Thanks for visiting us here at BJJ Over 40.
First of all I would like to start with a disclaimer. This site is not a how to website for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners. I have been actively involved in martial arts for over 30 years, studying various forms of combat, starting with the karate and kung fu in the 80’s, through to the Filipino martial arts, JKD and Muay Thai in the 90’s and 00’s. Since 2008, I have trained at my friends MMA and BJJ school and was awarded my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2012 and my purple belt in December 2014, although I do help out coaching some of the newer members at the gym, I do not run a class, nor do I feel qualified enough to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In any case, I do not really have the time or the inclination to teach full time as I have a lot of other things going on in my life.
Therefore you will not find any BJJ instructional how to articles or video techniques on this site, unless they are being demonstrated by one of my coaches or somebody else more qualified.
I am currently working towards my level 2 and level 3 qualifications in fitness and personal training and I am a keen yoga practitioner (currenlty looking for a yoga teacher training course), so I have a thorough understanding of anatomy, stretching and physical exercise which will hopefully translate over into these pages.
Finally I have a history of psoriasis which also means I have psoriatic arthritis and enthesitis (inflammation of the tendons and ligaments.) I have cervical spondylosis, joint pain and general inflammation throughout my body. I am currently undergoing various tests for cervical and thoracic spine pain and constant headaches, I have been treated with various NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and DMARDS(Disease modifying Anti Rheumatic Drugs) which I haven’t had much success with as yet.
All of this means that training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is incredibly difficult for me most of the time, coupled with the fact that I am currently 49 years old at the time of writing this. So although I am not a high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts practitioner or instructor, I do feel that I am adequately qualified to share with the reader my experiences of training and what I do to try to circumvent my physical and age related restrictions.
Watch the Video Below
As a practitioner in their 40’s, you will not go far wrong by starting with this video from Ryron and Rener Gracie over at Gracie Breakdown