Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – The 40 Year Old Blue Belt


I began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at age 34 and mostly trained at home using a wooden grappling dummy that I made from scratch. To see that dummy, I welcome you to check it out on YouTube here:

If you are thinking about training at home, it would benefit you to have a grappling mat. It cuts down on rug burns and can be great for tumbling and throws. I got some of those puzzle piece style grappling mats and they were great because you can set them up to fit any space that you have to train in. Plus they can come apart in sections for convenient transport and they also easily fold away when you are not using them. Here is a link to the same foam tiles I got on Amazon, they are very much well worth the investment – I guarantee that you will thank me, my brothers and sisters of the gentle art! MMA interlocking foam tiles on Amazon


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the greatest things I have ever been a part of in my life. I only wish that I would have started it sooner. It gives a person an astronomical advantage in a ground fighting situation, and fosters personal growth and social empowerment on a whole new level.


One of the best parts about training BJJ is that you can spar full force, using all of your moves and people rarely get hurt. This allows for people to hone their craft to a very highly applicable degree; arguably the highest applicable degree in all of martial arts. I invite you to check out some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Sparring sessions for beginners with commentary on YouTube here:

One thing I wish someone would have told me when I started is where to purchase a good quality and affordable Gi. Sanabul makes some of the best looking, durable and affordable Gi’s on the market. You can find the best prices on Amazon here: Sanabul Gi on Amazon

If you have not tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and are curious, there is only one way to find out what it’s about and that’s to get to a school! Any Gracie affiliated school is what I would recommend, but anywhere that feels like family is probably a good school to join.

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Please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate your interest in this segment; the internet and I would like to know what you think about it.

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2 thoughts on “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – The 40 Year Old Blue Belt”

  1. Hello Sir. Thank you for for sharing your expertise via YouTube on making a grappling dummy with realistic moving parts. I would like to know, how much would you charge to make the grappling dummy? I’m unable to locate craftsmen with carpentry skills to hire. Please let me know.
    Thank you.


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