Meet Doncaster’s pensioner martial arts representatives


Striking old age for several is a time to fix your feet, loosen up and take pleasure in a gentler speed of life.

Not for one team of Doncaster pensioners - that are dealing with back versus old age by taking up taekwondo!

We have had a couple of queries up until now from individuals claiming that they have actually constantly wished to attempt it however never ever gone all out.



Jenny prompted other individuals to offer it a shot.
We wouldn’t anticipate individuals of a sophisticated age coming for the very first time to be able to do high kicks as well as specialist relocations clearly so we start with mild heat up, standard kicks and also punches simply to obtain them made use of to it. Additionally down the line we will certainly develop up on the collection of actions and also abilities.



The little team of sprightly silver martial artists satisfy each Thursday night at a gym in a commercial estate in Doncaster to exercise their finest kicks, strikes and challenges as component of their personal battle club.


She stated: There was a man with a strolling stick that was saying with me and the condition obtained a little warmed, however the good news is he understood that I was and also undoubtedly made a decision to leave it there.


We desire as lots of people as feasible to participate as well as my message to individuals would certainly be to simply come as well as take a crack at.


And also anybody that fantasizes trying will certainly be learning from the most effective.

Kathy, a mum-of-one from Armthorpe, got to the taekwondo quarter finals at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, is a previous globe and also European bronze champion, and also previous 17-time British Champion.

She claimed: Going to the Olympics and all these huge competitions was definitely fantastic. You were simply component of the group.

She ended up being associated with the martial arts self-control late in life herself when matured in her mid 40s as well as currently thinks there is no much better means to maintain fit.


Kathy released Ultimate Taekwondo 20 years earlier and also is currently concentrated on assisting older individuals to obtain entailed.

She claimed: Jenny is superb and also she reveals that it is definitely never ever late to occupy a brand-new sporting activity or task that you have an interest in.


She claimed: My boy Duncan was currently doing taekwondo and also I wished to obtain fitter so I provided it a shot as well as have actually never ever recalled.


If you really need to use your abilities after that the circumstance has actually gone also much.

You never ever recognize, you may much like it. We might also wind up with brand-new individuals obtaining black belts.

I assume some individuals have an understanding that it is a more youthful individual s task.

Responses up until now have actually been superb. Those in the course have actually claimed points like they would certainly never ever have actually assumed they would certainly have the ability to do it as well as are so delighted they tried.

Put on to be placed off by it, taekwondo is for every person, of any kind of age or capacity.


She discussed that as she functioned her method up with the rankings she has actually needed to kick and also punch with blocks, rack up kicks as well as punches versus a sports 19-year-old in sparring and also protect herself versus a substitute strike. As well as the Sprotbrough woman nearly needed to place her abilities right into method out in the real life once.

She included: It is simply an excellent means to improve fitness, enhance co-ordination and also memory via learning series. The social side of it is terrific also - exactly what a wonderful possibility making brand-new buddies.



Things concerning taekwondo and also self-defense is making the various other individual conscious that you have these abilities and also might use them - however without really releasing them.

Course coach Jenny Furness is a 65-year-old grandmother-of-two that likewise takes place to be a 3rd than black belt in taekwondo.

Jenny claimed that the more than 50s course, which released concerning a month earlier after a 500 contribution from Doncaster Council, has actually until now been participated in by a couple of interested older individuals, consisting of a woman matured in her very early 70s, eager to offer something brand-new a shot.



Jenny got her amazing variety of battle abilities from previous Olympian Kathy Hook that has Ultimate Taekwondo, throughout a mentorship that started greater than 10 years back.

Job leaders at Ultimate Taekwondo introduced the supreme experts’ course for individuals matured over 50 to urge older individuals to get healthy and fit by participating in a task with a distinction.



She included: But understanding how you can safeguard on your own makes you stroll taller and also you really feel much more positive in on your own. Your entire body movement adjustments, so it makes any kind of possible strike much more not expected.