One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Jerome's story because his BJJ journey puts on view a real proof that age is just a number.
New Orleans, LA. Blue Belt.
I have been a krav maga instructor for about 8 years now. About 3.5. years ago new orleans brazillian jui jitsu moved into the space downstairs. I started going down there hanging out and it got my interest up and finally joined the team.
i guess my biggest obstacle was my age, i am currently 64 years old and there was no one near my age doing this. a couple of my team mates are in thier 50's but no one in thier 60's I tended to try and use strength at first, now my training and tecnique is getting better and i dont rely on my strength any longer.
I entered my first competition last year, it just so happened to be ibjjf worlds in Las Vegas, 2018 I was 63 and did not know what to expect. (i only rolled in intersquad competition before this) I entered at the request of Coach "G" he said do what you do everyday. I had four rolls and won the first one with a lapel choke and the last three on points. I won Gold in the Master 7 division middle weight blue belt.
I learn something new everyday, you are never too old to participate in this sport. Everyone that i meet in this sport is very supportive and accomodating, i probably have a limited shelf life, but as of right now i have another good 20 years I think.