Where can a 34-year-old dude with a bad knee learn to defend himself?
February 20, 2013 12:41 PM Subscribe
I would like to take some kind of self-defense or martial arts class. Only problem? I'm a dude, I'm 34, and my left knee is not-so-great. Bonus points for resources in San Francisco.
posted by Sloop John B to sports, hobbies, & recreation (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
First off, I should say that I'm in good shape. Average weight for my height and frame. I walk a few miles a day and do a vigorous gym workout once a week. However, my left knee is a bit of an issue. Physical therapists have told me it's because some of my muscles are weak down there, so when I work out, I always do plenty of lower-body exercises. Still, I have to be mindful of my knee. For example, any kind of kneeling will set it off, so I have to avoid a number of yoga postures. The last time it gave me problems, I had apparently pulled my quad, and walking down stairs was VERY difficult for a few weeks. But typically, my knee feels fine as long as I don't stress it too much.
So what are my options? I'm imagining I can't take up any martial art that requires a lot of kicking. Isn't that all of them? I know there are general self-defense courses for women, but I don't know of anything similar for men.
Where can a 34-year-old dude with a bad knee learn to defend himself? I don't need to do competitions or anything like that, nor do I expect to get into fights. But I'd like to know that I can defend myself, and I'd like to have the self-confidence that comes along with that.
I do live in San Francisco, so resources in SF will be particularly appreciated.