Experiencing a deep sense of pain is inevitable in your martial arts training. Injuries, excessive overuse, and uncontrolled partners are just some of the obstacles longtime karateka encounter while practicing their art. Adaptation becomes essential. Your training will transform in direct correlation to what your body is capable of achieving.
But don’t mistake being old or injured with weakness. While flying, spinning jump kicks may disappear from your repertoire, wisdom, strategy and cunning will take their place. Superfluous techniques will be replaced by direct, no-nonsense attacks. As the body ages, the mind does what it must to protect itself. That’s why so many older masters are still able to teach, train, and even thrive.