It always cracks me up to hear 30 year-old BJJ student (usually of the blue belt persuasion) complain to me about being "old," as if his body somehow won't "allow" him to train hard. It's usually followed by some whining about nagging injuries and prolonged recovery time due to his decrepit body. Equally laughable are the comments and remarks I've been getting from colleagues and co-workers for the past decade or so about how fighting and competing in grappling is somehow not age-appropriate. Both sentiments, my grappling brethren, are absolutely and utterly ridiculous (which, is to say they are BS excuses). Neither could be further from the truth.
Let me lay some crazy wisdom on you - your age will have almost no bearing on your ability to be effective in BJJ. There. That's it. And, if you're like me, you've known this for a long time and you continue to put your body to the test on a daily basis by training with maximum effort and intensity.
That leads me to Helvecio Penna, the poster boy (or, man) for badass Jui Jitsuleros (yeah, I made that term up) who are on the older side. No doubt, unless you have mad skills, this decorated DLR black belt will tap your ass out no problem. He's 52 and he's coming after your arm!
Check out a nice arm-lock set up Helvecio demo's for our very good friends at Jits Mag.