The obvious martial arts focus is on the young: as children develop and grow, martial arts helps with co-ordination, flexibility, reaction speed, moral sensibility, co-operation, respect and a sense of being better able to understand and control one’s body.
There is a family in Halifax, Canada where a 10-year-old girl is about to test for her 2nd Dan black belt at the same time her 72-year-old grandmother, who took up taekwondo after a heart attack, will test for her 1st Dan. Part of the grandmother’s test involves 100 pushups. (The journalist does not relate how many pushups the girl must do).
The grandmother’s instructor tailored a specific training program for her, as you might expect. It’s not that different a perspective to teaching 5-year-olds, its just that their tailored programs are more widely adopted.
“Taekwondo is all about doing the best that you can do”, says the student, whether they are 72 or 5 years old. They share a common outlook in their training which spans the years (although the grandmother has the advantage of being able to count as far as 100!).