Senior women fighting fit

Muay thai at 50 for better mood and stamina

Age does not deter these women from practising martial arts. Chin Hui Shan speaks to a 77-year-old grandmother who holds a black belt in taekwondo, a karate teacher in her 60s and a muay thai enthusiast in her 50s

Ms Karen Chew picked up muay thai for self-defence and it has built up her confidence and strength in all aspects of life.
Ms Karen Chew picked up muay thai for self-defence and it has built up her confidence and strength in all aspects of life.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

From leading a sedentary lifestyle to working out for three to four hours a week, Ms Karen Chew owes her new lease of life to muay thai.

The technology marketer in her 50s picked up the Thai martial art three years ago to ease work stress and learn a new skill.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2021, with the headline 'Muay thai at 50 for better mood and stamina'. Subscribe