jiu jitsu over 40

BJJ Over 40

As if the trauma of not be being fit, on medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and getting tossed like a pretzel in class with 2-3 day recovery needed… Now to put the icing on the cake – I am lumped into the senior category! I am not ready for AARP… ( even though my joints are killing me! )

Getting better on the recovery.. I took a week or so off, trained Sunday and by Monday afternoon kinks were coming out. Worked out a little last night at home, rode the stationary bike for 20 minutes, did some curls, and situps. Tonight will hit the beginner gi class for round two. This is shaping up to be a good week.

from the IBJJF website !


One of the highlights of this event is being able to watch famous instructors and great athletes of past generations in action on the mats. Awesome match ups take place every year, making students and fans cheer as their teachers square off in historical battles against other famous names of the Jiu-Jitsu world.

Besides these exciting fights in the black belt division, the International Masters & Seniors Championship also attracts practitioners who are over 30 years of age in every belt division. Despite the intense competition on the mats, the atmosphere surrounding the event is light and cheerful. Athletes from all over the world come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in this great event that has become one of the most popular tournaments held by the IBJJF and CBJJ.


Masters (30-35)
Fight time: Blue belts – 5 minutes
Purple/brown/black belts – 6 minutes

Seniors 1 (36-40)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 2 (41-45)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 3 (46-50)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 4 (51-55)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 5 (over 55)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

40 is the new 50!

Wow, am I sore. Spent most of Sunday jacked up, lubed up with some muscle relaxer and watching the Roy Dean Blue Belt DVD, Feel better today. Wish I would have done this jiu jitsu thing in my teens and twenties, oh that’s right – It was not around !
Living up to 40 was “fast and the furious” did not have a worry about anything – excess everything with minimal exercise. 40 to 50 seems to be my maintenance period, this BJJ is just compounding the pain of getting older. Flexibility! (almost none), reflexes – (almost none), recover time – 2-3 days ! I used to work out when I was younger, but man is it taking longer to recover !
The journey from 40 on seems to be kicking my butt so far.. Between all of this medicine for cholesterol and blood pressure plus the exercise to try and get into shape!
Like Alonzo from the movie Training Day said ‘You wanna go home, or goto jail?’ .. There is a funny comic strip I have at my desk, Doctor talking to his patient says – ‘You want to exercise an hour a day? Or be dead 24 hrs a day?’