Grapple Smart…Not Hard
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and wanting to grapple life the Gold is on the line. For older grapplers, a good way to prevent major injuries is to eliminate certain parts of the sport totally from your game!
Why, you ask?
Think of it this way; if you’re well into your 40’s with a bad knee or sore hip, are you going to rely heavily on your butterfly guard to win you matches? Of course not! All that will do is add unneeded pressure and stress to an already aching joint, so why bother?
Just because you aren’t throwing out these fancy setups doesn’t mean you can’t be an effective grappler! Remember, grapple smart, not hard! I interviewed top BJJ black belts over the age of 40 and this is what they had to say on protecting your body and different stratagies. Included in that list of top black belts over 40 I interviewed was Michio Grubbs and our interview can be viewed below in the video.
The idea of “grappling smart” will also help preserve energy and will allow you to grapple longer, which obviously plays into your favor. You don’t want to get gassed, do you!?
Protecting Your Body
This may seem like an obvious statement for a sport where the objective is to quite literally rip your opponent limb-from-limb, but it’s a good one. Certain parts of your body—arms, for example—are susceptible almost always.
However, you are able to protect and keep good care of two very vital body parts: you head & neck! No matter what age you are, everyone needs to protect their noggin! However, as we get older and our body slows down a bit, the chances of serious injury increases, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
There are many ways older grapplers can protect themselves, but these are some nice starting points. Hopefully these helped and you can maintain your grappling ability for years to come!