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    So I took my very first Kenpo lesson today. I enjoyed it a lot, and I'm very excited about continuing. I've been reading through this forum for an hour or so, and occasionally I will come across someone saying "I started when I was 12 (or 13, or 14, or 10, etc) and my questions is: I'm 29. Am I too old to do this?

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    It is never too late to start training.
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    Well, I started at 20...that's pretty old for some. I have a guy who started at 32 (started a year ago) and he has better form AND power than anyone I have. Everyone else is under 25! He has absolutely no prior training in the martial arts. You can be just as good as a 25 year old, but you may have to work harder, stretch longer and take more breaks.
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    I sometimes wish I could have started when I was about 12 years old. I didn't start until I was 29, either. Was suppose to test for my yellow just after my 30th birthday when my instructor quit. I am happy to say that I am back into Kenpo now, and I don't care how old I am. I don't learn as fast as I want to, but I am feeling really good about what I am learning. I am sure you will do just fine! You know what they say, "Better late than never!"

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    I agree.....better late than never.
    Sometimes when you start hobbies a little later in life you're willing to invest a bit more time and thought process to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonanger View Post
    my questions is: I'm 29. Am I too old to do this?
    Yes.


    Because if you are all of 29, you are practically dead and all learning stops. There's no point in trying to learn anything new or to get in better shape or to reach for any new goals.

    Nope.

    No point at all.

    So don't get attached to it because you'll probably fail.

    (You do know I'm kidding, right?)

    My hubby just started and he's 39. I have two other men in class and one's 38 and the other is 43. They've been doing it a year or less and are doing great.

    One woman in class is 29 or 30 and the other is at least your age. No biggie. They are new and are doing great.

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    I started when I was 40 so I think at 29 your still a pup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonanger View Post
    So I took my very first Kenpo lesson today. I enjoyed it a lot, and I'm very excited about continuing. I've been reading through this forum for an hour or so, and occasionally I will come across someone saying "I started when I was 12 (or 13, or 14, or 10, etc) and my questions is: I'm 29. Am I too old to do this?

    Nope never too oI started when I was 28 and I now have a stuwh abeen training for a 5 years and has reached 2nd Kyu brown he started when he was 55

    So there's hope for us all :
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    I left another art and started Kenpo at 30. You are never too old.
    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    I started at 39, if Willie Nelson can get his black belt at 60, then I stand a shot too.


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    Well donít be discouraged, I started at 32. Like many I wish I had started back when I was 12 or younger but I honestly donít think I would have been as serious as I am at this age. It might take me a little longer to learn some things but once I have them I will always have them. And now I canít see my self not attending a Kenpo class.
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    I just started a few months ago at er....46(?).

    Get ready to see your awareness of your body increase, your flexibility to improve, increased focus, and posture improve.

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    I was 40 when I started but there was a blue belt at that time who was 76. The funny thing was that he quit Kenpo later because he was too busy and didn't have enough time.

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    Started at 35

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    Ahhh to be 29 again ... Wow what I could change in my life!

    Good luck in your journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2004hemi View Post
    Well donít be discouraged, I started at 32. Like many I wish I had started back when I was 12 or younger but I honestly donít think I would have been as serious as I am at this age. It might take me a little longer to learn some things but once I have them I will always have them. And now I canít see my self not attending a Kenpo class.
    I think that is a great point. For some training at a later age gives them more clarity. They are more focused and serious about training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by florida_kenpo View Post
    Ahhh to be 29 again ... Wow what I could change in my life!.
    I was thinking more like 19.



    I remember reading Mr. Wedlake's book, I believe kenpo101 where he made reference to one of his students starting at 67 or 69yrs. old. I'd have to go look it up but it's in there with his picture.

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    You are never to old to start......unless you really think you are. It is isn't your age that is a determining factor it is your outlook. Kenpodoc talks about a 76 year-old guy starting. Most people would think he should be settling down by then, he obviously wasn't. He had a different outlook.

    So do what you want to do, enjoy it. Life is what you make of it.

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    i started last june.. im 22. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfarnsworth View Post
    I was thinking more like 19.



    I remember reading Mr. Wedlake's book, I believe kenpo101 where he made reference to one of his students starting at 67 or 69yrs. old. I'd have to go look it up but it's in there with his picture.

    I hear ya brother. 19 again, wow I could actually go train with Mr. Parker if that was the case.

    Lee Wedlake's books are excellent. I highly recommend them to anyone.
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