Starting BJJ training in your 40’s and 50’s can be a daunting task. Add to that being a un-athletic lightweight, and you are in for a world of pain…

Especially since you will be rolling with muscled up 20 year olds. So is there an age where it’s really not worth starting BJJ?

Bernardo Faria, a 5x World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he addresses a question posed by a follower regarding the ideal age to start practicing Jiu-Jitsu. Faria provides insightful perspectives on this topic, emphasizing the inclusive and adaptable nature of the sport. Here are the main points from his discussion:


  1. Jiu-Jitsu is for Any Age: “Jiu-Jitsu stands out among combat sports for its adaptability, allowing individuals to start at any age. While starting at a very advanced age like 87 could be challenging, people in their late 60s have successfully trained and progressed in Jiu-Jitsu.”
  2. Examples of Late Starters: “I’ve seen people begin their Jiu-Jitsu journey in their late 60s, eventually earning purple and brown belts in their 70s. They not only managed to practice Jiu-Jitsu but also thoroughly enjoyed the journey.”
  3. Jiu-Jitsu’s Unique Appeal: “One of the beautiful things about Jiu-Jitsu is how it captivates those who start at an older age. Unlike those who begin as kids and might grow bored over time, older beginners often find Jiu-Jitsu to be an exciting new hobby.”
  4. Starting Age and Goals: “For those aiming to be professional athletes, starting young is crucial. However, for learning self-defense, improving fitness, or enjoying a healthy activity, Jiu-Jitsu is suitable for any age.”
  5. Comparative Accessibility: “When compared to other combat sports like Judo or wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu is more accessible for older beginners. The physical demands of these other sports can be harsher on the body, making Jiu-Jitsu a better option for late starters.”
  6. Jiu-Jitsu’s Growing Popularity: “The sport is rapidly growing worldwide, not just among kids but also among older individuals. In my school in Massachusetts, for instance, most students are over 30, with many even over 40.”
  7. Benefits Beyond the Mat: “Jiu-Jitsu is not just about the sport itself; it’s about a lifestyle. It compels you to improve in various aspects of life, from diet to fitness, making practitioners healthier and happier overall.”
  8. Impact on Lifestyle and Health: “Practicing Jiu-Jitsu encourages a healthier lifestyle. It makes people more conscious about their overall well-being, influencing their choices outside the gym as well.”

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