers a way of life for seniors by constantly encouraging to bring together body, mind, and spirit.


Practicing martial arts regularly can help seniors remain independent while aging in place, especially for older adults who are easily bored or dislike mundane routine. 

Our CFTP program offers an exciting way to stay in shape. It’s a great cardio workout that exercises the entire body from head to toe, builds muscle without needing to lift weights and all the while trains their mind the whole time. Taekwondo is an excellent choice for older adults because it is relatively easy to learn, has multiple benefits, and can be an empowering way for seniors to learn how to defend themselves. It will improve balance; boost their stamina, agility, coordination, range of motion, flexibility, strength, endurance, mental acuity and self-discipline and confidence. This type of training is also a great way to reduce stress and promote healthy living habits. How’s that for a well-rounded exercise routine?

Bruce Lee, one of the world’s most beloved martial artists, is full of wise quotes. One of my favorites is this old gem: “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” While we might not immediately think of martial arts as a sport for older adults, there are many ways in which martial arts and aging are a perfect match: Both are a combination of strength, experience, and wisdom. With facets of community building, mindfulness, and physical strength, martial arts can offer older adults an opportunity to tap into their deeper inner power. To excel at this sport, life experience is paramount.

Martial arts aren’t just a fitness class — it’s a culture. Many active seniors are taking up martial arts training in their 60s, 70s and 80s. This can be a great way to stay in shape, learn new things and meet other people. Students are encouraged to focus on bettering themselves each day. Ongoing training can boost one’s confidence and self-esteem; learning how to defend one’s self is very empowering. And by choosing martial arts, they’ll no doubt be in good company as older adults are taking up this fascinating sport to sharpen their mind and body.

What Are the Benefits of Taekwondo for Older Adults?

Increased Strength

There are many benefits to incorporating martial arts into one’s life. Still, one of the most important is that it can increase strength and flexibility. This is especially true for older adults who experience pain such as arthritis and may have lost some muscle mass and flexibility. Taekwondo can help restore these abilities, making them more able to defend themselves and add mobility to their daily lives.

Improved Balance and Coordination
As we age, our balance and coordination can suffer. This can lead to falls and other injuries, so it’s crucial to find a martial art to improve these skills. One of the best martial arts for elderly people is taekwondo. This discipline focuses on improving balance and coordination through drills and exercises.

Improved Cardiovascular Health
Martial arts can improve cardiovascular health by teaching seniors how to maintain proper posture and breathing, which can help prevent heart disease. Additionally, martial arts can increase strength and flexibility, essential for preventing falls and other injuries.

Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion

As we age, our range of motion decreases. This can make it more challenging to perform specific martial arts techniques. One way to increase flexibility and range of motion is by stretching and correct breathing techniques. These exercises help improve the range of motion in your joints and muscles. Additionally, Taekwondo  can be a great way to stay active and keep your mind sharp as you age.

Enhanced Agility and Speed
As we age, our muscles may not be as strong as they once were. This can impact our agility and speed, making it harder to move quickly and effectively. Luckily, our program offers exercises that focus on enhancing these abilities.

Improves Self-Defense Skills
Many elderly people find that martial arts training improve their self-defense skills. Martial arts can help seniors stay agile and mobile, which can help them evade an attacker if necessary. Additionally, martial arts training can teach seniors how to use their bodies strategically to defeat an opponent.


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