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  • Certifications for instructing senior citizens in martial arts?
    Greetings to all my martial arts brothers and sisters. I am looking for a school or organization that offers seminars with certification to instruct senior citizens in the martial arts. I have been active in martial arts for 37 years, and have been instructing for 32 years. I would love to offer an opportunity for senior citizens in my community to get involved in something that can add to their quality of life like it has for all of us in the martial arts community. Having said that I also wish to approach it in the most professional and safe manor. I have the utmost confidence in my own teachings skills, but also understand that there must be proven approaches that would insure that my program is the best possible. Thank you in advance for any assistance you might provide. Master Simle

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      Brian Milligan Where is you Dojang Master Gordon Smiley. I cant find any ref. to you google. or F/B.
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        Master Gordon Simle My Kyoshi is opening a new school in Sun Prairie, WI in September. I will be the senior instructor, and sparring team coordinator. My former school was Blue Dragon Martial Arts.
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          Will - Black Belt Wiki [251968,Master Gordon Simle]

          Good luck with the new school. I hope you will let us know how the school progresses in the early days.

          Do you have any special plans for the opening of the school? Is there an existing base of martial arts students in this town?

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            Will - Black Belt Wiki Also email us with your school info when everything is up & running. We will add it to our school directory (with an extra highlight) to hopefully help you gain some new students -

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      Brian Milligan The ITF Over 50 Harmony Development Program. Has training for instructors under the leadership of ITF President Gaston Casero. Contact him for further Info. 4 conferences have been held so far and they are well attended. Gaston also has a video on U TUBE describing the philosophy behind the Program well worth a watch. There is a class upcomming in Spain Feb 9th 2018. Run By the President and Maximilion Montel. I am 78 and started Taekwondo last year ,now have my Yellow belt and take my green strip benalmadina Spain. under my Sabum Maximilion Montel. My Sabum here in Scotland is Grand Master Sutherland GMSA livingston.
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      David Petrie Having your experience, I am certain that you could develop a curriculum that would be suitable for this demographic. My first counsel is to keep it simple. I would recommend a book called "Streetwise" by Peter Consterdine (also available in video). It examines real life situations which would be beneficial to the development of your course...
      I would be very interested in your progress.
      Godspeed with your project. I am certain that you will be successful!
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        Master Gordon Simle Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words. I will definitely get a copy of "Streetwise." Godspeed to you and yours as well.
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      S.P. Congratulations on your continued efforts to instruct.
      (FWIW, in the karate kumite category of local competition in Japan, it seems the manner of classification is from age 55, one is Senior...)
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      David Ianetta I don't have any help to offer, but I did want to say that what you are doing with a school for seniors is awesome!
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki The first thing that pops into my mind is the Cane Masters program (self-defense training for people who use a cane) -

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        Master Gordon Simle Thank you Sir. I will definitely look into that. Thank you so much for attaching the link. Osu
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          David Petrie CaneMaster techniques seem to get a bit involved. Check out Soke Takayuki Kubota's "Tsue No Kata." It's a six part series of kata aimed at real life situations.
          Practical techniques with practical application.
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      Brian Milligan In Taekwondo there is ==== The Over 50 Harmony Program.=== a wonderful new addition to the Arts age defined groups.
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        Master Gordon Simle Thank you Sir. I will look into this program. If you remember any websites connected to this program, please feel free to share. Continued good health and happiness to you and yours.

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