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To BJJ or not to BJJ: That is the Question

What up Mutherfukers? I come to my favorite group of MMA and combat sports degenerates to crowd-source a simple question: how should I get my competitive combat sports fix? Or more specifically, should I join a BJJ gym?

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Before you go to the comments and just type "yes," let me give you some background that might be relevant:

1) I am old. Rhymes with "warty" old. I work out daily, so I'm not hopeless, but I don't heal nearly as fast as I used to.

2) I have a wife, little kid and busy-ass job. I can probably give martial arts two days a week: max. Maybe one.

3) My boxing coach, who was better than the best thing ever, just retired. I loved the guy, because he was serious, put me through the paces, gave me the combat fix I needed (if not in a hugely competitive manner) and also left me reasonably certain that I'd wake up the next day still remembering my name.

4) I ultimately quit competitive taekwondo, not because I stopped loving it, but because I made a calculation that given my job, which requires the copious use of my brain, I couldn't really afford to be getting kicked hard in the head on a regular, or even semi-regular basis.

5) I have a surgically repaired knee that I'm pretty protective of. Six months or a year of recovery without exercise is not an option for me at this point.

All of that said, I'm not a shrinking violet either. I don't mind having violence inflicted on me in the right setting, and I don't mind geting dirty/bloody.

So how about it? With all those limitations, is it even worth it for this old dog to try to learn new, grapply tricks? Or should I just buy a speed bag for my garage and just keep living vicariously through you dudes?

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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