I have been studying a martial art for the last 7 years. The summer camp week is the highlight of the year for the organization. I had no expectations of where it would lead when I started. I just wanted something to help keep me in shape, maybe up my skill set for those times when I cannot carry a firearm.
I have lost 45 pounds. I work out 2 hours a night, three nights a week, do some seminars and extra practice, and participate in the summer camp every year. I am 57.
In the image below, I am the somewhat blurry figure in the center, throwing the very blurry guy. The three people on the stage are the testing board. It is after 2 AM and I have been up 20 hours after getting about 4 hours sleep the night before. I am testing for nidan, 2nd degree black belt.
I have friends, especially friends at the range, that question what I have been doing. I'm too old, it's not practical, there's the risk of training injuries, etc. I disagree. You're never too old. It teaches me things about situational awareness, it makes me stronger, and it teaches me new skills. Skills that the need for have not really diminished in the modern world.