BJJ Advice For Older & Less Athletic People: Learn To Adapt

BJJ Advice For Older & Less Athletic People: Learn To Adapt

Do you consider yourself to be less athletic than you’d like to be… Or that you’re, just maybe, getting a bit older – and that this is hindering your ability on the mats?

Age waits for no one. And similarly, there might not be much that you can do in regards to your natural proclivity to athleticism (for example, being explosive in your moves).

However, there are things you can do to train longer, improve faster, and perform better.
John Danaher shares simple words of advice:

Not only must you be more selective in the moves you choose to utilize, you must even become more selective in who you train with and how you train.

Every student must learn to adapt their Jiu-Jitsu to their body and their body to Jiu-Jitsu – as you age or if you have no prior athletic background this will require a greater level of adaptation on your part.

In other words, you’ll have to adapt. Both when it comes to the moves and training partners selection:

Seek to use moves that do not exceed your current mobility level and train with partners who can work around your physical limitations.

There are many very good moves that work at the highest level that require very little mobility or flexibility or speed or explosiveness to be effective.

Focus on these and you’ll be shocked how effective you can be in the mat with younger, fitter and more mobile opponents!


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