Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Age as an advantage

At 30, I would like to think that I am still relatively young. Granted I am not nearly as flexible as I was a few years ago - and my knees have been reminding me of that all day long. But from a strength Stamina point of view, I don't see myself as significantly less strong than someone who is 25 and in the same realtive shape and size that I am.

But it seems that 30 is the cutoff age in many Judo tournaments. While many competitive Judoka over 30 compete in the general adult weight classes, many competitions have what they call 'masters' competitions. They generally break down every decade from 30 to 70 and have Judoka within the same age range fight one another.

I am wondering if a)Any of the competitions that I am going to will have such divisions, and b) Should I compete having an age edge over the 39 year olds that I will be playing. Granted most of the Judoka in my class are in the 30-45 age range, and most of them could easily give me a run for my money if not kick my ass altogether.

Maybe I will just enter both regular and masters and see what happens.

Maybe I will enter both.

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