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Out of shape Martial Artist

MeganSKMAMeganSKMA Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
Hello all!

I am a 37-year-old mother of three. In a bit of mid life crisis moment I joined a dojo and began training in martial arts. I will be testing for my 6th belt soon. This has become my own personal Mt. Everest. My friends think I'm insane. My husband is supportive but a bit in shock. I've gotten this far out of sheer determination, but my last belt test was brutal. I have no stamina and wear down quickly. If I am going to acheive my dream of being a black belt, I need to lose 50 pounds give or take. I would love some MFP friends for support.
edited March 14

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  • mkbrockmanmkbrockman Posts: 28Member, Premium Member Posts: 28Member, Premium Member
    I’m also a martial artist, I’m overweight and get tired easy. I’m always asking for ways to get better. I find sparring a great relaxing workout
  • Don_WM_Don_WM_ Posts: 258Member Member Posts: 258Member Member
    Hello!
    I didn't start martial arts until I was 56 and though I had been losing weight, I was still 30 pounds over weight. I guess I had sort of a 'late life' crisis haha. It took 3 years and 8 months (but who is counting) to get my black belt. I can tell you it takes great perseverance and determination which I am sure you already know. I am really glad I did not give up. I found doing lots of cardio to help a lot with endurance. I walk 6 miles or more most days with around 3 of that at ~4mph. Sparing, jump rope, running, are all very good for cardio. Of course martial arts itself is very good cardio - most lessons are sort of naturally high intensity interval training. Right now, I've let myself get a little out of control and need to lose 20 pounds and yes, it puts a hit on my stamina. Hang in there, don't give up!
  • MeganSKMAMeganSKMA Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    Thanks you guys! Glad to have ran across both of you on here. Every time I'm doing my warm ups in class I try to keep an eye on the belts hanging on the wall. They keep me going. Our black belt test is supposedly vicious though I dare say they all are at any school. I'll never get it in my current state. Thanks for the motivation!
  • lx1xlx1x Posts: 9,103Member Member Posts: 9,103Member Member
    Former martial artist also.....trying to get back in shape..

    I see you train in eskrima.. 👍👍
  • MeganSKMAMeganSKMA Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    lx1x wrote: »
    Former martial artist also.....trying to get back in shape..

    I see you train in eskrima.. 👍👍

    YES I love it. It's an amazing art. Some of the drills can make me insane but I'm still fairly new to it.
  • lx1xlx1x Posts: 9,103Member Member Posts: 9,103Member Member
    Best friend went to the Philippines to compete..

    Long time ago.. he taught me couple moves etc. Fast paced stick fighting..lol
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