Why This 50 Year Old Father Loves Zen-Do


I always tell people “if you can walk, then you can learn Zen-Do kickboxing.”  There’s no age limit.  At Zen-Do Bahrain we teach people from as young as three years old to… well there is no upper age limit.  If you can still walk, then you can learn it.

Here’s what Salah AlRafeia says about his Zen-Do experience.  Salah turned 50 this year and is loving it!  Here’s what he says about his Zen-Do experience:

I first heard about Zendo from my daughter, who had heard it from a friend. Having done some Tae Kwon Do in the past, I was looking for a new way to stay fit. Also I reached a milestone this year. I turned 50. Although others might think this is the time to relax, I would say it’s the opportunity to learn something new. And that opportunity was realized when I  joined Zendo earlier this year.
It’s been around 6 months so far, and I feel great. Zendo is the perfect place to take out all the pressures of the workplace. And at the same time, the perfect way to keep fit. I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting there.

The other students in my class are amazing. And we’ve really bonded.  Not only that, the environment is so friendly and the team at Zendo are so nice and friendly. They even give you push ups with a smile. You don’t feel like you’re in military camp, even though you’re sweating at the end of it.

At my age, I want to prove that I’m still fit. And I’m definitely getting there. Slowly, but surely.  So how would I sum up Zendo?  Fitness, Friendliness, and Stress release. All in one.

Interesting huh?  I like the bit about the push ups with a smile.    And I think the way he described Zen-Do was right on the button.  Zen-Do is not about the kicking and punching, it’s about the people.  What makes Zen-Do so successful is the amazing people that come here, and how they support each other.  And I go out of my way to make sure we only have instructors that are friendly and treat students with utmost dignity and respect.

I want to comment on the Salah’s age, or rather on age in general.  I’ve heard people in their late thirties and forties tell me their too old to learn martial arts, what BS!  You’re only as old as you feel!

You don’t have just “one age”, you have three.  The first is your chronological age.  This is the age most people know.  If you were born 50 years ago your chronological age is 50.  The second is your biological age.  This depends on how well you take care of yourself.  You might be 50 years old but have the biological age of someone half your age.  This could also be the other way around.  I know people who are my age (36) but probably have the biological age of someone in their sixties.  Your biological age can be changed.  The better you take care of your self mentally, physically and spiritually, the lower your biological age will be.  The third type of age is your psychological age.  Again, this can go up and down depending on how well you take care of yourself.

So my friend, you can defy your own age.  And who knows?  Maybe learn kickboxing like our friend Salah here.  If you were so inclined, you can call us on 17 611 909.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and talk to you soon.

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