It’s December 2017 and I’ve just finished my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class with the guys at Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts. I’m exhausted and on the verge of puking my guts out. It was a rude awakening for me. I’ve been training in the martial arts for over 35 years…how did I get so outta shape? The fat belly and the extra weight I was carrying around should have been an indication but I think I felt my current practice at the time would have given me some degree of performance to step up from. It did to some extent but no where near what I needed it to be. I was a wreck from a cardio stand point and BJJ pushes that to it’s limits the way it combines aerobic an anaerobic activity. I should have known considering I had dabbled in Judo shortly after getting my black belt in Karate. I remember puking a couple times the first couple months of that because I had over exerted myself. I tend to keep pushing myself an not giving up and in the case of Judo and Jiu-Jitsu you can absolutely gas yourself out if you muscle too much. My first class of BJJ was rough and I was a wreck afterwards but I think it has probably saved my life. I think if I had continued down the path I was following I was destined to die as a result of poor fitness, poor diet, long work hours and more beer than is healthy every week. I went from a guy with 3 black belts and fitness up the wazoo to an over weight beer drinking fat old guy who couldn’t run a block without dying. It was pathetic. 5 years prior I had cycled in my first 100km event. The thing is my age (and diet) caught up to me and I didn’t understand how quickly things could degenerate if you don’t train. I’ve trained my whole life. I was always fit. I was clueless how easy and quickly that fitness can disappear without ongoing training that is challenging. Totally ambushed so to speak. I can say this however, I have come to see that core strength if you have trained for any length of time seems to come back rather quickly. The cardio and flexibility are a little harder. I’m going to document my journey as I return back to deadly. My first class of Jiu Jitsu at the age of 46 may have sucked the life outta me but I bloody well loved it and in the short period I’ve trained so far I’ve hit some great milestones. Stay with me over the next few months and I’ll share my story.
Thanks to everyone at Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts for kicking my ass into shape.