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This 92-Year-Old Grandpa is Out-Living Us All with His Epic Adventures!



Quick Smiles:

  • Meet Lew Burja, a 92-year-old grandad who’s not slowing down anytime soon. He’s still practicing kung fu and tai chi, proving age is just a number.
  • Lew found tai chi in his 50s, and it’s been a game-changer for his health, helping him ward off chest infections and stay spry.
  • Not only is he physically active, but he’s also keeping his mind sharp by training to become a thriller writer.

You know what they say about aging? It’s the gradual acceleration of comfort-seeking. But Lew Burja, a 92-year-old grandad from Leeds, England, is flipping that script. He’s still practicing kung fu and tai chi, and let’s just say, he’s not your average grandpa.

With three grandkids, Lew’s active lifestyle has ensured he can keep up with the little ones. Plus, he’s able to enjoy all the tasty treats life has to offer, like oven roasts and chocolate. Yum!

“At my age, I have friends dying all around me and [tai chi] has kept me going,” said Burja. “It’s really important to keep moving—which is lucky because I can’t stand still.”

Lew discovered tai chi in his 50s after battling repeat chest infections and a bad back. He was already a sports enthusiast, with a resume boasting rugby, weightlifting, track, Judo, and English football. But tai chi? That was new.

After attending a fair and watching a captivating tai chi demo, Lew decided to give it a shot. He began weekly two-hour sessions, which also included a half-hour of kung fu.

“I was fit and healthy. But these chest infections just kept coming back just a few months after I stopped antibiotics,” he said. “For some reason, I was really attracted to the slow movement and deep breathing of the tai chi.”

And it worked wonders! Lew found a specific sequence of movements that helped manage his health conditions. “That’s how I stopped getting chest infections. I’d often had colds before starting tai chi and they stopped too.”


But Lew’s not just physically active. He’s also keeping his mind sharp by training to become a thriller writer. Because why not?

“Plenty of exercise is what keeps you going, and it also gives you a really positive outlook on life,” said Burja. “And it’s kept me fully compos mentis. I’m training to be a thriller writer.”

While he’s hung up his kung fu fighting days, Lew can still deliver the hits and kicks. So, if you’re looking for a dose of inspiration, look no further than this all-action grandad. Share his story with your friends who need a bit of a pick-me-up!