This is a question we get a lot at Kaizen Lab, and the straight answer is: no, age is irrelevant to starting martial arts especially the practice of BJJ!
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (more commonly referred to as BJJ) is a martial art accessible to all as long as you can take the time to appreciate it. Whether or not you’re thinking of getting into BJJ competitively or just for fun, our classes will cater for you.
We speak a lot about our classes for kids, but BJJ is a sport enjoyed by all ages —with plenty of room for those over 40 too.
REMEMBER: IT’S BETTER TO START LATE THAN TO START NEVER
The best ever time to begin a sport is really ten years ago – so why not get on it straight away! The only way you graduate belts in jiu jitsu is through time, commitment, and improvement. Regardless of your age, what we want is your dedication to the sport. Many of our members are full-time workers with families to support and on the lookout for a hobby that is both mentally stimulating as well as a good workout. Age makes no difference over someone willing to apply themselves to something new.
AGE ISN’T ALWAYS A DISADVANTAGE
Being young will have its advantages, but so will maturity. Your decision-making skills and ability to judge a situation will also be highly valued — traits often gathered through years of experience. Patience and humbleness are also advantageous. All we ask is for a good attitude and a willingness to try!
REST, RECOVERY & A GOOD DIET IS ENCOURAGED
How far you exert yourself is entirely up to you. If you are worried about possible injuries, then always practice with caution. A lot of injuries in jiu jitsu result from overexerting yourself and rolling recklessly rather than with control. If you feel you have over-exerted yourself or need a rest day, that is encouraged! We would rather have you in when you are ready than sparring with others with the potential to cause damage to yourself.
Better yet, when you practice jiu jitsu you may also find your diet improving as to better coexist with a demanding sport that is not always suitable for an over-full stomach. It is a sport that pushes for better health, particularly at our gym where we have a mix of both those who train for competition and those who train for fun.
If you’re looking for somewhere to start but don’t want to make the leap just yet, then give our 3-class trial a shot!