When should i start Jiu-jitsu?
I get this question pretty frequently. The simple answer is….the first time you step into an academy is the moment you should start training. People often worry about age, conditioning, money, and all sorts of reasons not to start training. Some of those reason are legitimate issues. Most of the time though there is no reason for you not to start training as soon as you step into an Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. One of the most common things i hear after someone starts Jiu-jitsu is “I WISH I WOULD HAVE STARTED TRAINING BJJ MUCH EARLIER.”
Am i too old or young to start training?
Nope. There are all ages of people training Jiu-Jitsu. I teach people from 4 years old to 64 years old. That’s the good thing about BJJ. No matter your size or age there are usually people training that are comparable. Of course you can start someone out too young but around 5 years old is a good age to start a kid. Take them to just a couple classes a week to get them used to the movement and understanding of Martial Arts. If you do start BJJ at a later age there is a few things to take in consideration. Past injuries are definitely something you want to be aware of. Finding ways to train at a sustainable pace so you don’t injure yourself is very important. No matter what age you start be sure to listen to your body. Take breaks when you need to, stretch properly, and warm up properly.
I’m not in good enough shape to start.
That’s the ego talking. Being worried about gassing out or getting tapped out is just you worried about looking bad. The truth is. Everyone gasses out and gets tapped out. Don’t expect to get on the mats and do good right away. If you go to a gym where you just started and are doing well. You are at the wrong gym. People who have been training for years should be tapping you out and getting you tired quickly. That’s why Jiu-Jitsu is so effective. BJJ will get you in the shape you need to be in due time. Running and lifting are helpful but they should be added to your training not the majority of your training.
I can’t find training partners or an academy.
I grew up in a small area in Kansas where the nearest Jiu-Jitsu academy was 4 hours away. Nobody even really knew what BJJ was. So, it made it super difficult to find training partners and someone that would teach me technique. But, where there is a will, there is a way. I bought books, DVD’s, and watched Youtube videos to teach myself techniques. I also found friends that had wrestled or were interested in fighting to train with. In this day and age you can find thousands of jiu-jitsu videos online. When i started there was really only BJPenn.com and a few other sources.
I don’t have time to train Jiu-Jitsu.
This is a legitimate excuse sometimes. But, as usual you will find the time to train if you really want to. Forcing yourself to train even when you have limited time creates discipline. It also helps you have better time management. Almost everyone has enough time to watch a couple videos or practice movements at home. There is always something you could be doing.
The truth is there is thousands of reasons for you to not start training Jiu-Jitsu. It’s difficult, not enough time to train, and maybe some physical issues that could hold you back from doing BJJ. But, these are all just excuses that you make up not to train. I’ve seen people with from all ages, sizes, and physical handicaps find time to train because it’s what they love to do and it makes them better. If those people can find a way to train and learn than we all can.