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Am I too old to start Jiu Jitsu?

Am I too old to start Jiu Jitsu? image

No, you are not too old to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ is a martial arts that can be practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels. In fact, many people start training BJJ later in life, after their 30s, 40s, and even 50s.

If you've been to our school here at Gracie Barra in Shellharbour you will notice that lots of our students are over 40yo and 50yo. We have a big crew of older students that have been with us since we opened our martial arts school in Albion Park Rail 8 years ago. We love this crew! They laugh, they make fun of their age, they hang out, they tell the best stories. They are loyal, caring and look after the young students that are starting their BJJ journey. 

They usually sit together on the corner of the mats when watching the techniques and they call it 'THE OLD MENS CORNER - only above 40 allowed'! Yes, they love their jokes! :)

So, please allow us to tell you that regardless of your age, BJJ is for you.

Firstly, BJJ is a low-impact sport that puts less stress on the joints than other high-impact sports like running or basketball. This makes it a safer option for people of all ages, including older adults who may have joint issues or other health concerns.

Secondly, BJJ is an excellent form of exercise that can help you build strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. These physical attributes are essential to maintaining good health and can help to prevent age-related declines in fitness and mobility.

Thirdly, BJJ is a mental and physical challenge that can help to keep your mind sharp and engaged. Learning new techniques, sparring with training partners, and competing in tournaments can help to stimulate your brain and improve your cognitive function.

Fourthly, BJJ is a social activity that can help to reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation, which can be more common in older adults. Training with other people who share a common interest can help you to build friendships and a sense of community.

Finally, BJJ can be practiced at any level of intensity, depending on your abilities and goals. If you are looking for a more relaxed and social activity, you can join a beginner's class and focus on learning the basics of BJJ. If you are looking for a more competitive challenge, you can work towards training for competitions and doing more advanced and sparring classes.

In conclusion, you are never too old to start BJJ. Whether you are looking to stay active, challenge yourself mentally and physically, or build a sense of community and friendship, BJJ can be an excellent choice for older adults. So, if you're thinking about giving BJJ a try, don't let your age hold you back! Contact Gracie Barra Shellharbour today to book your first Jiu Jitsu class.