Man do I hate it when people make the excuse of “being too old” to start something. I guess at some point you can become too old, but more often than not this phrase gets thrown around unwarranted. I started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) 4 years ago at the mature age of 33. I am now 37 and do not for a minute regret starting in my 30s. My BJJ journey is primarily about personal development and becoming better than my yesterday self, therefore the age that I start at is of little concern to me. I do not compete for fame, glory, or medals. I compete because competition presents me with adversity and challenges, inevitably forcing me to become the best that I can be.
Whether it’s BJJ or muay thai, before you tell yourself lies such as, “it’s too late to start,” give it some real thought. Maybe it’s just your perspective that needs to change.
Here are my top 5 favorite BJJ videos. I hope they inspire you like they did me:
1. ROLL: Jiu Jitsu in SoCal
They call California the new Mecca of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I was lucky enough to have travelled to California in 2019 and trained at 3 different schools (a couple of which are mentioned in this documentary). The crew of Eat Films travels to Southern California to give us a glimpse into the lives of some of the best gyms and practioners of the sport.
2. Jiu-Jitsu VS the World
A great documentary about what makes Brazilian jiu-jitsu great. BJJ is not just a sport or martial art, it's a lifestyle. Grab some popcorn and enjoy.
3. Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Exam
Peter undergoes testing for his black belt. A rigorous process that will push him physically and mentally. Will he succeed?
4. Pure Roling | Jiu Jitsu Explained
A collection of rolls, narrated by Roy Dean. I have watched this video over 4 times throughout the years and still learn something new each time. It is beautifully put together with great music and camera work. The narration and slow motion cuts really helped me learn.
5. Grappling God - Marcelo Garcia Highlight
The Michael Jordan of BJJ. If you don't know him then watch this!