A 72-year-old Lamèque resident has just received his 7th-degree black belt in aiki-jitsu.
Louis-Paul Savoie has been practising the ancient form of Japanese self-defence since 1961.
He said mastering the martial art has nothing to do with size, stature or age.
He said he believes the non-violent aiki-jitsu practice has kept him young — for the past 53 years.
"I got into it years ago. I was practising judo as a sport and the teacher also taught aiki-jitsu so I started just for fun and I've been at it ever since," he said.
Savoie, now retired from the military, teaches the discipline in Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël in the Acadian Peninsula. He practices five times a week.
His 7th-degree black belt is one of the highest honours of aiki-jitsu.
"You don't quit. A black belt is only a white belt who never quits. That's all it is," said Savoie.
He said the martial art isn't about fighting and it's not about pride.
The goal of aiki-jitsu is to neutralize your opponent and avoid any more conflict than you need, he said.
Savoie said it's never too late to learn.