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    #2
    Congratulations on your stripes!

    I get what you mean about a diverse class, and about not feeling "the calling". I'm a BJJ noob (a handful of lessons more than a year ago, forced out of the gym by a serious neck injury, recently returned to regular training) and I do feel "at home" in the art. I suck, completely, but I love every minute of it. I train some stand up stuff too and I have fun, and it's a great work out, but I don't have the same passion for it.

    Don't let your age get you down. You might feel like you're slowing down, but look at your non-gym going friends. Almost every person I socialize with these days either does a martial art or bodybuilding, and it's easy to get a skewed idea of what people are like at various ages. I met up with some college friends recently, and it was amazing how unfit and generally tired they were. I'm only in my early 30s, seeing them made my glad I'd stayed active most of my life.

    There's a guy at my BJJ club who is a purple belt in his late 40s. He rolls with vigour every lesson and is strong, pretty fast and flexible. I gather he started late in life, and it sounds like you're on your way to being just like him. Good luck with your training!

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      #3
      I'm 35 and once thought the same way as you did when it came to the age thing OP when I started last December myself. While I go roll and have fun I hear my friends all the time say "I need to go workout" or "I really need to go do something" as they grow more girth while sitting on the couch. I tried to invite them to give it a chance but got nothing but excuses. Keep it up OP.

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        #4
        Originally posted by etali View Post
        Congratulations on your stripes!


        Don't let your age get you down. You might feel like you're slowing down, but look at your non-gym going friends. Almost every person I socialize with these days either does a martial art or bodybuilding, and it's easy to get a skewed idea of what people are like at various ages. I met up with some college friends recently, and it was amazing how unfit and generally tired they were. I'm only in my early 30s, seeing them made my glad I'd stayed active most of my life.

        There's a guy at my BJJ club who is a purple belt in his late 40s. He rolls with vigour every lesson and is strong, pretty fast and flexible. I gather he started late in life, and it sounds like you're on your way to being just like him. Good luck with your training!

        MA is the elixir of youth. I started practicing MA at 21, and started BJJ in my forties. I rolled 2-3 times a week til I was 49 and I still do it occassionaly, often with my son. At 60, I currently train in karate 3 days a week, and do an occassional Aikido class. When I meet up with my college friends, I'm amazed to find that some of them have trouble bending over or getting up out of their chairs. They're obese, diabetic, and in need of hip replacements. No doubt someday my body will begin to fall apart too, but I'm definitely getting more mileage out of it because of regular MA practice. Stick with it, and since you're not a pro, don't worry for a minute about how you may stack up against other people -- its the journey that counts, not the destination.

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          #5
          Thank you for the words of encouragement.I plan to stick with it for as long as i can.Just came back from class,I thought i wasnt going to make it until the end of conditioning,nevermind rolling.

          The difficulty curve and expectations keep rising,and somehow i feel the gap between me and the other students will just keep increasing. I know logically im not supposed to compare myself to younger fitter guys ,but you also keep thinking that at some point you are just going to fall too far behind .Pride messing with me i suppose...

          My instructor says its all about who keeps enduring and sticking with the art,whereas a lot of apparently promissig people quit along the way.Guess there is only one way to find out.

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            #6
            Keep it up, gramps.
            GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
            Originally posted by Devil
            I think Battlefields and I had a spirited discussion once about who was the biggest narcissist. We both wanted the title but at the end of the day I had to concede defeat. Can't win 'em all.
            Originally posted by BackFistMonkey
            I <3 Battlefields...

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