At Norman’s 5 style Martial Arts in West Jordan, Utah the trainees spend a good amount of time stretching and warming up to avoid possible injury. The students like to watch Sifu Norman go into the leg splits; front and side each class time. A new student which is in his 50s asked Sifu Norman if it was possible to gain the splits in six months at his age. Sifu Norman told him that through a proper stretching regiment that it was very possible for him to gain the full side leg splits. Sifu Norman has been training and teaching martial arts for thirty-five years. He has had a lot of experience and education in stretching and has maintained his flexibility.
He used the example of the saying that if you aren’t naturally flexible or didn’t gain it in grade school that you couldn’t gain the splits. As the student were watching Sifu Norman sitting in the side splits and explaining the method of stretching for the splits, the man appeared to gain confidence in his personal goal.
It may not be how long one lives but the quality of life they are able to maintain during their life.