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Really interested to hear anything @grungebob and @stimpsonslostson want to share about their training experiences, especially how they might keep their fingers from getting damaged, so they can still play guitar!
I started in June this year, a couple of weeks before my 48th birthday and after three years of inactivity due to Achilles tendon rupture / surgery. I got the all clear from the surgeon - after an op in November - to start sports training again and went in at the deep end.
After a few early injuries - ribs and shoulders kept me out for a month in July / August - I feel I'm getting somewhere. Slowly. It's a relatively new BJJ Academy so aside from the Professor we only have blue belts and white belts, plus the occasional visiting black or brown belt who knows the Prof and might train with us for a couple of weeks if they are staying locally. The blue belts have been training for around two years and a few of them are regularly winning tournaments, so I think the standard is decent. The Professor is a Black belt under Roberto ‘Gordo’ Correa in Brazil.
I've gone from being tapped in about 5 seconds in my first roll to being able to (sometimes) lasting 3, 4 or 5 minutes with a Blue Belt without tapping. I'm also starting to tap out other white belts occasionally as well as them occasionally tapping me out.
brilliant sport, challenging training and fantastic community.