Have you never practiced martial arts before and now, as an older adult, you fear you are too old? You most definitely are not! If anything, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not dangerous, but extremely helpful for older adults and seniors. The level of intensity can be customized, you can learn how not to get hurt, and it is fun and physical activity. If you are looking for a new hobby or sport to start in your older years, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great choice!
As you age, staying active becomes extremely important, and slipping into a sedentary life is extremely bad for your health. From diabetes to heart disease, stroke to obesity, staying active can really help you stay healthy and live a longer, more full life. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu keeps you regularly training and gives you great flexibility and strength. While you don’t need to have great physical strength, BJJ will work your major muscle groups give you increased stamina and range of motion. You also do a lot of moves that help increase your balance, and since fall risks increase as you age, having great balance can reduce the risk of injury.
There is a direct link between staying physically fit and increased mental awareness. The choreographed motions learned in BJJ can help your mind stay sharp, and as you gain training they become more intricate. Learning new things, and exercising your brain, has been shown to thwart memory loss and dementia. Keep your brain sharp with BJJ!
As we grow older, our community interactions can suffer. If you no longer have children that you care for, if you are retired, or if you are often vacationing in different locations, you might not feel a sense of belonging to a welcoming community. BJJ can be a great way to connect with other people, both young and old, and to be a part of a social environment that is encouraging and supportive. Learning and growing alongside other BJJ students can really bond you together and give you that sense of community that is so enriching.
The great thing about martial arts is the flexibility and customization that allows for all ages to enjoy them and practice them safely. Fitness should not stop just because you have gotten older, and having a sport that can change with you is a great way to stay active. You can push your workouts as far as you want, but even someone who does not have much physical skill can still enjoy BJJ at their own pace. BJJ does not focus on winning, or on reaching a certain level; it is all about discipline, perseverance, diligence, and commitment—all of which stay important as you age.
As Saulo Ribeiro said: “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, you’re never too sick, and never too old to start from scratch once again.” Don’t let age be a deterrent to your interest in the martial arts. If you have been considering how to stay fit, both mentally and physically, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great choice! At Phoenix BJJ and MMA Academy, we welcome students of all ages and abilities—contact us today!