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Training on a Sunday in 2023 November . The number of participants was unusually low: 13. One teenager, zero in their 20s to 40s, four in their 50s, four in their late 60s and four in their 70s. Today's training is truly a dojo for the elderly. But why are the seniors so energetic? I checked the age group of the Hashimoto Dojo. Currently there are 37 active members: 2 in their teens, zero in their 20s, 4 in their 30s, 6 in their 40s, 10 in their 50s, 6 in their 60s and 9 in their 70s. As we are celebrating our 40th anniversary, of course there are many high dan members and half of them are 5 dan or above. The only kyu member is Franek, a 4th kyu, and the only non-kyu members are Tenmei-san(13years) and a newcomer, Matsumoto-san(52years). 

According to Haruo Hashimoto, the Friendship Chairman, "Old people in retirement, including myself, have few places to go, and the dojo is the best and most suitable place!" The dojo is the best and most suitable place for the elderly in retirement. In the words of the famous ageing researcher Takehiko Kobayashi Sensei, "People grow old and become people". According to the Sensei, wild animals do not get old. Old age is a special privilege that humans as an organism have acquired in the course of evolution, and not everyone can continue to be active and healthy. There are illnesses, and if you overdo it, you will be hated as an 'old person'. But that doesn't mean we should rush into retirement. How you live like a human being depends on how you spend your old age. 

Management consultant Yukio Funai Sensei said: 'What is very important for human beings is to learn and remember, and you must continue to do so throughout your life. As soon as you stop learning, you start getting old. As long as you are learning, you are young" and the three conditions of "interest, liking and trust" as tips for living well. 

These words are based on Confucius' saying: 'He who knows this is like he who likes this. Those who like it are the ones who enjoy it". We are interested in it, we like it, and because we like it, we work at it until we are sure of it. 

I am 77 years old and cannot practice and teach with the vigor of a young person any more, but I do explain and practice with a focus on physical manipulation and theory. 

The mid- and late-aged people in the dojo over the age of 70 are in good health. We will continue to pull the young people (including those in their 50s) along with us to the extent that they do not call us old people or harass them.



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