If you thought the years between 25 and 30 went fast, then
just wait until you see how quickly 40 gets here!
It’s that realisation that we are getting older which leads
to a renewed interest in sports and exercise, with many people looking at martial
arts as a way to keep in shape.
Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai… these are all possible sports to
take up, but it’s not surprising when many guys are put off when they look at
the average age of the practitioners.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the other hand is for everyone, with
many people not starting until they are well into their 40s, 50s, or even 60s!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for everyone
We keep saying this because it’s true.
A quick look at any BJJ club photo will show a wide range of
diversity amongst members.
Age, size, gender, ethnicity, culture, experience level… they
are all there in that photo.
They say age is just a number – well, it’s not. You do get
older and you do take longer to recover, but regular exercise will ensure you
are fitter than other people your age.
And you may not have the same body as the 20 year old
running about with limitless energy, but the beauty of BJJ is, you don’t have
to be faster or stronger than him.
Jiu jitsu was created to fight people bigger and stronger
than you, so fitness and strength aren’t the biggest advantages.
BJJ is physical chess, with moves and counter moves.
Controlling your mind is just as important as your body, and
let’s be honest, if there’s one thing you have over a 20 year old it’s your
What to consider for the older beginner
If you’re thinking about taking up BJJ or have just started
it’s important to remember a few things.
First off, don’t try to compare yourself to the younger guys
who eat, sleep and breath jiu jitsu. Proceed at your own pace, especially
if you haven’t been particularly active recently. A balanced, patient approach
is required, which will allow your body to adapt to the physicality of it and
to recover faster.
Secondly, know your body. If you have an old knee injury
from football, then don’t let anyone put you in a knee lock! If this means
letting them know beforehand or tapping out when it’s obvious what’s about to
happen, then so be it. BJJ is supposed to be fun, not a path to serious injury.
And thirdly, look after yourself more. Eat well and get
plenty of rest. Leave enough time between training sessions so you can recover
fully. As we get older our bodies need all the help we can give them. The days of
having 10 pints and a kabab, and still going running the next day are well and truly
Well help you start your BJJ path, no matter what your age
So if you’re asking if you’re too old for Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu, then the simple answer is no.
Everyone who walks into our BJJ club will be welcomed,
regardless of age.
Our programs are designed for you, so you’ll learn and
progress at the rate that suits you and you alone.