5 Senior Athletes That Prove Age Is Just a Number

Check out these senior athletes that defy age like it is a piece of cake. It is already impressive to continue being active when you hit your senior years, but these five senior athletes take active to a whole new level!

1. Yuichiro Miura

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Miura was born on October 12, 1932. He is a Japanese alpinist and age is just a number in his book. At age 70, he became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Although, the record was broken again on May 26, 2008, Miura went back to take back his record. He gracefully summited Mount Everest at the age of 75, again. On May 23, 2013 Miura became the oldest person to reach the summit once again at 80 years young. He’s a Guinness Book Of World Records celebrity.

2. Jaring Timmerman

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Timmerman is the first 105-year-old Masters swimmer in history. No man or woman has ever competed in the 105-109 Masters swimming age group. On January 25, 2014, this senior athlete set world records in the 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle at the Catherine Kerr Short Course Meters Pentathlon. Ladies and gentlemen, Jaring Timmerman!

3. Jacinto Bonilla

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For all of you CrossFit junkies out there, we present to you Mr. Bonilla, a 74-year-old with a CrossFit WOD (Workout Of the Day) named after him, the “Jacinto Storm.” This WOD was made on his 69th birthday consisting of 69 squats, 69 wall balls, 69 pull-ups, 69 push-ups, 69 kettlebell swings, and 69 deadlifts by using 95 pounds. This man has competed in the CrossFit games three times. In 2012, he placed 17th in the world in the masters 60+ division as the oldest athlete. He has no athletic background besides CrossFit, some run in road racing and a few marathons. You don’t want to mess with this dude.

4. John Zapotocky

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R.I.P. Mr. Zapotocky. Zapotocky passed away at age 95 on October 13, 2013. The surfing community lost a legend. Zapatocky was known as “Zap” and had been surfing for 65 years and paddle boarding for more than 55 years. He moved to Hawaii in 1940 where he fell in love with the ocean. He was the oldest Beach Boy Surfer in the world and oldest regular surfer in Waikiki. Zapotocky was first inspired to be a stand-up paddler in the mid-1940s by Duke Kahanamoku. This man was a true inspiration. One of his secrets to a long-lasting healthy life was eating organic foods. Zapotocky and his dedicated swimmer wife, Anne, tended organic gardens for many years.

5. Pat Gallant-Charette

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Gallant-Charette is a 63-year-old grandmother, who works 32 hours a week as a nurse, and another 40 hours looking after her grandchildren. However, that’s not all folks. This woman has been nominated two years in a row for World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year (WOWSA). When Gallant-Charette lost her brother Robbie at only 34 years old, her 16-year-old son encouraged her to swim the 2.4 mile Peaks to Portland Swim in his honor. At 46 years old, she didn’t believe she could achieve this task, but she successfully did. She fell in love with distance swimming, and at age 50 her energy and endurance only improved. At 61 years old she had the strongest swim of her life. She swam the 33 mile Tsugaru Strait  in Japan where she broke the world record as the oldest woman to have ever swam it.

Jeremy Kadoch

 Jeremy Kadoch has had a passion for sports since he was able to walk,

When Jeremy Kadoch was six years old his parents enrolled him in basketball and soccer. Ever since then, his passion to play has took his game to the next level. At the age of 13 he was recruited to play for the Police Athletic League where he won his first district trophy. He is currently attending Florida State University and is majoring in Information Communication Technology. In high school Jeremy strived to become a star basketball and tennis player and was well on his way of attaining that goal. Unfortunately due to a season ending wrist injury he was ousted from that dream during his senior year in High School. However he did not stop there, his passion to play, allowed him to overcome his injury. Jeremy currently plays in first division intramural basketball at FSU where he lead his team all the way to the Finals. When he is not on the courts, you can find Jeremy hard at work running his father’s entertainment company as head Marketing Director and also Jeremy is hard at work developing his own groundbreaking  Social Media Network that specializes in events. Jeremy is also an aspiring Poker Player and has numerous times qualified to play in one of the biggest college poker tournaments, the College Poker Tour.  In 2014 he joined Apex Sports Agency as an intern for Lead Agent Jason Chambers, where he manages all of the companies social media and business operations. He hopes to use his plethora of knowledge to improve the company.

