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Skeggsy
14-01-2010, 12:56 PM
I've been a fan for years but never gave it a go myself. I used to do TKD when until I was about 22 but nothing since then. I'd be interested in doing grappling more than anything though now. But is 27 a bit too old to start? I think i'd want to eventually compete so i've got something to train for.

phil flynn
14-01-2010, 01:02 PM
nope,i started at 27 nd i'm doing just fine mate!!!!

Reedy
14-01-2010, 01:04 PM
You are passed it

Skeggsy
14-01-2010, 01:07 PM
nope,i started at 27 nd i'm doing just fine mate!!!!

Do you fight mate?

FNG
14-01-2010, 01:10 PM
There's a guy at my gym who started BJJ aged 67, what a legend

phil flynn
14-01-2010, 01:11 PM
Do you fight mate?
i certainly do my friend!!!!
i had 9 fights last year,1 ammature,4 semi pro and 4 pro,my record is 0-0-1 ammature 3-1-0 semi pr and 3-1-0 pro,i won a title(apparently not the best title but still a title),i'm fighting in feb at 70 kg to see what thats like and i'm fighting in marbella in march,anything is possible!!!

Reedy
14-01-2010, 01:16 PM
There's a guy at my gym who started BJJ aged 67, what a legend


A guy came to my gym who was 72 with a bad back, I put him in a twister and he disinetergrated

phil flynn
14-01-2010, 01:18 PM
A guy came to my gym who was 72 with a bad back, I put him in a twister and he disinetergrated
ha ha,aren't they illegal in bjj now???or was you showing him the real side of mma!!!!

Galen Frost
14-01-2010, 01:18 PM
Im 26 and thinking of taking up BJJ too, good to hear of someone who started around my age doing well with it.

phil flynn
14-01-2010, 01:22 PM
and i know he's probably an exception to the rule but Randy Couture didn't start mma till he was 33(or around there!!!)although he was already a top top greco wrestler

Rob T
14-01-2010, 02:02 PM
I started BJJ at 25 and have done alright.

Train hard, there is no secret to it.

shakus maximus
14-01-2010, 02:06 PM
i was 30 when i started competing.
i have competed at am/semi/pro mma, bjj, submission grappling, sport jujutsu and have a decent medal haul.

get stuck in mate.

illegalhunter
14-01-2010, 02:15 PM
I started BJJ at 39 , 2 years on iam just golden

DanCrase
14-01-2010, 03:00 PM
I started walking at age 2 and I still fall on my ass from time to time.

123 MMA
14-01-2010, 03:26 PM
You can do whatever you want, start BJJ, it's a great sport.

Phil.O
14-01-2010, 03:37 PM
I started as a complete novice at 39, a sporting background but no martial arts. At 40 I won a few novice grappling / mma tournaments. Same year had had 3 pro mma fights (3-0). I wish I had started as young as 27.

Sucess means different things to different people. I am not competing at the highest level and wont be making the UFC, but getting into MMA has been a positive thing for me.

Don't let your age be an excuse to ease up or not try things, especially not at 27.

Potentially you could have a really rewarding /successful career. Being realistic to make elite level from 27 without a good competitive fighting background will be tough, but good luck with it.

Grizzly.
14-01-2010, 03:44 PM
You aren't too old considering you are regarded as being in your 'MMA Peak' between the ages of 28-35

davemfox
14-01-2010, 06:10 PM
I started as a complete novice at 39, a sporting background but no martial arts. At 40 I won a few novice grappling / mma tournaments. Same year had had 3 pro mma fights (3-0). I wish I had started as young as 27.

Sucess means different things to different people. I am not competing at the highest level and wont be making the UFC, but getting into MMA has been a positive thing for me.

Don't let your age be an excuse to ease up or not try things, especially not at 27.

Potentially you could have a really rewarding /successful career. Being realistic to make elite level from 27 without a good competitive fighting background will be tough, but good luck with it.

That's good to hear as I am a 39 yr old novice too :D

Dave

Manik
14-01-2010, 06:32 PM
Randy Couture was 33 when he first had an MMA fight (although he had been involved in competitive sports since his high school years, namely wrestling) and Cobrinha started his bjj journey quite late, I think around 26 but might be wrong about that. Just get started, train hard, and don't be discouraged when you get your arse kicked, happens to us all

Dmjohn2000
14-01-2010, 06:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RONUVzHApk

KODE
14-01-2010, 07:03 PM
One of my mates and training partners was 42 when he first started Luta Livre.

