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#434795 - 03/15/12 02:20 PM Soo Bahk Do... good for middle age people!
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Came across this old article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 18 middle aged people were seperated in to 2 groups. 9 did Soo Bahk Doo, 9 led sedantry lifestyles. They were then submitted to a battery of fitness tests (to test flexibility, strength, co-ordination, aerobic fitness et al).

In case you don't make it to the end I will ruin the surprise and tell you that the SBD students were far better in every test (except grip strength) than the sedantry group. Shocking stuff I know!!!

I decided to share this as although it wasn't a large study, certainly it offered encouraging results. There are have been some folks in the past who have asked if they are too old to start martial arts. I would say this study helps to show that traditional martial arts* probably a WAYYYY healthier option than doing nothing. I know that seems like common sense but you'd be surprised how many people need convincing!

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/38/2/143.abs


* Although this study looked at SBD students, I'd be fairly sure the results would be similar if they looked at students of a similar age group who did karate a similar traditional art.
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#434805 - 03/19/12 06:21 AM Re: Soo Bahk Do... good for middle age people! [Re: Prizewriter]
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I really liked this report, thank you for sharing this with us
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