Video: Nizwa's elderly Omanis get a kick out of karate

Oman Sunday 17/December/2017 21:59 PM
By: Times News Service

Muscat: A karate course for the elderly, with the participation of more than 20 people between the ages of 55 and 75, was held at the Nizwa Club.
“There were no conditions; we wanted to involve everybody who was interested,” remarked Sensei Said Alhashmi, Chairman of Japan Karate Association in Oman and its official representative. “The course content was meant for the elderly to help them take precautions.
“Initially, we had only 12 persons, but it increased to 20 in the second week. We expect the numbers to go up in the third week,” added Alhashmi.
“Initially, they were wondering about the content of the course. However, after the course initiation and the instructors’ interpretations, they accepted the idea, and they were really motivated to do and continue the course,” explained Alhashmi.
“The training course will go on for five weeks, twice a week. In addition to providing sports training, and advice on stretching techniques and strengthening of muscles, we also provide some additional services such as regular check-up of glucose levels and blood pressure, lectures on healthy food intake and physiotherapy guidance.
“We will try to slowly create awareness about the benefits of karate among the society members. The karate academy will support the society. We particularly want to build a lasting relationship between the academy and the Oman Association.
“We aim to spread the benefits of sports among all the society segments, where it can reach the rich, poor, educated, uneducated, youth and the elderly people,” affirmed Alhashmi.