And he had his first MMA fight at 43! (which by the way he won;) )

If your willing to do achieve it you can go as far as you push yourself.

DanCrase
14-01-2010, 07:26 PM
Man you people are well old!

Iconoclast
14-01-2010, 08:38 PM
No, you're not too old.

If you were ten years older you would still not be too old.

Old Scratch
14-01-2010, 08:43 PM
You're only too old if you think you're too old.

Seriously, there are literally tons of people out there over forty who train hard and compete. Don't ask other people if you're too old because they don't know.

DanCrase
14-01-2010, 10:55 PM
Skip Hall made his debut at 57. He fought 6 times (including against the legendary Dan Severn) had a record of 2-4-0, both wins by submission, one over a 23 year old.

Maybe he didn't have the best record, but he did alright

featherz
15-01-2010, 01:47 PM
Done my back at work last week was about to start training, my muscle is spazaming (SP) so gotta rest for a few weeks, im 22 about to turn 23 and im thinking its getting to late to start but reading this thread has made me feel alot better.

Sledge
15-01-2010, 02:10 PM
Skip Hall FTW

DanCrase
15-01-2010, 02:15 PM
Done my back at work last week was about to start training, my muscle is spazaming (SP) so gotta rest for a few weeks, im 22 about to turn 23 and im thinking its getting to late to start but reading this thread has made me feel alot better.

The thing is, 15 years or so ago; 30 was retirement age in combat sports (James "Buster" Douglas was allegedly "over the hill" when he beat Mike Tyson for the ehavyweight championship of the world in 1990, although he was only 30) but with modern advances in training and nutrition, it's not unusual to see sportsmen doing relatively well, right up into their mid and late 30's (Sean Sherk is 36, Nate Quarry didn't get onto TUF and, thus, the UFC til he was 33, even though he didn't start fighting til he was nearly 30 anyhow....etc, there's loads of em)

Don't worry so much about being the age you are, just concentrate on training like a beast!

Nenki
15-01-2010, 02:19 PM
Randy Couture was 33 when he first had an MMA fight (although he had been involved in competitive sports since his high school years, namely wrestling) and Cobrinha started his bjj journey quite late, I think around 26 but might be wrong about that. Just get started, train hard, and don't be discouraged when you get your arse kicked, happens to us all

Cobrinha was 21, which is quite late considering all the Gracies started from 2-4 and guys like Galvao, Maia, Garcia were 16-18.

His secret.....twice a day trainng seven days a week.

Conclusion...your never too old if your willing to put the time and effort in.

DanCrase
15-01-2010, 02:35 PM
Cobrinha was 21, which is quite late considering all the Gracies started from 2-4 and guys like Galvao, Maia, Garcia were 16-18.

His secret.....twice a day trainng seven days a week.

Conclusion...your never too old if your willing to put the time and effort in.

And as for those who say "but my body doesn't get time to recover if I train too much", I believe that 90% of "recovery" is mental

Thai Boxers in Thailand train 5 or 6 hours a day EVERY DAY, fighting several times a week; don't hear them complaining. They muscle through the aches and pains because they don't have the luxury of having a choice in the matter.

The human body is a wonderful thing, but it is a slave to the mind

Nenki
15-01-2010, 02:56 PM
And as for those who say "but my body doesn't get time to recover if I train too much", I believe that 90% of "recovery" is mental

Thai Boxers in Thailand train 5 or 6 hours a day EVERY DAY, fighting several times a week; don't hear them complaining. They muscle through the aches and pains because they don't have the luxury of having a choice in the matter.

The human body is a wonderful thing, but it is a slave to the mind

probably been posted before but...This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obdd31Q9PqA

DanCrase
15-01-2010, 03:28 PM
probably been posted before but...This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obdd31Q9PqA

Precisely!

TheMonk!!
15-01-2010, 09:31 PM
a guy at total combat made his debut at 45 he looked quite good but was shit so nothings impossible , he did get KTFO lol