Website analytics can be amazingly informative, and guess what ours say? A lot of the folks visiting the Guerrilla BJJ site are anywhere from early 40s to mid 50s. And we’re guessing that they’re looking for answers to questions about starting BJJ later in life. Well, good news. Here are three reasons your age doesn’t matter when you start BJJ.
with age comes wisdom
One of the benefits of aging is all that experience. You learn to roll with the punches, that life is a journey, that setbacks are inevitable and that some things are worth the effort. When you start a new endeavor, no matter what it is, in your forties, fifties or older, you come in understanding things in a way you just didn’t as a teen or twenty-something. That’s an advantage, and it’s especially true in BJJ. Ego can be one of the biggest hurdles for beginners. If you begin training recognizing your inexperience and willing to learn, you’re starting from the perfect place.
you’ll appreciate the rewards
The thing about a challenge is that the reward is usually proportional. When you start BJJ, no matter how old you are, you’ll find that it’s physically and mentally difficult. And because of that, even little victories over time feel incredible. In our society, we associate aging with less physicality. We’re told to take it easy, that we’ve earned the right to slow down. But learning to find and seize opportunity can be a game changer, and that’s what BJJ is all about.
the domino effect
Coming to class a few times a week isn’t just training – it’s a really effective form of full-body fitness. And when you’re working out consistently, you start feeling better, sleeping better, looking better. Then you start to think about supporting all that fitness with improved nutrition, and your doctor commends you on your improved physique and the positive effect your new hobby has on your general health.
And then there are the mental health benefits. Improved focus and learning to stay in the moment are skills you develop and hone in a sport like BJJ. And those are both things that serve you on and off the mat.
If you’re considering starting BJJ, your age shouldn’t be a hurdle. At Guerrilla BJJ in Reno, we welcome anyone who has the desire to learn. Whatever your age, gender, physical ability, we invite you to check out our introductory offer and come in for a tour. You’ll know pretty quickly if Guerrilla is a good fit.