 

At a young age Jeremy Kadoch has been inspired to create,

As a child in elementary school, Jeremy always found himself getting into trouble in class for making “inventions” using anything he could find near by. Since then he has kept his creative disposition and has taken his talents to the next level. As of now Jeremy is hard at work on what he believes is going to be the next big Social Network, which is set to launch in late 2014. On the side Jeremy is an actor for popular YouTube Comedy Channel FabtasticProductions where he will star in his first 10 Episode Reality Web Series.

 

Which Martial Art is the Best?

During my global travels as host of The History Channel’s Human Weapon, I was able to explore a variety of martial arts. While the show’s focus was primarily the history of these arts, mine was their practicality. Having been involved in some form of traditional martial arts since I was six years old and MMA since I was 16 years old, I see two very different sides to the collective martial community. On one side of the fence is mixed martial arts. Mixed, by definition, is a hybrid—a combination of techniques consistently refined by today’s gladiator, the MMA fighter. The problem we tend to have as MMA fighters is tunnel vision. We have seen martial arts come further in the past 15 years than the past 150 years. We have seen hundreds of fights and now have a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t in the cage.

 

On the other side of the fence are traditional martial arts. Some date back hundreds of years and are rooted deeply in a nation’s people, including Kung-Fu and Karate. These are the styles that—as mixed martial artists—we tend to almost look down on as “not effective” or “for fitness only.”I admit that I was guiltily of prejudice. I would journey to a country and be genuinely captivated by the culture, people, and history, but often times lacked the respect for the actual “art.” If this worked, we’d see it in the cage. If we didn’t … it didn’t.

 

This was my thought process until I went to Israel and met some awesome Krav Maga instructors. They opened my eyes to the simple fact that MMA, as all encompassing as we think it is, is really linear. We have techniques designed and refined for very specific combat. While highly effective in the cage and often outside, they are, like it or not, for sport.

 

Don’t get me wrong, if you train in MMA you can handle yourself better than 99% of the population. The difference is what works inside the cage isn’t necessarily what will work outside the cage.

 

Ask yourself these questions:

• What if I have to defend a family member while I’m getting attacked?
• What do I do if I’m a BJJ black belt but have to fight two guys?
• How can I minimize damage if someone picks up a knife or bottle?

 

The list could go on and on. This paradigm shift forced me to reevaluate all martial arts and realize that in the big picture, some are very underrated. Here is my list of martial arts that I believe should get their due.

 

6 Judo

Judo makes the list due to its extreme effectiveness.We have seen a few MMA guys use Judo, but as a whole it is not trained on a regular basis. With Judo you are able to manipulate an opponent using minimum force and still remain standing, alert, and aware. Judo also gives you a great sense of balance, which is a fantastic attribute in any sport. Its one reason MMA is exploding in Asia

 

5 Krav Maga

Due to the fact that Israelis a country with roughly seven million people surrounded by 40 million people that “aren’t too fond of them,” Krav Maga is an art consistently being refined to deal with very real world threats. Every citizen has to do their time in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and everyone in IDF is taught Krav Maga. While most of the techniques are not cage-ready, this is arguably one of the most effective martial arts for the real world.

 

4 Jeet Kune Do

Often called the “Father of Modern MMA,” Bruce Lee designed a martial art with one simple principal: use what is useful. Similar to Krav Maga, JKD builds on many art forms and encompasses a wide range of attacks. Simplicity is key.

 

3 Kung Fu

As one of the oldest arts known to man, Kung-Fu focuses on the holistic sense of balance. Body, mind, and spirit are all trained in this art. While I am not sold on many of the technical aspects of Kung-Fu, I do believe that martial arts at its highest level is a use of the mind, be it to meditate for focus before a fight or avoid a street altercation all together. Another great benefit of Kung-Fu is that it teaches us to use our chi, a vital part of fighting if not just life.

 

2 Escrima/Kali

While I don’t advocate beating someone with a stick, Escrima/Kali (yes, they are the same thing) is a great art for several reasons. First, a stick, unlike a sword, nun-chuck, or sai, can be found almost anywhere, making this weapons system a viable choice in the real world. Secondly, the techniques taught in Escrima/Kali can also be applied to knife and hand-to-hand combat. A focus on attacking angles and proper footwork is also a keynote for the curriculum.

