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returning too training after a very long absence.
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for me its been allmost two and a half years , i think its time too go back because even after such a long time i still think about techniques and training quite often.
my main concern is my own mind thinking my body is capabale of doing what it remembers when my body has remained untrained for so long , ive also had some back problems while not training and im wondering if its a good idea too do some strengthening excericises and general fitness catching up before i waltze back into the old dojo and get the 7 shades beaten into my now marshmellow noodle armed physique :P.
so, what are peoples thoughts on this... should i just rock up or should i prepare myself first?

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you know your body best so you will know if you can do it.
I would say: go for it as soon as you can, especially if you feel like doing it. You can tall your partners to take it easy on you first. Some good regular fitness program is always a good ideam you can do it concurrently!

good luck!

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Just get back, do it and the most important thing: enjoy it!

Posted on: 2009/4/27 16:26
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Hello,

I too have been away from training for almost 3 years and have had the intentions of returning. For me though, I feel I needed to get myself back into shape before I get back to training. Over the past three years, I managed to change jobs several times, get married, move have a baby( my wife had the baby) and put on 20+ pounds (sympathy baby weight). So with all that I felt that I was risking possible injury by jumping right back into training. I made a decision to get back into shape. Since I made the decision I have lost 12 pounds and feel so much better. Eating right and regular exercise have been remarkable. Most importantly I feel I can do ukemi without getting hurt. I think too that age can make a difference. The older you are the more difficult getting back into training can be so being in better shape will help. BTW I'm 37 yo.

Good Luck,

Lou DeGraff

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I say go. The reality is none of us get the training montage before a fight. Though I admit just once I want to be able to yell "DRAGOOOOOOO!" on a mountain top

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UaLL79KJEc

but the reality is, just train. any training is better than none. There's a great section in "Zen and the martial arts" by Joe Hyams where he describes (I believe with a Hapkido) master how he is feeling discouraged because he is in his 50's and can't do the high and jumping kicks the younger students are doing. The master instead tells him to focus on what he can do and to do it well. I would say the same thing to you and let the rest come with time and effort.

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I replied on this thread because I also took up training last year at 47, I paused longer than 3 years, (I didn't want to pause I had to....) and I lost more than 20 pounds in a few months.

From a physical condition perspective there were no big issues
my right knee became way better after I had lost some weight and I plan to loose some more.

Gambatte kudasai


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Well, you need to keep yourself safe and able to go to work and pay the bills, so one side says take it slow. The other side is to find a relaxed state and do what you enjoy for a while so that your body starts getting back into it and your mind keeps going through the aches and pains.

That's what I'm trying to do, anyway. :)

Leam

Posted on: 2009/5/1 5:00
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I'll echo the general consensus and say go train. Stretch properly before and after, keep yourself hydrated, and do not hesitate to work at your own pace or to refrain from activities you are not up to doing yet. Starting over again at a physical disadvantage (from others or an earlier self) can teach you a lot.

Posted on: 2009/5/1 6:03
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You could always do start both at the same time. There's nothing wrong with starting a fitness program and restarting training together. :o)

Jon Haas
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Jump back in now. Right now. If you wait one minute, one second... another year will pass. Get back in training: stretch, breathe and go slow.

Enjoy your path.

-Joe

Posted on: 2009/5/2 4:37
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