Friday, December 04, 2009

Legend of the Invincible Old Man

I was getting ready to post my latest article on martial arts urban legends. Today I was going to talk about what I call The Legend of the Invincible Old Man. You've heard it - the idea that there's this weak, out-of-shape, sickly, elderly man who is invincible against young, strong, fit experts. This legend is often used by young guys who want to justify lazy training, as if they are saying, "I don't have to remain fit because I want to be like that amazing, Invincible Old Man."
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I bet it's hard to find an Invincible Old Man who is impervious to cholesterol and high blood pressure, and I know for certain that you can't find an old man who is so awesome that he has transcended having to have enough strength and aerobic capacity to drag his butt out of bed to go to the toilet.
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That's what I was going to write about today, but then I remembered that Dave Chesser had written this very same article a couple of years ago on his Formosa Neijia blog. It was actually a series of two articles, if I remember correctly. Anyway two articles was all I could find on the subject looking thru his archives...
I think Dave's point still stands - young men who want to claim that they are doing combatives or self-defense or martial arts for health benefits do not need to be training (only) like their ancient predecessors.
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