AmericanJJ -misterw -AmericanJJ -
If your intsrutor is a blue, purple, brown, new or old black belt and doesnt train = Go find a new gym!
I'm in my late 40's and have been training for 25yrs. Black belt for 15yrs. I train 4-6 days a week. And I run an academy. It's my job.
The intsructor has an obligation to train or get out of the way. This is what causes the whole "sport vs self defense" "old school vs new school" BS. A bunch of lazy dudes that dont train anymore and can't deal with the sport evolving without them need an excuse. Their only hope of saving face is to say either their style of BJJ is more deadly (oldest martial arts trick in the book) or that the "old school" is better. Whatever the hell that means. Anyone who has been training for more than 10yrs consistanct knows that BJJ gets better and better.
A good instructor trains! It doesnt need to be 100% every day, but they sweat. The stay up to date. They are involved. A wall sitter needs to stop teaching and beocome a business owner and a fan.
Find an instructor that isn't lazy.
So what happens when you get too old to train the way you say you are doing, but still have a lifetime's worth of accumulated knowledge?
I didn’t say that you need to train like it’s the world championships. I said you need to train. That means be on the mat and sweat, learn, move. He said his instructor doesn’t train at all or barely.
I know 70yr old black belts, guys with long term injuries, hectic lives, etc who train 3-5x week. They are smart. They train to their level and ability. They aren’t using age or injuries as an excuse. They are still grinding. I think OP said his instructor is healthy, not too old and has no limitations. No real excuse. He just doesn’t train = lame.
A good instructor is also involved in daily training. He runs sparring. He either trains with the class or oversees it. He sets Traning partners and the goal of the sparring. They know the students limitations and goals. He partners or puts people in groups accordingly. You don’t let these issues exist. Again, the killers go with killers, the older guys with older guys, the regular people with eachother, etc. you can’t have Mundial champs 3wks out from a comp forced to train with a 50yr old 9-5 blue belt. It’s not fair for either of them.
Don’t get me started on “wall sitting” and partner avoidance.
What a silly post. In no other sport, and I've done a few -wrestling, boxing, Judo, soccer, is a coach/instructor exepected to keep training forever. It is really tied to each individual's fitness, goals and genetics. I know someone who is pretty much on morphine due to daily back pain, there is no friggin way he can train now. The problem is that your attitude of "grinding" wrecks bodies. I have learned tons from some BJJers who no longer train due to injuries.
You speak of ideals, but after training since the birth of the UFC and having dropped in to about 50 clubs over my life, I have never seen this mythical grouping of age and skill you speak of. Oh, it's spoken of, and talked about and occasionally done a few times, but rarely done. In the end, I see 20-35 yr. olds (outside of kids) being the main adult market, going hard against 50 year old, etc. It's a nice ldeal but it rarely happens out of lip service.
We also talk about all these senior citizens training BJJ, but they are rareties, and generally, but not always, guys that were physically tough to begin with. I have known from what I remember, about 60 guys who started training over the age of 45. And from what I can see only 2, perhaps 3 really train anymore.