As a part of BBC’s Amazing Humans series a peculiar clip made its debut yesterday.
In it a 94 year old judoka explains how judo has enriched his life, about teaching more than 3 generations of young people and just how vital judo makes him. The stunning clip is an inspirational must see for every martial artist!
Jack Hearn is 94-years-old. He has been practicing and teaching judo for 67 years. At age 94 Jack thought he’d be sitting in a wheel chair. No, instead he’s on his own two feet practicing and teaching Judo.
You can watch the entire clip below:
Before retiring, Jack worked on the docks in North Shields, but his real passion for Judo kicked in when he began lessons in 1951 at a small club in North Shields.
Jack has one of the highest grades, the ninth Dan black belt, and is regarded as Britain’s oldest active Judo Master. Though, he will have to wait till he is 100 till he can attempt his tenth belt.
In past He said “To those that are now ‘retired’, forget it. There are loads of activities out there for the older generation to get involved in. It’s never too late in life to find something you like”.
In the spirit of trying new things, Jack has also recently started ballroom dancing and sequence dance lessons.