Re: 70 year old Shihan climbs Mount Fuji
Very cool. Some of the older folks out there simply amaze me.
I can only hope to keep moving, doing, adventuring and learning like that.
O got to spend a weekend with Kiyama Hiroshi sensei a couple years back. He was then 76, a WW II bomber pilot, a lifelong budoka and sweet, active, vital guy. Teaches iaido, jodo and kendo in Japan. Trained the legs off almost all of us who were there that weekend. It was grand!
My student, Courtney Young, who's just returned to the States; 65 years old, former competetive judoka, trained with me for a year here. In the dojo, he takes ukemi, gives the young guys a run for their rmoney, and is truly a delight to have on the mat.
He also skis Alpine glaciers, hikes, sails (was slated to enter a regatta the week after he flew back to New York) and generally lives well, fully and deeply.
Another former student back in Indiana, Bob Craig, started training when he was in his 60s, and stayed with me for almost 10 years, also dabbling in karate for a while. Now, in his 70s, he's slowed down a bit, but still plays table tennis, hikes the hills of southern Indiana, runs a music teaching business and plays (woodwind instruments mostly) professionally.
We can only hope to age so gracefully and well.
Best to you and your teacher, Jorge!