Alive and kicking at 66.

by Russ Johnson
(Princeton Junction, NJ)

I began studying Taekwondo in 1972 with Grandmaster Bobby Kim, who in 1974 began a new career and went on to star in more than a dozen martial-arts films.

The advice he gave me 40+ years ago is the same advice he still gives: Always do your best. What more can anyone do?

I turn 67 this summer, and I now offer free self-defense workshops in New Jersey senior centers. I also continue to compete, and in November of last year was grand champion, senior forms, at the 38th U.S. Open Championships held at Rutgers University and sponsored by Grandmaster Y.B. Choi.

The older I get, the more I value "The Taekwondo Life" and all that it can do for each of us. Thanks for your help in spreading the word about lifelong Taekwondo.

Linda's reply
Your story is very inspiring - thank you so much for sharing your journey and photo so we can spread the word to our more mature audience.

I just turned 50 so hoping to stay on track just like you!

Awesome ap chagi:)

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Many thanks.
by: Russ

Thanks for your kind words, Linda. The older you get, the more Taekwondo will benefit your mind and body. Never stop.

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