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Karate classes should be open to all, even seniors

To the editor:

Being 60-plus and trying to find a karate class is a big concern. Many karate, tae kwon do and kung fu schools do not seem to want older people. Many people who are 60 years and older find that we run into the age dilemma when we try to get into a karate school. It is disturbing that many schools just tell these people they should try tai chi. There are many schools of karate in Northampton, Greenfield, Easthampton, Chicopee and Springfield.

All are good schools, but I think they are not geared to people over 55, those who are overweight or have other issues. Karate and other styles were meant for all people, not just a few. Modern dojos want to make money, and I understand that, but they should have programs for people over 55 that fit their needs.

A true black belt can teach anyone and can adapt his or her teaching to even people who are 60-plus. Think, there are many people over 60 who would flock to a class that is geared to their age group. I ask the black belts of the Valley to think on this and not push the seniors away.

Charles Schmid

Easthamptom

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