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Seniors earning black belts, staying active
BY MARGARET SNIDER
GOLD COUNTRY NEWS SERVICE
Many older adults haveexpressed a desire to par-ticipate in martial arts, orregret that they didn’t do it when they were younger. As evidenced by those whohave successfully joinedand completed martialarts programs, it is possi-ble to attain these goals with programs that takeinto consideration the per-son’s capabilities, such asin the Wise Warriors pro-gram now offered by TheStudio Martial Arts & Fit-ness in Granite Bay.“We wanted to makesure that even those withphysical limitations arestill active and healthy and those that are in their50s and 60s and 70s, evenfolks that are in retire-ment, can have some-thing that they work hardfor and attain,” said Ami-tis Pourarian, 35, owner of The Studio Martial Arts &Fitness in Granite Bay andSan Diego. “It’s never toolate to do martial arts.”The Studio conceived of Wise Warriors because of the number of peoplePourarian encountered who said they would loveto learn martial arts, butthought they were too oldor too limited, or wereleery of injuries from thecontact part of the sport.“The criteria are modi-fied slightly based onphysical limitations andage group,” Pourariansaid. “But they’ll still earnevery belt, they’ll still work hard for every belt, they just won’t have that physi-cal contact part of itunless they choose toengage in some of it, then we can incorporate it.”It will keep them freshmentally as well as physi-cally, Pourarian said, asthey continuously learnnew material.“We still do all the tradi-tional forms,” Pourariansaid. “We’ve added in a lit-tle bit of Qigong in there,too, a little bit of Tai Chi, alittle bit of yoga, a little bitof meditation, plus all themartial arts aspects. ...They will do weapons,
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Wise Warrior Taekwondo student Laurie Rich, ofCarmichael, works out at The Studio in Granite Bay.
Never too late for martial arts