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    It should be noted that you can carry on doing Judo well into old age





    As long as you keep practices age appropriate and know your limitations, like anything else.

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    The only problem for judo (depending on what you want to do) you need a minimum of fitness and "not-too-injured" status. For tai chi "health" stuff you don't afaik.

    But mostly you need good technical players to do it with... the local comp stable full of hunched-over meatheaded 20something won't usually be very fitting for an older recreational player.
    In big cities of course there are proper clubs where there's a bit of everything but many smaller clubs are very focused on the sport side of judo.

    It was conceived as a lifelong activity, also in the intentions of the old man. I'd like to be able to do it into old age, like some people do tennis matches with their friends, they could throw each other around instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cullion View Post
    so looking for 'pure' Tai Chi fighters in MMA would be a fools quest. I'm aware of 1 professional MMA fighter in the UK with a substantial Tai Chi background who had an 'okay' record, but he cross trained extensively.
    Looking for pure anything fighters in MMA is a fools quest nowadays. Everybody cross trains if they want to be successful. It's just a question of whether your base is any good for offence and how easy it is to fill in the holes in your defence.

    It sounds like tai chi and BJJ would be a nice combination.
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    If as many people interested in full contact competition trained in martial tai chi as trained in Judo or BJJ, maybe the picture would be different. But it's very hard these days to get the fresh meat through the door. The kind of people who would be interested in training up for a San Shou fight are the kind of people who usually visit the local MMA gym first, for totally understandable reasons.

    Tim Cartmell is an interesting example of an 'internal martial arts/tai chi' guy who combined it with a blackbelt in BJJ.
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