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mdg1024
11/06/2009 7:03pm,
Um, hi.

I haven't had a lot of MA training. Some YMCA Judo as a kid, and about a year under the not-so-tender mercies of a fellow named Don Rodrigues in the mid 90's, although the only thing I really learned from him was that I really don't enjoy being kicked in the head by a brown belt.

But now that I'm getting older, and slower, I'm thinking of getting back into it for my health. I've lurked here for a while, and finally decided to post.

Mario

Sam Browning
11/06/2009 8:42pm,
Welcome Mario!

hungryjoe
11/06/2009 9:13pm,
Um, hi.

I haven't had a lot of MA training. Some YMCA Judo as a kid, and about a year under the not-so-tender mercies of a fellow named Don Rodrigues in the mid 90's, although the only thing I really learned from him was that I really don't enjoy being kicked in the head by a brown belt.

But now that I'm getting older, and slower, I'm thinking of getting back into it for my health. I've lurked here for a while, and finally decided to post.

Mario

Return to judo?

Good for you that you've entered the fray and started posting.

slideyfoot
11/07/2009 1:26pm,
I haven't had a lot of MA training. [...]

But now that I'm getting older, and slower, I'm thinking of getting back into it for my health.

First of all, I'd recommend you take a look at the FAQ (http://www.bullshido.org/Finding_a_good_martial_arts_school) (if that's broken, use this link (http://web.archive.org/web/20071213111036/http://www.bullshido.com/articles/finding-a-good-martial-arts-school.html)) on finding a good martial arts school. In general, signs to look for are a competitive record, regular heavy contact sparring and 'aliveness' (if you're unfamiliar with the term, Matt Thornton has a long article (http://aliveness101.blogspot.com/2005/07/why-aliveness.html) on the topic describing what it is and why it's important: he is the man most associated with popularising the concept. One of his students also has a good piece (http://caneprevost.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/why-aliveness/) on the topic).

If your interest is mainly in striking, the safest option if you want decent training is muay thai (which you'll also see as 'thai boxing'), along with martial arts like boxing and kyokushin karate. That's not to say there aren't good schools within other striking styles, but they tend to vary widely in quality.

If you're more interested in grappling, then BJJ would be an excellent choice, as the strong competitive element and ability-based ranking system generally results in high quality training. A cheaper option is judo, which is also much easier to find - the two styles are closely related, the main difference being that judo normally focuses on throws whereas BJJ is mostly about the ground. For more on judo, read the Bullshido.com article (http://www.bullshido.com/articles/judo-6.html) - there is an article on BJJ (http://www.bullshido.com/articles/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-style-information-without-the-bs-2.html) too (you could also check my BJJ Beginner FAQ (http://www.slideyfoot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html)). SAMBO is another good choice, but even harder to find than BJJ. Then there's wrestling, which is also great training for grappling.

Alternately, you could combine grappling and striking by cross-training in several arts, or at an MMA gym (though technically 'MMA' is a ruleset rather than a specific style). Examples of well known MMA gyms would be Team Quest (http://www.tqfc.com/) and Miletich Fighting Systems (http://miletichnewyork.com/).

Finally, you could try having a look through the dojo reviews (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=83) section, which might yield something more specific to your area, or use the search function (the link is at the top right of the page).

There are also several school databases you could try. For example, for BJJ:

TrainJiuJitsu.com (http://www.trainjiujitsu.com/bjj/)
Gym Database (http://www.gymdb.com/) (BJJ, MMA etc)
UK Club Map (http://www.slideyfoot.com/2000/01/uk-bjj-club-list.html)

Also, in terms of getting older, as per FAQ (http://www.slideyfoot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html#tooold):

My favourite example when it comes to the age question is this guy (http://www.rogergracie.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=32). He started training at RGA when in his eighties, earning his blue belt in 2007. So while it's a cliche, it really is never too late to start.

There's also a good thread with discussion of training a bit later in life (especially how to cope with injury, arthritis etc) here (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1818355).

You could also check out the Roy Harris instructional BJJ Over 40 (http://www.royharris.com/corner/?sec=42&id=1076) (though naturally that's specific to BJJ, but has applications beyond that).

KO'd N DOA
11/12/2009 5:15pm,
Hi mdg1024,

Welcome to the site - officially and not with you lurking in the shadows. Training is great for your health, and you can learn so much... and as an guy just getting back into judo - it soon feels like you get your old body (until you get thrown)

Have fun on the site, it has some great resources.

KO'd