biketard wrote: »
A little about me:
I've been doing a mix of JKD, Kali and kickboxing for a good few years (originally starting in the early 90s, but then taking a break for about 15 years in the middle of that and restarting four years ago). I'd been wanting to start BJJ for at least a year and finally bit the bullet a couple of months ago. I'd kind of made a list of pros and cons in my head as follows:Cons
I can only go to a BJJ class once a week, so I know that progress is going to be slow (worried that it might be a waste of time, both for me and for the instructors).
I was worried that I might end up wrecking my joints.
I was embarrassed to go to a class where I was completely clueless.
My club has many classes to choose from and I knew that the instruction would be world-class.
My instructor/club owner was very encouraging about me trying it out.
The classes would effectively be free as my contract allows me to go to as many classes as I want.
I've been to about half a dozen (specifically white-belt) classes so far and I'm loving it. Techniques are very well controlled and I really don't need to worry about my joints at this level, unless someone does something stupid.
I'm also not the only one who's a beginner, so nothing to be embarrassed about there. Even when I'm partnered up with someone who's more knowledgeable than me, they have overwhelmingly been understanding/helpful and I've never felt like I was a waste of space.
I'm not exactly sure why I'm posting this, to be honest, other than to share my experiences and possibly encourage others who might be thinking about it to just take the plunge. I've seen other people ask if they're too old to start certain martial arts classes and they're, like, thirty years old or something. I'm about to turn 50 and I'm having a great time.
Thanks for listening.
Fantomas9mm wrote: »
Thanks for sharing , it would be interesting to see how you progress and I’d love to hear more from you.
I’m 39 myself and just started , came on here to make a similar post. Yeah I’m a month in and loving it so far.
What have you done well with and what have you struggled with ?
I’ve kept a little notebook of each session and so far it’s been a good tip.