 

1 Tai Chi

China has a few zillion people in it. How do they manage not to go nuts on a daily basis? I’m going to go with Tai Chi. This ancient art is not combat based, but rather a way to focus and align oneself. Many fighters have found the benefits of calming your mind thru yoga, meditation, or Tai Chi. I chose this as the #1 underrated martial art simply because if you do not have a calm mind, it is difficult to focus in any area of life. Have you ever had those days where you had so much going on you didn’t want to train? How about so much stress that it affected work? Train the mind and the body will follow.

 

Remember, at the end of the day, whether you are a Judoka, BJJ’er, boxer, mixed martial artist, or high school wrestler, we are all Martial Artists first.

5 Reasons Asian MMA will EXPLODE in 2014

 

Saying that MMA has been a rapidly growing sport since its inception is misleading. As most of us know, there was a time when MMA was all but gone from the public eye. The pulse of our sport was fading and it was put on life support. Its almost hard to believe that a sport, once nearly abandoned, has become such an engrained part of our culture.  Perhaps it’s the visceral appeal to the hunter/gatherer in us all or the raw emotion that is invoked as we watch modern day Gladiators do battle. Whatever the reason we love it and we love watching it grow.

 

The question is not “Will MMA get bigger?” the question is “Where will MMA get bigger?”. Well hold onto your seats because the MMA boom Asia will see in 2014, may be larger than anything we’ve experienced before.

 

Here are 5 reasons Asia will be the hotbed of 2014:

 

5. EVOLVE MMA:

Arguably the top MMA gym in Asia.  EVOLVE MMA was founded by Harvard Graduate and Martial Arts fanatic, Chatri Sityodtong.  Already boasting an impressive stable of world class trainers and fighters, EVOLVE has also begun an online training center and plans to open several more gyms throughout Asia in 2014.

 

4. WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING:

This relative new comer to the MMA scene has managed to sign a great mix of former UFC stars and upcoming talent.  They have held several shows to date and each one slightly better then the one before. World Series of Fighting has been aggressively expanding into the Canadian market and plans at least 2 shows in Japan for 2014.

 

3. “FEEDER” ORGS ARE EVERYWHERE

Just like in the USA we saw tons of smaller “B” and “C” tier shows pop up effectively allowing guys to get the right bouts and experience under their belts.  Asia is no different.  With several already established “Feeder shows” like Road FC in Korea; Pancrase, VTJ, Shooto and Deep in Japan and PXC in the Philippines.  There are tons of new shows both amateur and pro popping up everywhere

 

2. THE UFC:

It was never a question of “if” but “when” the UFC would want to move into Asia.  It makes complete sense, Asia is the home to Martial Arts and the UFC is Home to MMA. With offices already set up in Singapore and one event under their belt, the UFC is planning an aggressive slate of 7 shows across Asia next year.

 

1. ONE FC

The UFC may be the Home to MMA, but ONE Fc is the home to Asian MMA. ONE Fc has become a global competitor in both scope and reach.  The UFC / ONE FC rivalry has aptly been described as an Apple vs Samsung – East vs West Dualopoly. With a solid track record of events and a top shelf roster of fighters including Bibano Fernandez, Shinya Aoki and former Bellator champ, Ben Askren coupled with a planned 14 event Pan-Asian schedule. One FC looks to remain the Beast of the East.

Is ONE FC The New PRIDE?

ONE FC is the largest MMA organization in Asia and often draws comparisons to the much beloved PRIDE events – but what is ONE FC really? Launched just two years ago on July 14th, 2011, ONE Fighting Championship is now the most widely recognized MMA promotion in Asia and is gaining popularity.

Top Fight Promotion One Fighting Championship and Apex Sports Agency Agree To Terms

ASA Retained By ONE FC to be North American Brand Ambassador Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (USA): Apex Sports Agency (ASA) today announced that a partnership with top Asian fight organization ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) has been agreed to. With this pact, ASA will now exclusively handle all North American sponsorship

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