I often hear things like “I would like to learn Muay Thai Kick Boxing, or I would like to learn Jiujitsu, but Im 40 (or older). Then they usually go on to say “I have a black belt in tae kwon do, karate etc, and I’m too old to start over. I shake my head.
I started Muay Thai and Relson Gracie Jiujitsu at 40 years of age, after karate, judo, full contact (above the waist kicking) American style kick boxing, etc.
I trained under Enn Quiet Storm Janthakhun at the Fairtex Gym in San Francisco – he put me in (after three days of Muay Thai training with a 28 year old who had 3.5 years with another gym. I was in a first 10 day live in training camp. I won via leg shots and my opponent verbally quit. Enn and Bunkard Fairtex awarded me with a Mongkon later that night after I had won the fight. Jump ahead 20 years later? at 60 years of age and I received another mongkon and my teaching certificate from Ajarn Buck.
I first got on the mats at the First East Coast Gracie Seminar on OCT 5, and 6, 1989 with Grand Master Helio Gracie , Rorion Gracie, and a young Royce Gracie.
My world changed. I mixed what I was taught with my Japanese JuJitsu, etc as a Deputy US Marshal.
Later in 1995 at the age of 40 I also started to train under Relson Gracie.
Jump ahead to Jan 1st, 2017 and at the age of 61 years old and with (21 years since I started on the mats in Hawaii with Relson Gracie) I was promoted to Black Belt (Professor) in Honolulu by Grand Master Relson Gracie, after passing his rigorous and very technical pressure testing black belt exam.
My advice? Don’t worry about starting over or being too old. No such thing. My question is let’s say you are 40 years old, how old will you be in 20 or 21 years? If you don’t train, or do train in Muay Thai, Jiujitsu, how old will you be? 60, 61? So why not be that same age and work and learn and achieve and learn these wonderful disciplines.
Makes too much sense. And what after? Keep refining and training until it’s time for you to exit this physical life. Until then train, live and learn.
Relson Gracie JiuJitsu Black Belt (Professor)
Muay Thai Kick Boxing Kru(Instructor)