Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 40
Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 40 as a mother of three can be both rewarding and challenging. Here are some of the challenges you might face and some tips to help you overcome them:
Jiu-Jitsu is physically demanding, requiring strength, endurance, and flexibility. As you get older, it may take longer to build and maintain these physical attributes. Start slowly and gradually build up your strength and endurance. Consider adding strength and conditioning exercises to your routine to improve your overall fitness.
My gym started a Woman fit class, where our instructor was a cross fit trainer and it helped me gain strength. And with time I was able to do moves, that I used to not been able to do.
Learning Jiu-Jitsu techniques can be complex, and there’s a lot to absorb. Take your time, be patient with yourself, and focus on mastering the basics before moving on to more advanced techniques. Consistent practice and repetition will help you improve. Having a great support team will help you stick with it. I am lucky to have found great coaches and training partners mostly ladies, that were supportive, encouraging and patient with me.
Recovery times might be longer as you age. Pay attention to your body and ensure you’re getting enough rest and recovery. Proper nutrition, hydration, and stretching are crucial to prevent injuries and aid in recovery. Once I rolled with my dear friend and twisted to much and ended up with a bruised rib, which was a painful recovery because every time I moved in a certain way I felt my rib and it caused me to tensed up. But it healed eventually and now I am more mindful, when I twist to much.
Being a mother of three means you have a busy schedule. Finding time to train Jiu-Jitsu may be a challenge. Plan your training sessions around your family’s schedule and make sure to communicate your goals and commitments with your family so they can support your efforts.
You might feel self-conscious or less confident training with younger practitioners. Remember that Jiu-Jitsu is for people of all ages and abilities. Focus on your own progress and don’t compare yourself to others. Confidence will come with time and practice. And once you get your first stripe it is the best feeling, because you feel accomplished.