Too old to master Flash Anzan Method?

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#1 16 February, 2017 - 13:07
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Too old to master Flash Anzan Method?

So recently I started building up my math skills from scratch and finished a few books and practice problems using the Trachtenberg speed system. Tricky as it was I am getting quite decent at speedy calculations, with a few snags here and there (mostly with retaining numbers in memory long enough to reverse the order mentally from right to left, to left to right). Now I want to learn as much as I can from both the Vedic AND Flash Anzan systems so I am reading and absorbing as much as possible.

However, I'm not exactly young (31) and a lot of sources I read warn that learning the Flash Anzan (Mental Abacus) system can cause a bit of confusion, and may not ever develop a sufficient competency. Hence, it should be learned at a young age (5).

I just want to ask anyone here who uses the Mental Abacus system and started later in life what their experience is. Is it possible to master this system at a later age given enough time, deliberate practice and dedication? OR, would I just become quite good but still not at a level to compete with those who started early?

16 February, 2017 - 15:16
Joined: 4 years 11 months ago

I got a little bit into mental math and it is a challenge! I might revisit it again, but I know if you can reach any level you want to. It all comes down to practice and dedication like you said. You just have to make sure you practice everyday and stick with it.

22 February, 2017 - 11:35
Joined: 1 year 11 months ago

31 is still young. There are always going to be hecklers and negative people, but I would ignore them. :)

One of my inspirations: Brian May, the guitarist from Queen, got his PhD in astrophysics when he was about 60. Some of the memory competitors are in their 40s (or older), and they do very well. Age is not as important as society often suggests.

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